Berke Laboratory


Welcome to the Berke Lab!

We investigate fundamental neural mechanisms underlying choices and actions, and how these processes are altered through learning in neurological/psychiatric disorders including drug addiction, Tourette Syndrome, Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

We are a systems neuroscience lab, attempting to understand how certain key neural circuits in the brain work. We use advanced electrophysiological techniques to examine the activity patterns of individual neurons and neuronal populations in awake brains. Click on a link above to read more.


Berke Laboratory

Department of Psychology

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

530 Church St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA

(734) 763 6134 (lab)

Open postdoc positions!

We are currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows to join our investigations of how basal ganglia circuits help achieve adaptive decision-making. One position will involve simultaneous recording from many neurons in behaving normal and transgenic rats. The other position will involve computational modeling and analysis of behavioral and neural data, in collaboration with Satinder Singh (UM Engineering). We encourage inquiries (jdberke at umich edu) from interested candidates with relevant expertise and a strong publication record.