Social interactions between individuals and among groups are a hallmark of human society as we know it and are critical to the physical and mental health of a wide variety of species including humans. Impairment of social function is a prominent feature of many neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. Nonetheless, many fundamental questions regarding the neural mechanisms underlying social behavior remain unanswered. The central goal of Weizhe Hong’s laboratory is to study general principles of how social behavior is regulated in the brain. The Hong lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach and uses a variety of experimental and computational technologies across molecular, circuit, and behavioral levels. We study how neural dynamics regulate social behavioral decisions within a single brain as well as how emergent inter-brain neural properties arise from social interactions between individuals.
Weizhe Hong is an Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and of Neurobiology at the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to joining UCLA as an Assistant Professor in 2016, Dr Hong was a graduate student at Stanford University and a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He is also the recipient of an Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience, a Mallinkrodt Scholar Award, a Searle Scholar Award, a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a McKnight Scholar Award, a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.