Joshua Berke

Joshua Berke, Ph.D.

Joshua Berke

Department of Neurology
Director, Alcohol and Addiction Research Group
Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience




Email: [email protected]


UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Center
Box 0444
675 Nelson Rising Lane, Room 
San Francisco, CA. 94158

My laboratory investigates how mammalian neural circuits achieve critical psychological functions including decision-making and learning. We have a particular focus on the basal ganglia - their dynamics in normal awake, behaving animals and in pathological conditions such as drug addiction, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s Disease and Tourette Syndrome. We combine sophisticated behavioral tasks with a range of state-of-the-art techniques including electrophysiological recording of many individual neurons, real-time neurochemical measures, and optogenetic manipulations. We are also actively involved in developing new technologies for systems neuroscience.