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Kirill Tokarev, Postdoctoral associate



PhD, Biology, Dept. of Animal Behavior of Free University Berlin, lab of Prof. Constance Scharff

MSc, Zoology, Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University/ Institute of Normal Physiology, lab of Prof. Konstantin Anokhin


Tokarev K, Boender A, Claßen GA, Scharff C (2015) Young, active and well-connected: Adult-born neurons in the zebra finch are activated during singing. Brain Structure and Function. DOI: 10.1007/s00429-015-1006-y

Mendoza E, Tokarev K, Düring DN, Camarillo Retamosa E, Weiss M, Nschdejan A, Scharff C (2014) Differential co-expression of FoxP1, FoxP2 and FoxP4 in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) song system. Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI: 10.1002/cne.23731

Tokarev K, Tchernichovski O (2014) A novel paradigm for auditory discrimination training with social reinforcement in songbirds. bioRxiv. doi:

Tokarev K, Tiunova A, Scharff C, Anokhin K (2011) Food for Song: Expression of C-Fos and ZENK in the Zebra Finch Song Nuclei during Food Aversion Learning. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21157. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021157


Research Interests:

I am interested in the evolution and development of communicative systems. My current project is aimed at describing how social interactions influence vocal learning and shape brain activation in response to auditory stimuli. We use zebra finches as the animal model for vocal communication and social interaction.

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