Stephanie A. White

Department: Integrative Biology and Physiology
Starting Institution: UCLA
Current Institution: UCLA
Project Title: Spatio-temporal transcriptional landscape permissive for vocal learning

The White lab is interested in how social interactions influence neural plasticity. To investigate this, we focus on the neural basis of vocal learning. Speech requires vocal learning, i.e. the ability to modify innate vocalizations in order to produce new ones. Only a handful of animal groups are known to exhibit this trait, with human speech and songbird song learning being the best-characterized. Presently, the lab uses the zebra finch, a songbird species and a well-established model of vocal learning, to investigate the neural basis of this important trait. Key words: FoxP2, WGCNA, basal ganglia, Area X, plasticity, learning, behavior