Paul M. Forlano

Paul M. Forlano - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Research Interests

  • Behavioral neuroendocrinology, cellular and molecular neuroethology of vocal-acoustic communication in fishes, comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy


  • Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

Using fish as model systems, the Forlano lab employs a combination of evolutionary/systems neuroscience with a cellular and molecular approach in order to identify neurochemical interactions in circuitry underlying auditory-driven social behavior, mechanisms of steroid-induced neural plasticity, and sex differences in brain and behavior. These studies largely focus on vocal, auditory and neuroendocrine circuits that are conserved across vertebrates. The research team utilizes quantitative multi-fluorescent immunohistochemistry combined with neuroanatomical tract-tracing, brightfield, epifluorescence, confocal, and transmission electron microscopy, and gene expression studies using RT-PCR, real-time PCR and in situ hybridization. Behavioral studies are conducted at the UC Davis Bodega Marine lab, Friday Harbor Laboratories and at field sites on the Hood Canal, WA, in collaboration with Dr. Joe Sisneros (U. Washington).