Systems Neuroscience

Behavioral Neuropharmocology 

Molecular Genetics

Monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) are highly affiliative and form strong social bonds with their mates, making them ideal candidates to investigate, among other things, the biological basis of social bonds.

 

Understanding the mechanisms underlying the regulation of normal social behavior will provide critical insights into social impairments observed in psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  

 

From genetic variation, to network function, to a full suite of behavioral outputs, our hybrid approach to social neuroscience offers us the opportunity to make significant advances towards understanding the evolution and biological basis of social behavior.