科学研究

Seminars

Hypothalamic control of male sexual behaviors and territorial aggression in mice

2019-08-30

Seminar Type

B-type


Preferred Location

Third Floor Lecture Hall, Jianzan Building (Phase I)

Chinese Institute for Brain Research, Beijing


Time

10:00-11:00  Tuesday,August 27th, 2019


Speaker


Xiaohong Xu, Ph.D

Principal Investigator,

Institute of Neuroscience,

Chinese Academy of Sciences,


Host

Dr. Minmin Luo


Topic

Hypothalamic control of male sexual behaviors and territorial aggression in mice


Abstract

The neural circuits that underlie sexual behaviors and aggression are intricately intermingled. Male sexual behaviors in mice consist of distinctive stages and motor components and are typically directed towards females only. On the other hand, aggressive behaviors in mice are much less stereotyped and are usually observed only during male-male interactions. In the past several years, using recently available tools to interrogate molecularly defined populations of hypothalamic neurons, our lab has delineated the important functions of several populations in governing these behaviors. Together, these results suggest an interesting antagonist circuit motif that regulate sexual behaviors or aggression in mice


Speaker Biography

RESEARCH INTEREST

I am interested in dissecting neuronal circuit that govern innate behaviors such as mating, parental care and territorial aggression. In particular, I am interested in understanding the molecular and neural mechanisms that allow sex-specific, state-dependent and individually variable display of these behaviors.

EDUCATION

Post Doc, Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2006-2012 (Mentor: Dr. Nirao M. Shah)

Ph.D., Department of Neurosciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006 (Mentor:  Dr. Even S. Deneris)

B.S., Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2000 

POSITIONS AND EMPLOYMENT

2012 – present:  Principal Investigator, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

AWARDS AND HONORS

Sumitomo Scholar, Peking University, 1999

Sandler Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2008

Junior 1000 Talents Award, China, 2013

ACADEMIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE

Ad hoc reviewer for Developmental Neurobiology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Brain structure and functions, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Neuroscience Letters, Nature Communications, Nature. Grant reviewer for Human Frontier Science Program (2016), National Nature Science Foundation of China (2015-present)

 Institute of Neuroscience Seminar Committee, 2013-2018

 Institute of Neuroscience Seminar Committee, 2015-2018               

 Neuroscience Bulletin Editorial Board, 2018- present