Doctoral Program

Comparative Cognitive Science

Our main research focus is to study the underlying neuroendocrinology of various behaviors, including emotions, socio-sexual activities, and learning. Using a number of active gene manipulation methods (e.g., knockout mice, brain site–specific gene knock-in and knockdown), we have investigated how these behaviors are regulated by hormonal action in the central nervous system. In particular, we are interested in determining the roles of estrogen receptors, as transcription factors, in the regulation of behaviors and their underlying molecular and neural mechanisms.

We have a strong research training program in behavioral, neuroanatomical, and neuroendocrine studies, as well as active ongoing collaborations with other research laboratories in medical and biological sciences both on- and off-campus. We recruit students with strong backgrounds in psychology, biology, medical sciences, and neuroscience, and provide professional training in behavioral neuroscience and behavioral neuroendocrinology.

Research Topics

  • Analysis of neuroendocrinology underlying emotional and social behavior
  • Development of social and emotional behaviors in mice environmental psychology
  • Sexual differentiation of brain functions and behavior