PiN Faculty Member - Catherine Dulac, PhD

Catherine Dulac, PhD

Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Harvard University
Deptartment of Molecular & Cellular Biology
16 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617-495-7893
Fax: 617-495-1819
Email: dulac@fas.harvard.edu
Visit my lab page here.



Social interactions are central to the human experience, yet it is also one of the faculty of the brain that is the most impaired by mental illness. Similarly, social interactions are essential animals to survive, reproduce, raise their young. Over the years, my lab has attempted to decipher the unique characteristics of social recognition: what are the unique cues that trigger distinct social behaviors, what is the nature and identity of social behavior circuits, how is the function of these circuits different in males and females and how are they modulated by the animal physiological status? My laboratory is using genetic, imaging, molecular and behavioral approaches to understand how the brain controls specific social behaviors in both males and females, and how areas throughout the brain participate in the positive and negative controls of specific social interactions. We are also using single cell transcriptomics in silico and in situ to uncover specific cell populations involved in distinct social behaviors and to investigate the molecular and neural basis of their activity modulation according to the animal state.



Last Update: 9/16/2020



Publications

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