Non-human model systems allow us to enhance our understanding of disease mechanisms in many disorders. These models provide an invaluable tool in identifying… Read more »
Dr. Hala Harony-Nicolas is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After completing her B.Sc, M.A, and Ph.D at the Israel Institute of Technology, she started her post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Haifa in 2008 and then at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2011. Her research interests include mechanisms underlying social behavior deficits, animal models for autism spectrum disorder and the oxytocin system in autism spectrum disorder. The research in Dr. Harony-Nicolas’s lab applies integrated molecular and behavioral neuroscience approaches and uses transgenic rat models for autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders to study the mechanisms underlying social behavior deficits, with a focus on the oxytocin system, known as a major modulator of mammalian social behavior, and on brain circuits of social behavior.