Associate Professor

1996 BA Hamilton College
2004 MA UC Davis
2007 PhD UC Davis
2012 PostDoctoral Fellowship Columbia University


I am a biological psychologist and primatologist with specialized training in molecular neuroscience and sophisticated approaches to primate behavior. My lab focuses on the multigenerational effects of early experiences and genomic plasticity on stress-related behavior and diseases, with recent funding from NIAID, NICHD, OD, ODS, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and Escher Foundation in the U.S. At CIS, I have taught Strategic Learning and Growth, Deriving Insights from Evidence and Neurons to Society. In 2021-2022 I served on the CIS Academic Standards Committee and the CIS College Council.


Dubai Academic City, Remote



Teaching Areas

Biological Psychology, Neuroscience, Epigenetics

Research and Professional Activities

Baxter, A., Capitanio, J. P., Bales, K.L, Kinnally, E. L. (2021) Biobehavioral Organization Shapes the Immune Epigenome in Infant Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). Brain Behavior and Immunity, 256-270.

Ceniceros, L.C., Capitanio, J.P., Kinnally, E.L. (2021) Prenatal Stress Promotes Resilience in Infant Rhesus Monkeys. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 48.

Warren W.C., Harris, R.A., Haukness M., Fiddes I.T., Murali, Dishuck, S.P., Storer JM, Fernandes J, Raveendran M, Hillier LW, Gordon D, Vollger M, Murali, AL, Mao Y, Munson KM, DeVogelaere E, Armstrong J, Diekhans M, Walker JA, Tomlinson C, Graves T, Kremitzki M, Salam S, Audano P, Escalona M, Maurer NW, Antonacci F, Mercuri L, Maggiolini F, Catacchio C, Underwood J, O’Conner D, Sanders A, Korbel J, Ferguson B, Kubisch HM, Picker L, Kalin N, Rosene D, Abbott D, Gray S, Sanchez M, Kemnitz J, Roberts J, Thomasy S, Kinnally E.L., Capitanio, JP Horvath J, Platt M, Cole S, Green RE, Ventura M, Wiseman RW, Paten B, Batzer MA, Rogers J, Eichler EE. (2020) Diversity and evolutionary analyses of an improved rhesus macaque genome enhance its biomedical utility. Science, 370, 6523, eabc6617.

Kinnally, E.L., *Gonzalez, M.N., Capitanio, J.P. (2018) Three Generations of Paternal Line Transgenerational Effects of Early Experience in Rhesus Macaques. Developmental Psychobiology 60 (8), 879-888.