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:
- 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).
- 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]