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 Joshua Corbin. She is interested in understanding the developmental and molecular underpinnings of innate behaviors such as mating, aggression and predator avoidance in male and female mice.

Supported by the Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience and NIMH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award.


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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Luping received her Ph.D. degree from The Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, China in 2016 where she was mentored by Dr. Yousheng Shu. After completing her degree, she continued her first-round of postdoctoral training at Duke university with Dr. Fan Wang. In August 2019, she joined Lin lab to pursue investigating the neural circuit mechanisms of maternal aggression. Her goal is to elucidate how exactly the animal perceives cues from its counterparts.

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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.

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. She joined the lab in Summer 2019, pursuing her interest in learning neural mechanisms underlying social behaviors.

Research Associate / Lab Manager

Undergraduate Students
Avni Varshneya

Avni is an undergraduate at NYU pursuing a B.S. in Biology and Global Public Health. She joined the lab as a research volunteer in February 2020. She is interested in how the brain underlies sexual and maternal behavior and wants to learn more about the role of hormones in neural circuitry.

Lynn Shan

Lynn is an undergraduate at NYU and joined the lab in October 2020 as a research volunteer. She is pursuing a major in Neuroscience with a minor in Molecular and cellular biology. She is interested in studying the underpinning biophysiological changes of social behaviors, including aggression and violent behavior.

Chenxi Shi

Chenxi is an undergraduate at Hunter College pursuing a major in Behavioral Neurobiology and a minor in Sociology. He joined the lab in November 2020 as a research volunteer.  He is interested in studying how developmental signaling influence the circuitry that drives innate behaviors, as well as learning more about the different experimental techniques used in the field of neuroscience. 

Mashrur Khan

Mashrur is an undergraduate at NYU pursuing a B.A. in Sociology on the premed track. He joined the lab as a research volunteer in February 2021. He is curious about the intersections between sociology and neuroscience, and is interested in learning more about the neural mechanisms that underlie innate social behaviors.

Jared Burke

Jared is an undergraduate at NYU pursuing a major in Neuroscience. He joined the lab in July 2021 as an intern before becoming a research volunteer. He is interested in studying the neural mechanisms involved in stress and stress related responses. 

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. 


Xiaoyu Tong, Research Associate: 2019-2021, currently a graduate student at Lehigh University

Dongyu (Doria) Wei, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2018-2021, currently a scientific investigator at GlaxoSmithKline

Dakota(Jiawen) Fan, Undergraduate volunteer: 2019-2020, currently a graduate student at New York University

Zhichao Guo, Visiting Student: 2017-2020, currently a PhD student at Peking University


Ashley Urtecho, Undergraduate volunteer: 2019-2020, currently an undergraduate at New York University

Govind Shekaran, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2019-2020, New York University,  currently a Master's student in the Biomedical Sciences Program at Rutgers University

Amy Kuang, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2017-2020, currently an undergraduate at Stony Brook University

Vivian Chaca, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2018-2020

Maria Helena Grba, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2017-2019, currently a medical student at Midwestern University

Yuxin Tong, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2018-2019


Tianbo Qi, Summer Volunteer: 2018, currently an undergraduate at Tsinghua University 

Hao Wu, Summer Volunteer: 2018, currently an undergraduate at Tsinghua University 

Alise Hiu Ching Au, Lab Manager: 2016 - 2018, currently working for Opentrons 

Annegret Falkner, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2014 - 2018, currently a Principal Investigator at Princeton University 


Felipe Yanez, Volunteer: 2018

Yijing Gao, Research Associate 2017-2018, currently a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Bio-Engineering Program

Li Wang, Graduate Student 2018

Yi-Ya Fang, Graduate Student 2018, currently at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Daiana Chen, High School Volunteer: 2017 - 2018 

Koichi Hashikawa, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2013-2017, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stuber Lab, University of North Carolina

Hala Aqel, Undergraduate Summer Intern: 2017

Andrew Duffy, Undergraduate Summer Intern: 2017

James Feng, M.D., Medical Student: 2011-2017, currently Resident Physician at New York University School of Medicine

Alexander Sabol, Undergraduate Summer Intern: 2016

Amy Kuang, High School Volunteer: 2015-2017

Kevin Mao, High School Volunteer: 2015-2017

Li Wang, Lab Manager: 2012-2017

Irene Chen, Lab Manager: 2010-2012

Li Chin Wong, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2011-2015, currently a scientist at Merck