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Welcome to the Gittis Lab!

What is the neural basis of motor control? Our research seeks to understand how neural circuits in the basal ganglia are organized and function to shape movement in health and disease.

We use optogenetics, electrophysiology, histology, and behavior to study the function of neural circuits in brain slices and in vivo.

We are now accepting postdoc applications: Contact Aryn Gittis (agitis@cmu.edu) to apply


January 2018 - Wecome, Brian Isett, Postdoctoral Fellow

January 2018 - Wecome, Liz Wendel, first year PhD Student

December 2017 – Welcome, Ian Rosner, first year PhD Student

September 2017 – Aryn Gittis was awarded an R01 from Brain Inititative

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Mastro KM, Zitelli KT, Willard AM, Leblanc KH, Kravitz AV, Gittis AH Cell-specific pallidal intervention induces long-lasting motor recovery in dopamine-depleted mice. 2017
Corbit, Victoria L., Timothy C. Whalen, Kevin T. Zitelli, Stephanie Y. Crilly, Jonathan E. Rubin, and Aryn H. Gittis Pallidostriatal Projections Promote β Oscillations in a Dopamine-Depleted Biophysical Network Model. 2016
Willard AM, Bouchard RS, Gittis AH “Differential degradation of motor deficits during gradual dopamine depletion with 6-hydroxydopamine in mice.” 2015
Willard, Amanda M., and Aryn H. Gittis “Mapping neural circuits with CLARITY.” 2015
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