Principal Investigator 

Dr. Dieter Jaeger

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Michigan 1990

Professor, Department of Biology

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. Julien Catanese

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

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Biology

Extracellular in vivo Electrophysiology (Acute and Chronic)

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.


Office 2100
phone: (404) 727 1320
e-mail: jcatane -at-


Dr. Li Su

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

Senior Research Specialist, Department of Biology

Extracellular in vivo Electrophysiology (Chronic Freely mooving)

Office 2100
phone: (404) 727 1320
e-mail: sli6 -at-



Dr. Edyta Bichler-Murlin

Ph.D. in Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 1999.

Associate Scientist, Department of Biology

Intracellular in vitro Electrophysiology (Patch Clamp)

Office 2164A
phone: (404) 727 1320
e-mail: edyta.murlin -at-





Dr. Huo Lu

Ph. D. in Anatomy, Pennsylvania State University, PA, State College 1998.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Intracellular in vivo Electrophysiology (Auto Patch)

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-


Graduate Students


Arthur Morrissette 

BS in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, Atlanta 2013

Neuroscience PhD Student

in vivo Cortical Imaging and Electrophysiology

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.


Office: Room 2100
email: amorriss -at-


Yunmiao (Miao) Wang

BS in Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016

Neuroscience PhD Student


email: -at-


Undergraduate Students

 Abraham Chen 

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

Undergraduate Research Fellow

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

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

Undergraduate Research Fellow

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.  


Alumni (2017 and after)

Porter Harrast 

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

Research Specialist, Department of Biology

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

phone: (404) 727 1320
e-mail: pharras -at-


Joel Lee  

BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

Undergraduate Research Fellow

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  

BS Student (3rd year) in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Cornell University

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow

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.



Alumni (2016 and before)


 Collin Lobb


Craig Bertram


Teresa Sanders


Jeremy Edgerton