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-

Research Specialist

Madison Cohen

M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, PCOM Georgia, 2021

My research interests lie in movement, movement related disorders, and the human machine interface. In the Jaeger lab, my work focuses on using optogenetic techniques in awake behaving mice to better understand the role of the cerebellum in movement and movement disorders. I am also an avid hiker and I love to go on long hikes with my dogs in my free time.

e-mail: mc8572 -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

The focus of my work so far has been on studying neuronal coding and I find it fascinating trying to understand their language by employing different means, mainly electrophysiology.  I worked on cells in the Medial Entorhinal cortex using patch-clamp electrophysiology and dynamic clamp for my Ph.D.  Currently, my work involves using multichannel chronic silicon electrodes for recording the activity of a population of neurons mainly from the thalamus of awake behaving mice.  I like the computational aspect of neuroscience as well and love to work at the intersection of theory and experiments.

e-mail: nupur.katyare -at-

Dr. Francesco Cavarretta

Post-doctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, 2017

I use biophysically detailed modeling to investigate normal and parkinsonian dynamics in the basal ganglia – thalamo – cortical loop, with focus on the ventromedial thalamus.

e-mail: francesco.cavarretta -at-

Graduate Students

Yunmiao (Miao) Wang

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

e-mail: -at-

Taylor Kahl

Neuroscience PhD Student
MS in Neuroscience, Georgia State University, 2018

I’m a computational neuroscientist specializing in biophysically detailed neuronal modeling.  My research interests are in understanding movement control, movement disorders, and movement rehabilitation.  Currently, I am modeling the activity of L5b pyramidal neurons in premotor cortex during movement preparation, and how these neurons integrate inputs from the motor thalamus and other movement-related areas, in normal and Parkinsonian conditions.

e-mail: tkahl -at-

Lisa Meyer-Baese

Biomedical Engineering PhD Student
BS in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020

As a biomedical engineer my work so far focuses on integrating functional magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging to understand brain wide spontaneous neuronal activity.

e-mail: lisa.meyer-baese -at-


Undergraduate Students

Michael Bian

Undergraduate Research Fellow
BS Student (2nd year) in Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

I’m very interested in how the motor thalamus integrates sensory information to guide movement initiation and direction selection.  In the Jaeger Lab, I work with Dr. Li Su to investigate sensorimotor behavior of mice when performing a cued locomotion task.

e-mail: michael.bian -at-

Joseph Song

Undergraduate Research Fellow
BS Student (3nd year) in Chemistry, Emory University

I’m interested in learning how the basal ganglia regulate locomotion and limb movement in mice. My goal is to improve locomotion in Parkinsonian mice through DBS.

e-mail: -at-



Dr. Sonya Dave

Associate Scientist
Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt University, 2010

In Dr. Jaeger’s lab, I do thalamic and cortical single cell recordings (‘Patch-clamp electrophysiology’) in mouse brain slices.  Specifically, we use a method called dynamic clamp to understand how single thalamic neurons respond to physiologically relevant signal that mimic signals received during behavior (walking, resting, reaching, etc).  Moreover, how is that response altered in Parkinson’s disease models, such as the 6-OHDA dopamine depleted mouse?  This project involves neuronal patch-clamp recording, intracranial stereotaxic injections, literature analysis, and computational biology.  In other projects prior to joining Dr. Jaeger’s lab (in June 2020), I have done single cell recordings since 2002, to study many different neurological and non-neurological diseases and processes, at the level of ion channel biophysics, to single cells, to synapses.  On a personal level, I enjoy hiking, biking, listening to country music, trying to learn to run long distance, and hanging by/rafting the Chattahoochee on a beautiful Atlanta summer day.

Jillian Recchio

Research Specialist
BS in Neuroscience, Indiana University Southeast, 2019

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 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 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 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