With training and an MSc. in Clinical Pharmacy (Uni. of Sunderland, UK) followed by an MPhil. in Translational Medicine (Helsinki University, Finland), Islam specialised in systems and circuit neuroscience in his Ph.D. In the PhD training he investigated behavioural effects of heterosynaptic plasticity and the circuitry of innate (and learned) defensive behaviors. Islam will investigate the circuitry that underlies social behaviours in mice and its dynamics relationship with stress, reward and learning. To this end, Islam will use his expertise in in-vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics/chemogenetics, fiber photometry and advanced behavioural testing.