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Jaeger Lab

Dieter Jaeger, Ph.D.
Lead scientist, Project 1: Cortical Connectivity and Activity Changes in Motor Preparation and Execution in 6-OHDA-Lesioned Mice

DieterDieter Jaeger received his college education with a specialization in Biochemistry in Tübingen, Germany. He joined the PhD program in neuroscience at the University of Michigan in 1984. His dissertation research investigated the function of the basal ganglia in behaving primates. Dr. Jaeger joined the California Institute of Technology as postdoctoral fellow in 1991, and pursued research in computer modeling and electrical recordings of single neurons. Dr. Jaeger joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Emory University in 1997 and now is a full professor there. Dr. Jaeger also serves as the Director of the Emory / Georgia Tech NIH Blueprint training program in computational neuroscienceHis research is concerned with the single neuron and network function of basal ganglia and cerebellar brain structures. He combines methods of computer modeling with electrophysiological investigations.  Click here to visit Dr. Jaeger's laboratory website.

Li Su, PhD

Li Su PhotoDr. Li Su obtained a PhD in Biophysics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004 after majoring in Biology at Xiamen University in 1998.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Jaeger lab between 2004 and 2008 where he studied the effects of subthalamic deep brain stimulation on cortical activity in the rat, he became a professional artist and photographer until 2016.  He rejoined the Jaeger lab as a research specialist in 2017 under the Udall grant.  His current research focuses on extracellular recordings from the basal ganglia thalamocortical loop in behaving mice and optogenetic circuit stimulation.  This project primarily addresses the question of how neural dynamics in the motor thalamus and motor cortex are altered in 6-OHDA lesioned animals in a locomotor task.  He also helps in developing the software associated with behavioral monitoring and mouse training. 

Michael Bian

Bian PhotoMr. Bian is a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major at Emory University (Class of 2024). He works as an undergraduate research fellow in Dr. Dieter Jaeger's lab. He is interested in how the motor thalamus integrates sensory information to guide movement initiation and direction selection. For the Udall Project, he works with Dr. Li Su to investigate sensorimotor behavior of mice when performing a cued locomotion task. He designs and fabricates the T-maze Air-Track environment and trains mice to manipulate said environment. This project seeks to understand how the motor thalamus and motor cortex influence motor trajectory in 6-OHDA lesioned animals.

 Joseph Song

Song PhotoJoseph is an undergraduate student in Dr. Jaeger’s lab. He is a third year studying chemistry at Emory University but has a research interest in neuroscience. Currently, the focus of his research is understanding how the basal ganglia regulates locomotion and limb movement in mice. Once there is better understanding how stimulation of the basal ganglia can alter movement in mice, he is interested in improving movement in Parkinsonian mice through deep brain stimulation.

Taylor Kahl

Song Photo

Ms. Kahl is a graduate student in the Jaeger Lab. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BS/MS degree in Neuroscience before joining the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory. Ms. Kahl specializes in computational neuroscience, particularly in biophysically detailed neuronal modeling, to research the neural dynamics involved in movement control, movement disorders, and movement rehabilitation. For her current project in the Jaeger Lab, Ms. Kahl is modeling the activity of L5b pyramidal neurons in motor cortex during movement execution, and analyzing how these neurons integrate inputs from the motor thalamus and other movement-related areas, in normal and Parkinsonian conditions.