Franne Kamhi

10917884_934546005194_1951006109331238021_nI’ve long been fascinated by neuroscience and throughout my explorations of the field, I’ve narrowed my focus to neuroethology.  I am broadly interested in the neural mechanisms underlying adaptive behaviors.

My work focuses on ant sociobiology, neuromodulation, and comparative neuroanatomy.  Currently, I am studying the visual circuitry involved in navigation in Australian bull ants (Myrmecia).


Scientific Career

2016 – present. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


2015. Ph.D. Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, USA

2008. B.A. High Honors in Neuroscience, minor in Psychology, Oberlin College, OH, USA


  1. Kamhi JF, Gronenberg W, Robson SKA, Traniello JFA. 2016 Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20161949.
  2. Giraldo, Y.M., Kamhi, J.F., Fourcassié, V., Moreau, M., Robson, S.K.A., Rusakov, A., Wimberly, L., Diloreto, A., Kordek, A., and J.F.A. Traniello (2016). Lifespan behavioral and neural resilience in a social insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society: B., 283 (1822).
  3. Kamhi, J.F., Nunn, K., Robson, S.K.A., and J.F.A. Traniello (2015). Polymorphism and division of labor in a socially complex ant: neuromodulation of aggression in the Australian Weaver Ant, Oecophylla smaragdina. Proceedings of the Royal Society: B., 282(1811).
  4. Kamhi, J.F. and J.F.A. Traniello (2013). Biogenic amines and collective organization in a superorganism: neuromodulation of social behavior in ants. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 82(4): 220-236.
  5. Muscedere, M.L., Johnson, N., Gillis, B. C., Kamhi, J. F., and J.F.A. Traniello (2012). Serotonin modulates worker responsiveness to trail pheromone in the ant Pheidole dentata. Journal of Comparative Physiology, 198(3): 219-227.
  6. Snyder, J.S., Choe, J.S., Clifford, M.A., Jeurling, S.I., Hurley, P., Brown, A., Kamhi, J.F., and H.A. Cameron (2009). Adult-born neurons are more numerous, faster maturing and more involved in behavior in rats than in mice. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(46): 14484-14495.
  7. Snyder, J.S., Glover, L.R., Sanzone, K.M., Kamhi, J.F., and H.A. Cameron (2009). The effects of exercise and stress on the survival and maturation of adult-generated granule cells. Hippocampus, 19(10): 898-906.