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Laboratory of Social Neurobiology

The Laboratory of Social Neurobiology investigates the molecular and neuroendocrine mechanisms by which neuropeptides and neuropeptide receptors regulate social behaviors. We use a range of techniques ranging from transgenics, viral vector gene transfer, and promoter analysis to examine the mechanisms underlying social behaviors such as affiliation, pair bonding and social recognition in rodents. Insights gained from the study of the neural mechanisms regulating social behavior will be useful in guiding novel treatment strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders.