We are studying several independent stereotypic behaviors in the mouse:
Male-male aggression, pup aggression, inter-species fear, female reproductive behavior, and courtship behaviors including scent marking and ultrasonic vocalization.
Analysis of these behaviors in parallel will enable us to determine the neural mechanisms that specify each behavior as well as the common mechanisms that underlie general principles of stereotypic behavior.
Tools we are using:
· Optogenetic stimulation
· Fiber Photometry
· Virus Tracing
· Cell Sequencing
· Molecular biology
· Machine Learning on behavior decoding