Gittis Lab

CMU Biological Sciences
Gittis Lab

Gittis Lab

CMU Biological Sciences

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

Latest News


CONGRATS to Teresa and Dr. Gittis on their eLife Preview publication!

CONGRATS to Tim for his publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology!

CONGRATS to Ian for his publication!

Welcome, Shruti Nanivadekar, M.D./Ph.D. Student!

Aryn spent a sabbatical with Dr. Sylvia Arber’s Lab in Switzerland!


Congratulations to Dr. Gittis and Dr. Jin Wang at the University of Minnesota! They were awarded a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation!

Congratulations to Dr. Gittis and Dr. Rob Turner at Pittsburgh University! They were awarded an NIH Research Project Grant (R01)!

Dr. Aryn Gittis has received tenure! Congratulations!

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

CONGRATS to Victoria for her publication in JNeurosci!

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Latest Publications

Spix, Teresa, Gittis, Aryn H. “Parkinson’s Disease: Debunking an old theory.”
eLife Preview (2020)

Spix, Teresa, Toong, Noelle, Isett, Brian R., Kaplow, Irene M., Goksen, Yazel, Pfenning, Andreas R., Gittis, Aryn H. “Electrically-driven cell-type neuromodulation in the external globus pallidus.”
Neuron: Sneak Peek (2020)

Whalen, Timothy C., Willard, Amanda M., Rubin, Jonathan E., Gittis, Aryn H. “Delta oscillations are a robust biomarker of dopamine depletion severity and motor dysfunction in awake mice.”
Journal of Neurophysiology (2020)

Phillips, Ryan S., Rosner, Ian, Gittis, Aryn H., Rubin, Jonathan E. “A computational model explains and predicts substantia nigra pars reticulata responses to pallidal and striatal inputs.”
BioRxiv (2020)

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