Mike's postdoctoral research in the lab focused on understanding how stress affects behavior and emotion, in terms of the underlying circuit mechanisms, using newly developed optogenetic tools to manipulate neuronal activity with precise temporal and spatial resolution. Earlier, he completed a Ph.D. in the University of Colorado Department of Psychology, working on prefrontal cortical regulation of the behavioral responses to aversive events. He then went on to a research position at the University of Colorado.
Baratta MV, Kodandaramaiah SB, Monahan PE, Yao J, Weber MD, Lin PA, Gisabella B, Petrossian N, Amat J, Kim K, Yang A, Forest CR, Boyden ES, Goosens KA (2015) Stress Enables Reinforcement-Elicited Serotonergic Consolidation of Fear Memory, Biological Psychiatry, advance online publication, pii: S0006-3223(15)00533-8. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.06.025.
Kim K.M., Baratta M.V., Yang A., Lee D., Boyden E.S.*, Fiorillo C.D.* (2012) Optogenetic mimicry of the transient activation of dopamine neurons by natural reward is sufficient for operant reinforcement, PLoS One 7(4):e33612. (* co-corresponding authors)
Han, X.*, Chow, B. Y.*, Zhou, H., Klapoetke, N. C., Chuong, A., Rajimehr, R., Yang, A., Baratta, M. V., Winkle, J., Desimone, R., Boyden, E. S. (2011) A high-light sensitivity optical neural silencer: development and application to optogenetic control of non-human primate cortex, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 5:18. (* co-first authors)