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Wichmann/Galvan Lab

Daniel Albaugh, PhD

Dan AlbaughDr. Albaugh received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.  His graduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Ian Shih combined functional MRI with electrical stimulation and optogenetic tools to map the functional connectivity of basal ganglia nuclei in rodents. In the Wichmann lab, he will be shifting his focus downstream of the basal ganglia to the motor thalamus, employing optogenetic tools and in vivo electrophysiological recordings to study thalamocortical interactions in healthy and parkinsonian monkeys. These studies broadly aim to enhance our understanding of the neural underpinnings of motor function, and how such systems are compromised in Parkinson’s Disease.  Click here for Dr. Albaugh's recent publications.

Michael Caiola, PhD

Mike CiaolaDr. Caiola received his PhD in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) in 2016 and then joined the Wichmann lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research focuses on modeling and understanding neural activity in the basal ganglia, cortex, and thalamus in normal and parkinsonian monkeys through electrophysiologic and optogenetic techniques.  Click here for Dr. Caiola's recent publications.

Yuxian Ma, MD

Yuxian Ma

Dr. Ma attended medical school in Zhengzhou (China) and received an MD degree in 1985, followed by research training in the Department of Physiology at Harbin Medical University in China, as well as postdoctoral studies in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University (Atlanta, GA).  She has extensive experience in electrophysiological brain recordingsin anaesthetized, head restricted and freely moving rodents and monkeys. She joined the Wichmann lab in 1999. Click here for Dr. Ma's recent Publications.

Xing Hu, MD

Xing Hu

Dr. Hu received an MD degree from Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China), followed by residency training at RenJi Hospital, and work as an Assistant Professor in Gerontology (Dept. Medicine) at the same institution.  She came to the US in 2000, first working as a research lab trainee in an FDA laboratory in Mobile, Alabama, and later in research laboratories at Emory University (Dept. Pathology) and Morehouse University (Microarray Core Facility, Cardiovascular Research Institute).  She joined the Wichmann lab as a highly skilled research specialist in 2006.  She is experienced with electrophysiology as well as immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy.  Click here for Dr. Hu's recent publications.

Damien Pittard

 Damien PittardMr. Pittard has an AA degree from the University of Phoenix, and is an AALAS-registered laboratory animal technician.  He began working at Emory University in 2006 as an animal care technician at Yerkes National Primate Research Center and later joined the Wichmann lab in 2010 as a laboratory technician, working alongside many of the researchers on different projects.  Click here for Mr. Pittard's recent publications.