Neuroanatomy and Behaviour

Neuroanatomy and Behaviour is edited by volunteers who are active scientists and, in many cases, emerging leaders in their fields. Please note, links to editor profiles are to external websites. Editorial board members who are Publons users can have their involvement recognised here.

Managing Editor/Editor-in-Chief

Shaun Khoo ORCID Logo
President, Episteme Health Inc.
Dr. Khoo completed his PhD at UNSW Sydney and postdoctoral fellowships at Concordia University and the Université de Montréal in Canada. As a behavioural neuroscientist, he studied the neuropharmacology of appetitive motivation in animal models of addiction and appetitive motivation.

Research Integrity Editors

Otto Kalliokoski ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Kalliokoski is laboratory animal researcher focusing on measurement methods, primarily within the fields of stress and depression research.

Martin Modrák ORCID Logo[Personal Website]
Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Modrák is a computer scientist turned statistician/bioinformatician. He works on a broad range of applied data analyses all over the wet lab-clinic spectrum as well as development of new statistical tools. He is active in the community around Bayesian probabilistic programming language Stan and has interest in methodology and philosophy of science.

Shiu Fung Wong ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
La Trobe University, Australia.
Dr. Wong is a clinical research scientist studying anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He has extensive experience using regression models, from basic statistical tests such as χ2 to more sophisticated MANOVA and multi-level models.


Luis Enrique Arroyo-García ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Center for Alzheimer Research, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Dr. Arroyo-García is a postdoctoral researcher focused on the mechanisms that trigger cognitive decline in neurodegenerative diseases, with a specific focus on Alzheimer’s disease. His experience using animal models includes electrophysiology in vitro (Gamma oscillations, LTP, and LTD), animal behavior, and neuronal morphology.

Sarah Baracz ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Baracz studies the neurobiological link between early life stress exposure and increased vulnerability for mental illness including drug addiction. She has expertise in the oxytocin system, the psychostimulant drug methamphetamine, and neuroinflammatory markers.

Robyn Brown ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Brown studies the neurobiology of compulsive eating and drug addiction using electrophysiology in animal models. She is currently an NHMRC R.D. Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellow.

Erin Campbell ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile] [Personal Website]
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Campbell has expertise in the use of chemogenetic techniques and animal models of alcohol addiction. She is particularly interested in the neural circuits involved in relapse, such as the lateral hypothalamus and nucleus accumbens shell.

Nicola Chen ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Chen has expertise in neuropharmacology using animal models of alcohol and cocaine addiction. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Web Analytics/Data Science at Orygen, and is the Secretary of Episteme Health Inc

Rose Chesworth ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Western Sydney University, Australia.
Dr. Chesworth studies the neurobiology, pharmacology, and genetics underlying mental disorders using behavioural approaches and transgenic mice. She has worked with models of methamphetamine addiction and is currently interested in the neurogenetics of schizophrenia. She is a member of the committee of management of Episteme Health Inc.

Kelly Clemens ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Clemens studies the neurobiology of drug addiction, particularly with respect to psychostimulants such as nicotine. She is interested in epigenetic factors, choice paradigms, and habits.

Marc Coutanche ORCID Logo[Lab Website]
University of Pittsburgh, United States.
Dr. Marc Coutanche received his BA from the University of Oxford, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale, he came to the University of Pittsburgh where he is now an Associate Professor. His lab uses cognitive experiments and neuroimaging, with newly developed computational tools, to understand cognition and the brain, particularly human memory and perception.

Czarina Evangelista ORCID Logo
Colby College, United States.
Dr. Evangelista is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience. She is interested in understanding the phenomenon whereby a taste of a reward increases motivation to obtain more of it, which is referred to as the priming effect of rewards. She teaches undergraduate behavioral neuroscience courses and she mentors diverse students on research projects and career planning.

Nicholas Everett ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
University of Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Everett studies the brain systems which drive addiction symptoms at different stages of the addiction cycle, how the oxytocin system interacts with addiction processes in the brain, and he develops novel oxytocin-targeting molecules for treating substance use disorders.

Timothy J. Hines ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
The Jackson Laboratory, United States.
Dr. Hines is a postdoc studying the cellular and biochemical mechanisms underlying forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). CMT is a rare, genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous, neuromuscular disorder characterized by progressive weakness in the distal limbs. Dr. Hines’ research is supported by funding from Uplifting Athletes, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, as well as an NINDS Diversity Supplement.

Monica Langiu ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Australia.
Dr. Langiu is a behavioural neuroscientist and postdoctoral research fellow interested in understanding the role of GPCR function in the brain, focusing in particular on cognition and motivation. She has over 10 years’ experience with rodent behaviour applied to psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

Belinda Lay ORCID Logo
UNSW Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Lay uses transgenic rats and neuropharmacology to isolate the role of specific neuronal ensembles in extinction learning. She is an expert on the intracellular mechanisms of higher order Pavlovian learning. She is the Treasurer of Episteme Health Inc.

Maria Carmen Medrano [ResearchGate]
Neurocentre Magendie, France.
Dr. Medrano is interested in the neuropathologies underlying disorders from addiction and Alzheimer’s disease to neuropathic pain. She is an experienced pharmacologist and electrophysiologist (in vitro and in vivo) who is currently using patch clamp recordings to study the effect of natural rewards, like exercise, on key brain regions such as ventral tegmental area.

Heidi Meyer [Institutional Profile]
Boston University, United States.
Dr. Meyer studies learning and memory processes related to affective regulation. Her research places an emphasis on neurodevelopment, examining how the adolescent brain responds, and inhibits responding to, both fear and reward cues.

