Derya Sargin

Assistant Professor


Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office : AD016

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Behaviour
  • Brain development
  • Mental health
  • molecular mechanisms
  • neuroplasticity
  • Mental Health

Research activities

My research investigates the brain circuits involved in social and affective behaviors. Current research is focused on the neural circuitry that governs the serotonergic and hypocretin/orexin systems, which are involved in stress response and emotional processing. Using a combination of patch clamp electrophysiology, fiber photometry and optogenetics, my lab examines and manipulates the activity of these systems and their circuits during behavior. We are also studying the impact of stress during development and adulthood on the maturation and function of brain networks.