Dr. Lynn Fairbanks has been director of the Center for Primate Neuroethology and director of the Vervet Research Colony since 2000. She is a member of the board of directors and chair of the research committee for the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development and serves as a statistical consultant for the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Dr. Fairbanks received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1974, with a specialty in animal behavior. She came to UCLA as a research psychologist in 1975, and joined the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 2000. Nationally she has served on the editorial board of several prestigious journals in animal behavior (Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, American Journal of Primatology), and as reviewer for NIH, NSF, Leakey Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and for numerous journals in the field of biobehavioral development.
As director of the vervet research colony, Dr. Fairbanks has initiated a program of research to develop the vervet monkey and the Vervet Research Colony (VRC) pedigree as a resource for biobehavioral and biomedical research. The vervets at the VRC are housed in large multigenerational matrilineal social groups that allow the development of individual differences in biobehavioral traits within the context of normal social development.
In her current research, Dr. Fairbanks is combining her long-term interest in the development of individual differences with the newly constructed genetics resources of the VRC to identify genetic, maternal and neurobiological contributions to variation in traits related to vulnerability for psychopathology. Toward this aim, Dr. Fairbanks has established collaborations with colleagues in cognition, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, pharmacology and genetics, and has developed standardized behavioral methods to characterize individual differences in large numbers of socially living monkeys. The long-term goal of this research program is to provide new insights into developmental and genetic contributions to traits such as impulsivity, anxiety, sociability and aggressiveness that influence the quality of life and create risk for psychopathology in people.
A selected list of publications:
Jasinska Anna J, Lin Michelle K, Service Susan, Choi Oi-Wa, Deyoung Joseph, Grujic Olivera, Kong Sit-Yee, Jung Yoon, Jorgensen Mathew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Turner Trudy, Cantor Rita M, Wasserscheid Jessica, Dewar Ken, Warren Wesley, Wilson Richard K, Weinstock George, Jentsch J David, Freimer Nelson B
A non-human primate system for large-scale genetic studies of complex
Human molecular genetics,
Fears Scott C, Scheibel Kevin, Abaryan Zvart, Lee Chris, Service Susan K, Jorgensen Matthew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Cantor Rita M, Freimer Nelson B, Woods Roger P
Anatomic brain asymmetry in vervet monkeys
Jasinska Anna J, Service Susan, Levinson Matthew, Slaten Erin, Lee Oliver, Sobel Eric, Fairbanks Lynn A, Bailey Julia N, Jorgensen Matthew J, Breidenthal Sherry E, Dewar Ken, Hudson Thomas J, Palmour Roberta, Freimer Nelson B, Ophoff Roel A
A genetic linkage map of the vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops
Mammalian genome : official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society,