Anita Autry is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Catherine Dulac’s lab. She is studying the neural circuits controlling parental behavior using anatomical tracing, gene expression analysis via ribosomal affinity purification, and optogenetic and chemogenetic methods. She co-authored a study in 2014 uncovering the essential role for galanin-expressing neurons in the medial preoptic area in control of parental behavior (Wu, Autry et al., Nature, 2014). In 2016, Dr. Autry co-authored a paper describing the use of whole-brain imaging of immediate early gene expression to study brain areas activated during behaviors (Renier et al., Cell, 2016). Dr. Autry is funded by a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and a NICHD Pathway to Independence award. Dr. Autry received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2011, where she studied the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine (Autry et al., Nature, 2011).