TEAM MEMBERS

JAY BERTRAN-GONZALEZ
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Jay is a systems neuroscientist with over a decade expertise in functional histology, circuit manipulation and behaviour. He did a PhD in Neuroscience from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris) supervised by Denis Hervé and moved to Australia to undertake postdoctoral training under the direction of Bernard Balleine at the University of Sydney. He took up a junior group leading position at the University of Queensland to establish an independent line of research within the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research directed by Jürgen Götz. In 2016 he moved to the University of NSW (Sydney) on a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, where he established his group within the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory. In 2020 he was awarded the ARC Future Fellowship to conduct research on learning signatures in basal ganglia circuits.
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MIRIAM MATAMALES
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Miriam is a neuroscientist who, by implementing innovative high-throughput fluorescence microscopy and computational image analysis, has made several important contributions to the understanding of the functional architecture of the mouse striatum. Miriam obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris) under the direction of Jean-Antoine Girault. She was awarded the EMBO Long-Term Fellowship to join the laboratory of Jürgen Götz at the University of Sydney. Besides her work on the most fundamental aspects of striatal functional neuroanatomy, she has also conducted intense research into age-related disorders of the basal ganglia circuitry as member of the inaugural team of the Centre for Ageing Dementia Research in the Queensland Brain Institute.  
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CHELSEA GOULTON
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER 
Chelsea is a neurophysiologist who joined the team in January 2020. She has experience measuring activity in neuronal circuits using a range of techniques both in vitro and in vivo.  Her current focus is the use of fibre photometry to examine activity in specific populations of striatal neurons during goal-directed learning.

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LACHLAN FERGUSON
PHD STUDENT
Lachlan is a PhD student funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. His research focuses on explaining how animals learn the temporal compotent for action control. 

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COLLABORATORS

UNIVERSITY OF NSW (AUS)
Bernard Balleine 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (USA)
Peter Balsam

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE (AUS)
Stuart Mazzone
Alice McGovern

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (USA)
Sergi Regot (Regotlab.com)

FORMER TEAM MEMBERS

HONOURS STUDENTS
Caroline Dinale (2019)
Nita Roschanzamir (2019)
Nick Willmot (2018)
Jia Dai Mi (2015) (Co-author in Matamales et al., 2020)
Zala Skrbis (2014) (Co-author in Matamales et al., 2016 & 2017)

PHD STUDENTS
Nadia Cummins (2015-19; co-directed with J. Götz)

VISITING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Matthieu Goujard (Grenoble INP – Phelma, 2018)
Elise Pepin (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 2018)

GRANT FUNDING
Our work is supported by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Click for details

RESEARCH ETHICS & SAFETY
All experimental procedures are approved by the Animal Care and Ethics Commitee and the Gene Technology Research Commitee at UNSW.

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