NIH BRAIN initiative to fund new research on function of amygdala

Tianyi Mao and Haining Zhong

A $5 million grant and new imaging technology will enable Vollum Institute neuroscientists to map specific circuits within the amygdala. Evidence suggests that the amygdala, known for circuitry critical for reactive emotions like fight-or-flight, is also involved in higher-level functions, such as memory and emotional learning. A goal of this research is to improve understanding of these circuits’ functions.

Researchers Tianyi Mao, Ph.D., and Haining Zhong, Ph.D., both associate professors and scientists at the Vollum Institute, earned the five-year grant through the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN initiative.

Read more about the project on OHSU News.


Zhong and Mao are collaborating with Bo Li, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. The research is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (R01NS104944).