Current lab members
Principal InvestigatorLarry J. Young, Ph.D.
Dr. Young conducts research on the neurobiologial bases of complex social behavior and social cognition. He is interested in understanding the neural circuitry and genetics underlying social information processing and the formation of social bonds. He is also interested in understanding the biological bases for diversity and the evolution of social behaviors. Much of his research examines the mechanisms underlying pair bond formation in monogamous prairie voles, and has highlighted the roles of oxytocin and vasopressin in regulating social behavior. This work has important implications for psychiatric disorders characterized by disruption in social cognition, including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Dr. Young's lab is now using this basic understanding of social cognition to identify novel drugs to treat social deficits in psychiatric disorders.
|Kiyoshi Inoue, Ph.D.||Aaron Smith, Ph.D.
For those who find it difficult to find love, I anticipate my research will enable everyone to see it.
|Elissar Andari, Ph.D.|
Elissar is investigating the impact of oxytocin on Human social functioning and the brain.
|Hasse Wallum, Ph.D.|
Hasse is primarily studying if oxytocin is involved in social learning and memory function in non-human primates.
|Liz Ann Amadei||Catherine Barrett|
Katie is researching the influence of postnatal oxytocin manipulations and early life social experiences on adult social bonding.
James is working to develop empathy-based measures of social cognition, including animal models of consolation.
Zack is interested in social behavior and hopes to investigate from evolutionary, genomic and neurobiological perspectives.
Lani is investigating the influence of gene regulation on social cognition.
Kara is interested in using prairie voles to explore pro-social pharmacotherapies.
|Jamie LaPrairie, Ph.D.||Lorra Mathews|
Lorra is responsible for management of the vole and transgenic mouse colonies.
|Zoe Donaldson, Ph.D.|
Columbia University, Health & Society Scholars
<Thesis> "Exploring the neurogenetics of sociality: creation of models to assess the functional role of V1a receptor diversity"
|Sara Freeman, Ph.D.|
"Characterization of Oxytocin Receptors in the
Nonhuman Primate Brain"
Meera Modi, Ph.D.
<Thesis> "Identifying novel therapeutic strategies for enhancing social cognition using functional animal models"
Heather Ross, Ph.D.Emory Psychiatry, Emory Mind-Body Program
<Thesis> "Oxytocin and affiliative behavior in prairie voles"