[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position to study the neural circuit of social behavior

Hong, Weizhe WHong at mednet.ucla.edu
Thu Jul 30 12:59:44 CEST 2020

The Hong Lab at UCLA (hong-lab.com) is looking for a new postdoc to study the neural circuit of social behavior in mice.  We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in systems and/or computational neuroscience.

Social interactions between individuals and among groups are a hallmark of human society as we know it and are critical to the physical and mental health of a wide variety of species including humans. Impairment of social function is a prominent feature of many neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. Nonetheless, many fundamental questions regarding the neural mechanisms underlying social behavior remain unanswered. The central goal of Weizhe Hong’s laboratory is to study general principles of how social behavior is regulated in the brain. We take a multi-disciplinary approach and uses a variety of experimental and computational technologies across molecular, circuit, and behavioral levels. We are interested in how neural dynamics regulates social behavioral decisions within a single brain as well as how emergent inter-brain neural properties arise from social interactions between individuals.

For more information, please visit hong-lab.com.

Recent publications:

1. Kingsbury L, Hong W. (2020) A multi-brain framework for social interaction. Trends in Neurosciences. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2020.06.008. (Review)
2. Kingsbury L, Huang S, Raam T, Ye LS, Wei D, Hu R, Ye L, Hong W. (2020) Cortical representations of conspecific sex shape social behavior. Neuron. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.06.020.
3. Chen PB, Hu RK, Wu YE, Pan L, Huang S, Micevych PE, Hong W. (2019) Sexually dimorphic control of parenting behavior by the medial amygdala. Cell. 176, 1206-1221.
4. Kingsbury L, Huang S, Wang J, Gu K, Golshani P, Wu YE, Hong W. (2019) Correlated neural activity and encoding of behavior across brains of socially interacting animals. Cell. 178, 429-446.
5. Chen P, Hong W. (2018) Neural circuit mechanisms of social behavior. Neuron. 98, 16-30. (Review)
6. Wu YE, Pan L, Zuo Y, Li X, Hong W. (2017) Detecting activated cell populations using single-cell RNA-seq. Neuron. 96, 313-329.

Weizhe Hong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Chemistry
Department of Neurobiology
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Graduate Program Affiliations:
Neuroscience PhD Program at UCLA
Bioengineering PhD Program at UCLA
Bioinformatics PhD Program at UCLA
Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology PhD Program at UCLA


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