Paul Forlano

Using fish as model systems, my lab employs a combination of evolutionary/systems neuroscience with a cellular and molecular approach in order to identify neurochemical interactions in circuitry underlying auditory-driven social behavior, mechanisms of steroid-induced neural plasticity, and sex differences in brain and behavior. These studies largely focus on vocal, auditory and neuroendocrine circuits that are conserved across vertebrates. Recently, we have begun investigations on the oyster toadfish, a vocal species found in the Hudson River, and its adaptations for communicating in a noisy urban environment.