How does the enormous cellular diversity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors?
How do emotional states influence behavior and how are they generated by the brain?
Social behaviors provide an accessible entry point to answer these questions due to their close association with emotions and strong genetic underpinnings.
The Bambah-Mukku lab studies cell-type and circuit specific mechanisms governing ethologically meaningful social behaviors. We are particularly interested in how neural circuits are modulated by the sex, age and physiological state of the animal.