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Principal Investigator

Dayu received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of neurobiology at Duke University in 2005, mentored by Dr. Lawrence C. Katz. She then continued her postdoctoral training at Caltech with Dr. David J. Anderson. In November 2010, she started her independent research group at NYU Langone medical center studying the neural mechanisms of social behaviors.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Takashi received his Ph. D. degree from Osaka University under the supervision of Prof. Shigetada Nakanishi in 2013. After his Ph. D. and postdoctoral training in Nakanishi's lab, he jonined Lin's lab in the spring 2015. He is interested in the neural substrates of mating and fighting circuits beyond the hypothalamus.


Julieta received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University in 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Joshua Corbin. She is interested in understanding the developmental, molecular and circuitry underpinnings of innate social behaviors such as mating, and aggression in male and female mice.
Supported by the Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience and NIMH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award.

Check out Julieta's website to find out more about her academic journey, research interests and updates:


Takuya received his Ph. D. in Agriculture at The University of Tokyo in 2017. During postdoctoral training under Prof. Kazushige Touhara at the Department of Applied Biological Chemistry at The University of Tokyo, he worked on the ERATO Touhara Chemosensory project. Takuya joined the Lin Lab in the Fall of 2018 and is interested in social and maternal behaviors. 


Long Mei received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology through the Peking university-Tsinghua university-National institute of biological Science (PTN) joint program under the supervision of Prof. Erquan Eric Zhang in 2018. He joined the Lin lab in November 2018 and is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of maternal behaviors and social contagious behaviors.

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Rongzhen received her Ph.D. degree from the School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology at Peking University in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Qiang Zhou. She then continued her postdoctoral training at University of Pittsburgh with Prof. Yanhua Huang. She joined the Lin lab in January 2021. By combining a wide range of approaches, she is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of aggressive and defensive behaviors. She aims to determine the effects of different external factors on social behaviors and the potential neural mechanisms that lead to deficits in disease models.


Ami completed his Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of Haifa in 2023, where he was mentored by Dr. Oded Klavir. In the Summer of the same year, he became a member of the Lin Lab. His main focus of research revolves around understanding the neural processes underlying aggression and the formation of social hierarchies.

Graduate Students
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Bing received his Bachelor’s degree from Southeast University, and he joined the lab in Spring 2018. He is interested in mouse aggression behavior and neural plasticity behind it.


Veronica graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. She joined the lab in Summer 2018 and is interested in characterizing neural circuits underlying innate behaviors including aggression and maternal care, as well as competition between needs. 


Patrick received a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.  In collaboration with Dr. Robert Froemke, he is interested in understanding how social experiences alter the function of neural circuits – particularly in the context of parental behaviors.  He plans to use a combination of in vivo recording techniques, functional manipulation approaches, and behavioral experiments to study sensory and conspecific representations in hypothalamic circuits.

Research Associates

Yiwen received a B.S. in Biotechnology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an M.S. in Biology from NYU. They joined the lab in Summer 2019, pursuing their interest in learning neural mechanisms underlying social behaviors.

Research Associate / Lab Manager

Master's Students
Yifan Wang

Yifan is a graduate student at CUHK(SZ) pursuing an M.S. in Biological Science. He joined the Lin lab in 2023 as a visiting student and is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of maternal behaviors and social behaviors.

Undergraduate Students
Rina Tabuchi

Rina Tabuchi is an undergraduate student at Montclair State University in NJ. She majors in Music Therapy and minors in Psychology. She is pursuing a career in neuroscience or medicine to study how music may impact our physical and mental health in the scope of neuroscience. She joined the lab in August 2021 as a research volunteer. She is interested in learning experimental techniques in neuroscience and studying how emotions may play a role in the perception of environmental stimuli, including auditory information, and physiological responses, which result in behavioral changes. 

Dylan Rhodes

Dylan is an undergraduate student at New York University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neural Science with a minor in Music on the Pre-Med Track. He joined Dayu Lin's lab in Fall 2022, where he aims to learn about the neural circuitry behind how sensory phenomena modulates behavioral responses. Moreover, he is interested in studying neurologically/psychiatric-related disease etiologies and how knowledge about behavioral mechanisms can yield potential therapies for depressive, anxious, trauma-related, or other conditions in humans in the near future.  

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Divya Gottiparthy

Divya is an undergraduate student at Binghamton University, pursuing a major in Integrative Neuroscience on the pre-med track. She joined the Lin Lab in June 2023. She is interested in learning more about the interactions of neural circuits and the role physiological mechanisms in the amygdala play in socially driven behaviors such as aggression and mating.  

Flynn Gray

Flynn is an undergraduate studying at the University of California, Berkeley studying Cognitive Science and Computer Science. He joined the lab in June 2023 and has been investigating the neural circuitry underlying the maternal instincts of nursing and aggression. Furthermore, he is interested in computational neuroscience and brain-inspired artificial intelligence. 

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