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Osceola Whitney

Osceola Whitney

Assistant Professor

City College of New York
CDI 3.376

New York , NY 10027
Office Phone: (212) 650-5681


  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, New Mexico State University, 2012
  2. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2004
  3. Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Florida State University, 2003
  4. M.S. in Psychology, Florida A&M University, 1998
  5. B.S. in Psychology, Lincoln University, PA 1995


Osceola Whitney investigates how and why birds sing. His current work uses zebra finch songbirds to identify some of the single gene constituents, gene regulatory networks, and epigenetic modifications that are associated with the maturation and maintenance of the songbird neural system for vocal-motor-control.

Selected Publications:

Whitney O, et al. Differential FoxP2 and FoxP1 expression in a vocal learning nucleus of the developing budgerigar. Dev Neurobiol. 2015 75(7):778-90. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22247. PMID: 25407828

Whitney O, et al. Core and region-enriched networks of behaviorally regulated genes and the singing genome. Science. 2014 346(6215):1256780. doi: 10.1126/science.1256780. PMID: 25504732

Pfenning AR, et al. Convergent transcriptional specializations in the brains of humans and song-learning birds. Science. 2014 346(6215):1256846. doi: 10.1126/science.1256846. PMID: 25504733

Warren WC, et al.The genome of a songbird. Nature. 2010 464(7289):757-62. doi: 10.1038/nature08819. PMID: 20360741

Whitney O, Soderstrom K, Johnson F. Post-transcriptional regulation of zenk expression associated with zebra finch vocal development. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2000 80(2):279-90. PMID: 11038263