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. ORCID | Google Scholar
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. ORCID | Google Scholar
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.
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.
GRANT FUNDING Our work is supported by the Australian Research Council (Project Grant to J. B-G and M. M; Future Fellowship to J. B-G) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project Grant to J. B-G and M. M). 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.