Neuroethology of sexually dimorphic social behavior

The lab focuses on two main themes:

  1. Elucidating the encoding of sexually dimorphic reproductive behaviors, such as mating, parental care and aggression, by the male and female brain, and their regulation by environmental stimuli.
  2. Dissecting the mechanisms underlying social behaviors and group organization in neurotypical and autism-related mouse models.

Our animal models: laboratory and wild-caught mice, blind mole rats (BMR, Spalax ehrenbergi).

We combine multidisciplinary techniques, including automated social behavioral phenotyping, transgenic mouse models, viral gene manipulations, neuronal tracing, optogenetics, molecular biology etc.