My broad interest is in the neural and hormonal regulation of social behavior. I am particularly interested in the neural bases of sexually dimorphic behavior such as parental care and aggression. I think about these behaviors from an evolutionary perspective and am consequently very interested in the relationship between genes and behavior. Although my intellectual interests encompass a broad range of species, my current research focuses on social behavior in the mouse. I use mice because they have a very rich repertoire of social behaviors (Yes, really. If you have an hour, ask me about it – I love to talk about my mice.) and because many of the genetic techniques I use are optimized for mice. I have also recently become interested in developing and validating animal models for complex human disorders in which social behavior is disrupted, such as autistic spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.