Tali Kimchi's Lab

We are studying the neuronal and molecular mechanisms that govern reproductive behavioral patterns and social interactions.

The lab focuses on two main themes:

  1. Elucidating how sexually dimorphic reproductive behaviors, such as mating, parental care and aggression, are encoded by the male and female brain, and regulated by environmental stimuli (focusing on olfactory signals).
  2. Dissecting the mechanisms underlying social behaviors and group organization in neurotypical and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)-related mouse models.

Our animal model: laboratory and wild-caught mice.

We combine multidisciplinary techniques, including a wide range of automated social behavioral phenotyping methodologies, transgenic mouse models, viral gene manipulations and neuronal tracing, optogenetics, neurochemical and endocrine methodologies.[Read More]