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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.

Learn more about the research in Dr. Lin’s lab. To read more about the interdisciplinary work she participates in, visit the Neuroscience Institute.

Current Grants

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

Oxytocin Modulation of Neural Circuit Function and Behavior; U19 209410

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

Brain Initiative Supplement to Novel Fluorescent Sensors Based on GPCRs for Imaging Neuromodulation; U01NS103558

Research Training

Dr. Lin’s lab offers research training opportunities to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting students, and undergraduate volunteers.

Research Faculty

Our neuroscience research faculty are experts in the field.

Dayu Lin, PhD
Kenneth D. Carr, PhD
Tanya C. Sippy, MD, PhD

Contact Us

For more information about our neuroscience research in the Department of Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Lin at

Recent Publications

Our psychiatry neuroscience research faculty publish frequently in peer-reviewed journals. Here is a selection of their recent publications.

Monitoring norepinephrine release in vivo using next-generation GRABNE sensors

Feng, Jiesi; Dong, Hui; Lischinsky, Julieta E; Zhou, Jingheng; Deng, Fei; Zhuang, Chaowei; Miao, Xiaolei; Wang, Huan; Li, Guochuan; Cai, Ruyi; Xie, Hao; Cui, Guohong; Lin, Dayu; Li, Yulong

Neuron. 2024 Mar 26;

Blueprinting extendable nanomaterials with standardized protein blocks

Huddy, Timothy F; Hsia, Yang; Kibler, Ryan D; Xu, Jinwei; Bethel, Neville; Nagarajan, Deepesh; Redler, Rachel; Leung, Philip J Y; Weidle, Connor; Courbet, Alexis; Yang, Erin C; Bera, Asim K; Coudray, Nicolas; Calise, S John; Davila-Hernandez, Fatima A; Han, Hannah L; Carr, Kenneth D; Li, Zhe; McHugh, Ryan; Reggiano, Gabriella; Kang, Alex; Sankaran, Banumathi; Dickinson, Miles S; Coventry, Brian; Brunette, T J; Liu, Yulai; Dauparas, Justas; Borst, Andrew J; Ekiert, Damian; Kollman, Justin M; Bhabha, Gira; Baker, David

Nature. 2024 Mar ; 627:898-904

Sex difference in the effect of environmental enrichment on food restriction-induced persistence of cocaine conditioned place preference and mechanistic underpinnings

Weiner, Sydney P; Vasquez, Carolina; Song, Soomin; Zhao, Kaiyang; Ali, Omar; Rosenkilde, Danielle; Froemke, Robert C; Carr, Kenneth D

Addiction neuroscience. 2024 Mar ; 10:

Brain-wide multi-fiber recording of neuronal activity in freely moving mice

Dai, Bing; Guo, Zhichao; Lin, Dayu

STAR protocols. 2024 Feb 08; 5:102882

A dedicated hypothalamic oxytocin circuit controls aversive social learning

Osakada, Takuya; Yan, Rongzhen; Jiang, Yiwen; Wei, Dongyu; Tabuchi, Rina; Dai, Bing; Wang, Xiaohan; Zhao, Gavin; Wang, Clara Xi; Liu, Jing-Jing; Tsien, Richard W; Mar, Adam C; Lin, Dayu

Nature. 2024 Feb ; 626:347-356

Identifying behavioral links to neural dynamics of multifiber photometry recordings in a mouse social behavior network

Chen, Yibo; Chien, Jonathan; Dai, Bing; Lin, Dayu; Chen, Zhe Sage

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology. 2024 Jan 06;

A dedicated hypothalamic oxytocin circuit controls aversive social learning

Osakada, Takuya; Yan, Rongzhen; Jiang, Yiwen; Wei, Dongyu; Tabuchi, Rina; Dai, Bing; Wang, Xiaohan; Zhao, Gavin; Wang, Clara Xi; Liu, Jing Jing; Tsien, Richard W.; Mar, Adam C.; Lin, Dayu

Nature. 2024 Jan 01; ?-?

Transcriptionally defined amygdala subpopulations play distinct roles in innate social behaviors

Lischinsky, Julieta E; Yin, Luping; Shi, Chenxi; Prakash, Nandkishore; Burke, Jared; Shekaran, Govind; Grba, Maria; Corbin, Joshua G; Lin, Dayu

Nature neuroscience. 2023 Dec ; 26:2131-2146