Desiree Seib ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Seib studies the role of the hippocampus in neurogenesis and depression. She uses tools such as pharmacology, molecular techniques, and transgenic animal models to manipulate these neurons at different stages of an animal’s life.

Steven Simmons ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, United States.
Dr. Simmons is an addiction neuroscientist who studies circuitry underlying the reinforcing effects of self-administered drugs like cocaine and oxycodone. His current work explores how contextual stimuli become imbued with drug-craving properties over the course of drug use, and how hippocampal circuits can be targeted to protect against relapse.

Tamara Tavares [ResearchGate]
The Hospital for Sick Children & York University, Canada.
Dr. Tavares studies social cognitive processes in healthy and clinical populations. Dr. Tavares is interested in understanding how deficient empathic responding and emotion recognition contribute to poor social functioning.

Dominic Tran ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Tran is an expert on the interactions between diet, brain, and behaviour with work spanning both human and animal models of learning, memory, and motor control. He is a member of the committee of management of Episteme Health Inc.

Sydney Trask ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Purdue University, United States.
Dr. Trask is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms of fear memory formation and destabilisation. She has utilised both Pavlovian and operant animal models to study learning mechanisms and their environmental and neuroanatomical influences.

Amanda Wright [Institutional Profile]
Macquarie University, Australia.
Dr. Wright studies mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and Motor Neuron Disease. She has expertise in neuroinflammatory pathways, excitotoxicity and behavioural deficits in a range of transgenic mouse models.

Joanna Yau ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Yau uses chemo- and optogenetic techniques in combination with animal models of learning and motivation to study the neurobiology of fear conditioning. She is the Vice-President of Episteme Health Inc.

Reviewing Editors

Caitlin Cowan ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Cowan is an NHMRC fellow at the University of Sydney. She is a developmental neuroscientist and psychologist with expertise in early-life adversity, rodent behavioural models, and the microbiota-gut-brain axis.

Rajan Dasgupta ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
Johns Hopkins University, United States.
Dr. Dasgupta is a systems neuroscientist who employs 2-photon calcium imaging and in vivo electrophysiology techniques to examine activity in the somatosensory and motor cortical areas while mice perform selection tasks. He is also interested in applying computational techniques to analyze large datasets from neurons.

Justine Fam ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
UNSW Sydney, Australia
Dr. Fam is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney. Her doctoral work examined the temporal dynamics and behavioural correlates of decision-making. Her current work focuses on the neural mechanisms underpinning higher-order conditioning and the neuromodulatory effects of oxytocin on learning and memory. Justine hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie learning and memory by pairing neuroscience techniques with detailed analyses of behaviour.

Danielle Gerhard [Institutional Profile]
Weill Cornell Medical College, United States.
Dr. Gerhard is a behavioural neuroscientist who studies the neurobiology of anxiety- and mood-related disorders using rodent models. Her current research focuses the development of anxiety-related behaviors and the neural circuits mediating these behaviors, with a particular interest in adolescent development.

Natalie Goulter ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Dr. Goulter is an expert in the etiology and mechanisms of youth antisocial behaviour. She is particularly interested in endocrinology; specifically, the interaction of hormones with environmental factors and behaviour. Dr. Goulter also brings a breadth of statistical expertise to bear on these questions.

Marion Mercier ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University College London, United Kingdom.
Dr. Mercier is a research associate at University College London’s Institute of Neurology. She uses electrophysiological and optogenetic techniques to investigate the role of interneurons within cortical circuits, with a particular focus on synaptic physiology and plasticity.

Christina Mo ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
University of Chicago, United States.
Dr. Mo studies neural circuits involved in higher order sensory processing using techniques such as viral tracing, optogenetics, electrophysiology and behaviour.

Chun Hui (Johnny) Park ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
University of Otago, New Zealand.
Mr. Park uses rodent models to study developmental fear and its neurobiology. He is particularly interested in the developmental sex differences in conditioned fear and the underlying circuitry.

Piotr Popik [Institutional Profile]
Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.
Prof Popik is the head of Department of Behavioral Neuroscience & Drug Development, where he works on behavioural psychopharmacology and cognition. His lab frequently collaborates with drug companies and uses a diverse range of behavioural paradigms, including aversive conditioning, drug discrimination, and rodent models of schizophrenia.

Tara Raam ORCID Logo[Institutional Profile]
UCLA, United States.
Dr. Raam is a postdoctoral fellow in systems and behavioral neuroscience at UCLA. Her work uses rodent behavioural models, in vivo calcium imaging, and computational modeling to understand the neural representations of behaviour in social interactions.

Konrad Schöttner ORCID Logo[ResearcherID]
Concordia University, Canada.
Dr. Schöttner uses rodent models, including transgenic mouse lines, to study central nervous system regulation of circadian rythyms.

Shawn Tan ORCID Logo[ResearchGate]
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Mr Tan has experience in neuropharmacology, rodent models of fear and memory, neuromodulation, and neurovirology. He is a member of the committee of management of Episteme Health Inc.

Durairaj Ragu Varman [ResearchGate]
Virginia Commonwealth University, United States.
Dr. Ragu Varman’s studies aim to understand the role and contribution of monoamine neurotransmitters to central nervous system function at molecular, cellular and behavioral level and their regulations in depression, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Dr. Ragu Varman’s research experience includes use of knock-in and knock-out mice, pharmacology, molecular, immunological, biochemical and diverse range of behavioral paradigms in rodent models.


Jordi Chaffer ORCID Logo[ResearchGate] Jordi is a prospective graduate student at the Division of Experimental Medicine at McGill University. His undergraduate thesis work focuses on characterizing a novel protein involved in regulating skeletal muscle growth and repair (myogenesis).