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Principal Investigator
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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
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Jing obtained her P.h.D. degree from UTHealth Houston under the supervision of Dr. Qingchun Tong in the end of 2023. She then joined Lin lab in the same winter. Jing is interested in how chronic winning affects behaviors that are essential for animal survival.

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.

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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
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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 the summer of 2019, pursuing their interest in learning neural mechanisms underlying social behaviors, including social avoidance, social hierarchy, and territory formation.

Research Associate / Lab Manager

Undergraduate Students
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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. 

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Aishu Gollamudi

Aishu is an undergraduate at NYU pursuing a neural science major. She joined the lab in September 2021 as a research volunteer. She is currently interested in the relationship between certain neural pathways along with cells and behavioral responses.

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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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Matthew Tokar

Matthew is an undergraduate student at New York University pursuing a Degree in Behavioral Biology at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He joined Dayu Lin's lab in Summer 2023 to explore his interest in neuroscience research and the applications of optogenetics. He is interested in the study and treatment of mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, psychosis, and eating disorders. He hopes to gain a better understanding of fundamental behaviors motivated by aggression, fear, empathy, and more in order to make an impact in the mental health care system.

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Benjamin Choi

Ben is an undergraduate student at New York University pursuing a Degree in Psychology and Writing at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He joined Dayu Lin’s lab in the Winter of 2024 to explore his interest in neuroscience research and essential survival behaviors. He is primarily interested in studying the cross sections between neuroscience and psychology and its application to mental health.

Alumni

Yifan Wang, Master's Student, 2023-2024, currently a master's student at CUHK(SZ)

Julieta Lischinsky, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2017-2023, currently an NIH Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and Distinguished Scholar

 

Veronica Diaz, Graduate Student: 2018-2023

 

Flynn Gray, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2023, currently an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley

Divya Gottiparthy, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2023, currently an undergraduate student at Binghamton University

Luping Yin, Postdoctoral Fellow: 2019-2023, currently an assistant professor at Westlake University

 

Hector Asencio, Master's Student: 2021-2023, currently a master's student at New York University


Bingqin Zheng, Master's Student: 2022-2023, a master's student at Teacher's College, Columbia University


Mashrur Khan, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2021-2023, currently an undergraduate student at New York University


Ellie Nadelmann, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2022, currently an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University


Bryanna Vilnaigre, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2022-2023, currently an NYU and BP-Endure student


Jordan Gross, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2022-2023, currently a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania

Gaybchoe Lhamo, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2022, currently an undergraduate at Wesleyan University

Hao HuMaster's Student: 2022, currently a master's student at New York University

Jared BurkeUndergraduate Volunteer: 2021-2022, currently an undergraduate at New York University

 

Yizhuo (Joey) Ding, Master's Student: 2021-2022, currently a lab technician at Boston University

Lynn ShanUndergraduate Volunteer: 2020-2022, currently an undergraduate at New York University

Chenxi Shi, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2020-2021, currently an undergraduate at Hunter College

Avni Varshneya, Undergraduate Volunteer: 2020-2021, currently an undergraduate at New York University

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

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