Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph. D., Tel Aviv University
Training Area: Animal Behavior|Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience|Cognition, Language, and Development
Research Interests: Neural Mechanisms of Vocal Learning
Research Focus: Neuroscience
Current Areas of Research
Ofer Tchernichovski uses the songbird to study mechanisms of vocal learning. Like early speech development in the human infant, the songbird learns to imitate complex sounds during a critical period of development. The adult bird cannot imitate any more - we do not know why. His lab studies the animal behavior and dynamics of vocal learning and sound production across different brain levels. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular (gene expression) brain processes that underlie song learning.