Position Type
- Present
She / Her / Hers

Dr. Kamhi’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying adaptive behavior. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience from Boston University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Kamhi’s work specifically focuses on ant social behavior. She integrates behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroanatomical techniques in both the lab and the field to understand how individual ants can support group behavior. She teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and seminars in Behavioral Neuroscience.

B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Boston University



Selected publications:

  • Kamhi, J.F., Barron, A.B., and A. Narendra (2020). Vertical lobes of the mushroom bodies are essential for view-based navigation in Australian Myrmecia ants. Current Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.030.
  • Kamhi, J.F., Ilieş, I., and J.F.A. Traniello (2019). Social complexity and brain evolution: comparative analysis of modularity and integration in formicine ant brain organization. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. doi: 10.1159/000497267.
  • Sheehan, Z., Kamhi, J.F., Seid, M.A., and A. Narendra (2019). Differential investment in brain regions for a diurnal and nocturnal lifestyle in Australian Myrmecia ants. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 527 (7): 1261-1277.
  • Kamhi, J.F., Arganda, S., Moreau, C.S. and J.F.A. Traniello (2017). Origins of aminergic regulation of behavior in complex insect social systems. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11 (74): doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2017.00074.
  • Kamhi, J.F., Gronenberg, W., Robson, S.K.A., and J.F.A. Traniello (2016). Social complexity influences brain production and operation costs in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society: B. 283 (1841).
  • 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).
  • 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.