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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.

Oxytocin neurons enable social transmission of maternal behaviour

Carcea, Ioana; Caraballo, Naomi López; Marlin, Bianca J; Ooyama, Rumi; Riceberg, Justin S; Mendoza Navarro, Joyce M; Opendak, Maya; Diaz, Veronica E; Schuster, Luisa; Alvarado Torres, Maria I; Lethin, Harper; Ramos, Daniel; Minder, Jessica; Mendoza, Sebastian L; Bair-Marshall, Chloe J; Samadjopoulos, Grace H; Hidema, Shizu; Falkner, Annegret; Lin, Dayu; Mar, Adam; Wadghiri, Youssef Z; Nishimori, Katsuhiko; Kikusui, Takefumi; Mogi, Kazutaka; Sullivan, Regina M; Froemke, Robert C

Nature. 2021 Aug ; 596:553-557

Neural circuits of social behaviors: Innate yet flexible

Wei, Dongyu; Talwar, Vaishali; Lin, Dayu

Neuron. 2021 May 19; 109:1600-1620

Neural mechanisms of aggression across species

Lischinsky, Julieta E; Lin, Dayu

Nature neuroscience. 2020 Nov ; 23:1317-1328

Next-generation GRAB sensors for monitoring dopaminergic activity in vivo

Sun, Fangmiao; Zhou, Jingheng; Dai, Bing; Qian, Tongrui; Zeng, Jianzhi; Li, Xuelin; Zhuo, Yizhou; Zhang, Yajun; Wang, Yipan; Qian, Cheng; Tan, Ke; Feng, Jiesi; Dong, Hui; Lin, Dayu; Cui, Guohong; Li, Yulong

Nature methods. 2020 Nov ; 17:1156-1166

Posterior amygdala regulates sexual and aggressive behaviors in male mice

Yamaguchi, Takashi; Wei, Dongyu; Song, Soomin C; Lim, Byungkook; Tritsch, Nicolas X; Lin, Dayu

Nature neuroscience. 2020 Sep ; 23:1111-1124

Hierarchical Representations of Aggression in a Hypothalamic-Midbrain Circuit

Falkner, Annegret L; Wei, Dongyu; Song, Anjeli; Watsek, Li W; Chen, Irene; Chen, Patricia; Feng, James E; Lin, Dayu

Neuron. 2020 May 20; 106:637-648.e6

Homeostatic Regulation of Reward via Synaptic Insertion of Calcium-Permeable AMPA Receptors in Nucleus Accumbens

Carr, Kenneth D

Physiology & behavior. 2020 Feb 21; 112850

Modulatory Effects of Food Restriction on Brain and Behavioral Effects of Abused Drugs

Carr, Kenneth D

Current pharmaceutical design. 2020 Jan ; 26:2363-2371