Dölen Lab

  • The Dölen lab studies the synaptic and circuit mechanisms that enable social behaviors. We use a variety of techniques including whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology, viral mediated gene transfer, optogenetics, and behavior. We are also interested in understanding how these synaptic and circuit mechanisms are disrupted in autism and schizophrenia, diseases which are characterized by social cognition deficits. More recently we have become interested in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs for diseases like addiction and PTSD that respond to social influence or are aggravated by social injury, We are currently using both transgenic mouse and octopus to model disease.

    Research Areas: autism, PTSD, LSD, social behavior, Oxytocin, MDMA, neuroscience, psychedelics

    Lab Website

    Principal Investigator

    Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Department

    Neuroscience