Brain Sex Differences
Epigenetic regulation of brain sexual dimorphism
One of our interests is to understand brain sexual dimorphism and environmentally inducible sex specific behaviors. Using Cyp19a1b-GFP medaka, we dissect basic epigenetic landscape of radial cells in the brain and study epigenetic and transcriptional alterations in these cells caused by environmental stressors.
“In model organisms, mate selection and mating behaviors are affected by developmental exposure to environmental estrogenic or anti-androgenic chemicals, suggesting that current environmental levels could be affecting organisms in the wild.”