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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 ( to apply


August 2019 - Congratulations to Brian Isett for receiving an NIH NRSA F32 Fellowship!

July 2019 - Congratulations to Victoria Corbit, Ph.D. for passing her thesis defense!

June 2019 - Congratulations, Dr. Gittis, for receiving tenure!

June 2019 - Welcome, Christen Snyder, Research Technician

February 2019 - Welcome, Mary Cundiff, PhD Student

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Willard AM, Isett BR, Whalen TC, Mastro KJ, Ki CS, Mao X, Gittis AH State transitions in the substantia nigra reticulata predict the onset of motor deficits in models of progressive dopamine depletion in mice. 2019
Corbit, Victoria L., Manning, Elizabeth E., Gittis, Aryn H., and Ahmari, Susanne E. Strengthened Inputs from Secondary Motor Cortex to Striatum in a Mouse Model of Compulsive Behavior. 2019
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
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