Principal Investigator

Dayu received her Ph.D. degree from 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.

Dongyu received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology from Drexel University College of Medicine, where she finished her thesis work with Dr. Huijuan Hu. She joined the Lin lab in Spring 2018. She is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying mating, aggressive, and maternal behaviors by using both in vivo and in vitro methods.

Takuya Osakada, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

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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Graduate Students

Vaishali graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Biology. She joined the lab in late 2017 and is intrigued by the hormonal and sensory influences on the aggressive circuit.

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.

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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.

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Research Associates

Chloe Haddaway graduated from NYU Shanghai in 2018 with a degree in Neuroscience. She joined the lab in June of 2018 as a research associate to manage lab duties and pursue her own project. Chloe is interested in the study of impulsivity and innate behaviors in rodents.

Lab Manager

Xiaoyu Tong

Xiaoyu Tong graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. He joined the lab in September of 2019 as a research associate. Xiaoyu is interested in the study of automatic annotation of behaviors using machine learning techniques. He is also interested in studying the development of social structure in mice communities.

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Visiting Students

Zhichao is a graduate student in Peking University. He joined the lab as a visiting student in the fall of 2017. Combining in vivo recording and genetical manipulation tools, he is eager to learn more about the neural circuitry underlying innate social behaviors like sexual and aggressive behaviors.

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Volunteers

Yiwen Jiang

Yiwen received her bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is now a master's student at NYU. She joined the lab in Summer 2019, pursuing her interest in learning neural mechanism underlying social behaviors and in automating annotation of animal behaviors.

Govind Shekaran

Govind is an undergraduate student at NYU and joined the lab as a volunteer in June 2019. He is pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Bioethics. Govind is interested in the interplay between brain regions and neural circuits that lead to innate behaviors.

Ashley Urtecho

Ashley is an undergraduate student at NYU and joined the lab in October 2019. She is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies and is on the pre-health track. She is interested in studying the mechanisms and brain regions responsible for social behaviors, particularly sexual and maternal behaviors.

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.

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Alumni

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

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