Psychiatry Neuroscience Research
In NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry, our researchers are investigating the neuroscience behind innate animal behaviors such as mating, fighting, and predator defense. Using mice as an animal model, Dayu Lin, PhD, and her colleagues aim to better understand the neural circuits that control and modulate those behaviors. This research is a first step toward a more comprehensive knowledge of social behaviors in humans.
Dr. Lin’s lab receives ongoing research support from the Irma T. Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trust and The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation, as well as the following institutes.
National Institute of Mental Health
Deconstruction of a Neural Circuit for Aggression; 1R01MH101377
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Dissecting the Neural Circuits of Maternal Behaviors; 1R01HD092596-01A1
Investigating the Neural Mechanism of Maternal Motivation; 1R21HD090563-01A1
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Dr. Lin’s lab offers research training opportunities to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting students, and undergraduate volunteers.
Our neuroscience research faculty are experts in the field.
For more information about our neuroscience research in the Department of Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our psychiatry neuroscience research faculty publish frequently in peer-reviewed journals. Here is a selection of their recent publications.
Oxytocin neurons enable social transmission of maternal behaviour
Nature. 2021 Aug ; 596:553-557
Neural circuits of social behaviors: Innate yet flexible
Neuron. 2021 May 19; 109:1600-1620
Neural mechanisms of aggression across species
Nature neuroscience. 2020 Nov ; 23:1317-1328
Next-generation GRAB sensors for monitoring dopaminergic activity in vivo
Nature methods. 2020 Nov ; 17:1156-1166
Posterior amygdala regulates sexual and aggressive behaviors in male mice
Nature neuroscience. 2020 Sep ; 23:1111-1124
Hierarchical Representations of Aggression in a Hypothalamic-Midbrain Circuit
Neuron. 2020 May 20; 106:637-648.e6
Homeostatic Regulation of Reward via Synaptic Insertion of Calcium-Permeable AMPA Receptors in Nucleus Accumbens
Physiology & behavior. 2020 Feb 21; 112850
Modulatory Effects of Food Restriction on Brain and Behavioral Effects of Abused Drugs
Current pharmaceutical design. 2020 Jan ; 26:2363-2371