Ph.D., Emory Univ.
M.Sc., Oxford Univ.
B.S., Univ. of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Seraphin is a Haitian-American, primate behavioral neuroscientist who studies the evolutionary developmental neurobiology and ecology (Evo-Devo) of stress. As an undergraduate concentrating in biobehavioral studies at UMass-Boston, she researched parental care in rats and endangered sea birds (Sterna dougallii dougallii). While completing an M.Sc. in human biology at Oxford University, she set-up the first field-endocrinology laboratory in Budongo Forest, Uganda, for her thesis on the psychoneuroimmunology of stress in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes). She joined the founding cohort of graduate students in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University, where her anthropology dissertation examined the effects of differential rearing on brain dopamine and behavior, in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta), at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Subsequently, she completed three years of post-doctoral fellowship training in cellular and molecular neurobiology as well as developmental psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.