Principal Investigator

Dr. Dieter Jaeger

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Michigan 1990

My interest is in neural coding, motor systems, and synaptic integration with a focus on basal ganglia and cerebellar systems. We like to combine neurophysiology with modeling approaches.


Office 2129
phone: (404) 727 8139
fax: (404) 727 2880
e-mail: djaeger -at-

PhD Researchers

Dr. Huo Lu

Hao LuAdjunct Associate Professor
Ph. D. in Anatomy, Pennsylvania State University, PA, State College 1998.

  • Neurophysiology study of cerebellar function
  • Computational modeling at single neuronal and network level
  • Electron Microscopic study of cerebellar cortex
  • fMRI study in the cerebellar sensory information processing
  • Cellular level neural imaging using voltage sensitive dyes

Office 2168B
phone: (404) 727 8139
fax: (404) 727 2880
e-mail: lhuo -at-

Dr. Li, Su

Senior Research Specialist
Ph.D. in Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 2004.

I do eletrophysioloy and fiber photometry in thalamus and motor cortex on mice performing running tasks, to better understand the neural basis of precise motor control.

e-mail: sli6 -at-

Dr. Nupur Katyare

Post-doctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Neurophysiology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 2019.

email: nupur.katyare (a)

Graduate Students

Yunmiao (Miao) Wang

MiaoNeuroscience PhD Student
BS in Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016

email: -at-

Madison Cohen

Master of Biomedical Science – in progress
BS in Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington 2018

email: mc8572 (a)

Research Specialist

Jillian Recchio

Research Specialist
BS in Neuroscience, Indiana University Southeast, 2019

email:  jillian.ann.recchio (at) emory (dot) edu


Dr. Julien Catanese

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University Pierre et Marie Curie, College de France, Paris 2012.

I’m interested in gaining a better understanding of the neuronal basis of motor decision making. The dysfunction of such brain mechanisms can generate cognitive and/or motor deficits, such as those observed in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. In order to correlate neuronal activity with behavior, I train mice in a decision making task and perform in vivo extracellular electrophysiology to record activity of distinct groups of neurons in different brain areas. Furthermore, I use an optogenetic technique to inhibit/excite a targeted brain region.


Dr. Arthur Morrissette 

Neuroscience PhD Student, PhD obtained 2018
BS in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, Atlanta 2013

I am interested in how the basal ganglia influence thalamocortical activity to guide sensorimotor behavior. To do this I am utilizing cell-type specific optogenetic manipulations and cortical imaging in mice trained to perform complex motor tasks.


Abraham Chen 

Undergraduate Research Fellow
BS Student (4th year) in Quantitative Sciences, Emory University

I’m currently pursing a degree in quantitative sciences with a focus in biology. I work with Rhett Morrissette to investigate sensorimotor learning behavior in mice.

Chelsea Leversedge

Undergraduate Research Fellow
BS Student (3rd year) in Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

I’m very interested in behavioral neuroscience, specifically in movement planning and memory. I joined the Jaeger lab to learn about and practice behavioral training with mice under the supervision of Dr. Catanese. Our goal is to monitor the neuronal activity in the thalamus using electrophysiological recording during a licking task.

Porter Harrast 

PorterResearch Specialist
BS in Neuroscience, Bates College, ME, Lewiston 2016.

Porter studied neuroscience, pre-modern history, and geology at Bates College. Hopes to enter graduate school studying for a PhD in movement neuroscience or neurobiology

Joel Lee  

Undergraduate Research Fellow
BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

As a student in the Jaeger Lab, his research focuses on the transmission of rate codes in cerebellar output pathways using computational models based on biophysical properties of neurons in the cerebellum.

Conrad Bhamani  

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow
BS Student (3rd year) in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Cornell University

In the Jaeger Lab, I trained transgenic mice in a behavioral experiment while they are stimulated optogenetically. My goal was to quantify how well they learned the task. To plot my result I learned to use Matlab.

Collin Lobb

Craig Bertram

Teresa Sanders

Jeremy Edgerton 

Cengiz Günay