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Philip Washbourne
Ph.D., Universita' di Padova
B.Sc., Imperial College London

Research Interests

Research in the Washbourne Lab focuses on the genetic, molecular, and cellular underpinnings of social behavior. Using behavioral, biochemical, histological and genetic analyses, we are examining the circuits and the molecules that make social behavior possible and how they form during development. We have focused for the time being on social behavior in the zebrafish, a very social fish that follows and orients with respect to other zebrafish. Our work has implications for neurological disorders with social components such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Lab Members

Joseph Bruckner
Peregrine Painter
Research Staff


Judith Eisen
Development of vertebrate nervous system with a focus on interactions between the nervous system, immune system, and host-associated microbiota
Luca Mazzucato
Computational neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence
Monte Westerfield
Molecular genetics of Usher syndrome and other diseases