这是一个由社交活动构建的世界。我们不断地参与并从根本上受到广泛而复杂的社会互动的影响。所有有性繁殖的动物物种都表现出冲突或合作的同类社会行为，这对动物的健康、生存和繁殖至关重要。 反过来，社会功能受损是很多神经精神疾病的突出特征。 我们采用了多学科交叉的实验技术和计算技术，跨越分子、环路和行为三个水平探究社会行为的神经机制。
First Floor Lecture Hall, Jianzan Building (Phase I) Chinese Institute for Brain Research, Beijing
14:00-15:00 pm Tuesday，July 9, 2019
Weizhe Hong, PhD
Department of Biological Chemistry Department of Neurobiology
David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Dr. Minmin Luo
Understanding the Social Brain
We live in a world that is largely socially constructed, and we are constantly involved in and fundamentally influenced by a broad array of complex social interactions. Social behaviors among conspecifics, either conflictive or cooperative, are exhibited by all sexually reproducing animal species and are essential for the health, survival, and reproduction of animals. Conversely, impairment in social function is a prominent feature of several neuropsychiatric disorders. We study the neural mechanism of social behavior across molecular, circuit, and behavioral levels, and we take a multi-disciplinary approach by utilizing a wide variety of experimental and computational techniques.
Dr. Hong is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Chemistry and the Department of Neurobiology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (since 2016). Starting from the first year in high school, he worked with Prof. Zengyi Chang, on biochemical mechanisms underlying protein folding and aggregation, first at Tsinghua University (2000-2004) and then at Peking University (2004-2006). He also worked at the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing for one year during 2005-2006. Dr. Hong received a B.S. degree in biology in 2006 at Tsinghua University. Dr. Hong received his PhD degree in 2012 at Stanford University, working with his advisor Prof. Liqun Luo on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of wiring specificity during olfactory system development. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology during 2012-2015, working with his advisor Prof. David Anderson on neural mechanisms underlying social and emotional behaviors. Dr. Hong has received numerous awards, including Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, McKnight Scholar, Searle Scholar, Sloan Research Fellowship, Category Winner of Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, Larry Sandler Memorial Award, and Larry Katz Memorial Lecture.