The main goal of our laboratory is to gain mechanistic insights into the neuronal processes underlying fundamental behaviors in females: the choice of a suitable mate and how to initiate and terminate sexual behavior. To do so, we use mice as model system and a combination of approaches that include physiological, anatomical and molecular tools to dissect the contribution of candidate brain areas to the emergence of these natural behaviors. Our long-term goal is to test the hypothesis that mate choice has an impact on the regulation of sexual behavior.
How the brain controls key processes in sexual behaviour
Electrophysiology, Optogenetics, Anatomy, Behaviour
– Mus musculus
Medial hypothalamus, Ventral tegmental area, Ventral premammillary nucleus, Periaqueductal gray
If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Susana Lima at the email address bellow.