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Joshua Berke, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-353-3068
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Josh Berke's laboratory at UCSF investigates brain mechanisms involved in learning, motivation and decision-making, and how these mechanisms go awry in disorders such as drug addiction, Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease. (see www.berkelab.org). He is also Director of the Alcohol and Addiction Research Group, and holds the Rudi Schmid Distinguished Professorship in Neurology.

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    Neural mechanisms linking need to reward
    NIH/NINDS R01NS116626Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2025
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Assessment of Striatal Indirect Pathway Function in Normal and HD Rats
    CHDI May 1, 2018 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Dopaminergic mechanisms for motivation and reinforcement learning
    NIH/NIDA R01DA045783Apr 15, 2018 - Mar 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Dopaminergic mechanisms for motivation and reinforcement learning
    NIH/NIDA R01DA045783Apr 15, 2018 - Mar 31, 2023
    Carbon Thread Arrays for High Resolution Multi-Modal Analysis of Microcircuits
    NIH/NINDS U01NS094375Jan 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Striatal Microcircuits: Regulation and Function
    NIH/NINDS R01NS078435Jun 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Basal Ganglia Pathways for Stopping and Switching
    NIH/NIMH R01MH101697Sep 26, 2013 - May 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Reinforcement Learning and Striatal Patch/Matrix Architecture
    NIH/NIDA R21DA032259Jun 1, 2011 - May 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Combining optogenetics and electrophysiology to dissect accumbens microcircuits
    NIH/NIMH R21MH093888May 20, 2011 - Apr 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Multiple Memory Systems in Action Selection
    NIH/NIDA R01DA014318Aug 1, 2001 - Jul 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator
    STRIATAL AND HIPPOCAMPAL REPRESENTATIONS OF HABITS
    NIH/NIMH F32MH012908Sep 29, 2000
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Cellular-scale silicon probes for high-density, precisely-localized neurophysiology. J Neurophysiol. 2020 Sep 23. Egert DG, Pettibone JR, Lemke SM, Patel PR, Caldwell CM, Cai D, Ganguly K, Chestek CA, Berke J. PMID: 32965150.
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    2. An expanded palette of dopamine sensors for multiplex imaging in vivo. Nat Methods. 2020 Sep 07. Patriarchi T, Mohebi A, Sun J, Marley A, Liang R, Dong C, Puhger K, Mizuno GO, Davis CM, Wiltgen B, von Zastrow M, Berke JD, Tian L. PMID: 32895537.
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    3. Globus pallidus dynamics reveal covert strategies for behavioral inhibition. Elife. 2020 Jun 10; 9. Gu BM, Schmidt R, Berke JD. PMID: 32519952.
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    4. The Degree of Nesting between Spindles and Slow Oscillations Modulates Neural Synchrony. J Neurosci. 2020 Jun 10; 40(24):4673-4684. Silversmith DB, Lemke SM, Egert D, Berke JD, Ganguly K. PMID: 32371605.
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    5. Dopamine release drives motivation, independently from dopamine cell firing. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020 01; 45(1):220. Mohebi A, Berke JD. PMID: 31462753.
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    6. Knock-In Rat Lines with Cre Recombinase at the Dopamine D1 and Adenosine 2a Receptor Loci. eNeuro. 2019 Sep/Oct; 6(5). Pettibone JR, Yu JY, Derman RC, Faust TW, Hughes ED, Filipiak WE, Saunders TL, Ferrario CR, Berke JD. PMID: 31451604.
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    7. Publisher Correction: Dissociable dopamine dynamics for learning and motivation. Nature. 2019 Jul; 571(7763):E3. Mohebi A, Pettibone JR, Hamid AA, Wong JT, Vinson LT, Patriarchi T, Tian L, Kennedy RT, Berke JD. PMID: 31217588.
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    8. Dissociable dopamine dynamics for learning and motivation. Nature. 2019 06; 570(7759):65-70. Mohebi A, Pettibone JR, Hamid AA, Wong JT, Vinson LT, Patriarchi T, Tian L, Kennedy RT, Berke JD. PMID: 31118513.
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    9. What does dopamine mean? Nat Neurosci. 2018 06; 21(6):787-793. Berke JD. PMID: 29760524.
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    10. Fast-Spiking Interneurons Supply Feedforward Control of Bursting, Calcium, and Plasticity for Efficient Learning. Cell. 2018 02 08; 172(4):683-695.e15. Owen SF, Berke JD, Kreitzer AC. PMID: 29425490.
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    11. Sensorimotor Processing in the Basal Ganglia Leads to Transient Beta Oscillations during Behavior. J Neurosci. 2017 11 15; 37(46):11220-11232. Mirzaei A, Kumar A, Leventhal D, Mallet N, Aertsen A, Berke J, Schmidt R. PMID: 29038241.
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    12. A Pause-then-Cancel model of stopping: evidence from basal ganglia neurophysiology. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2017 Apr 19; 372(1718). Schmidt R, Berke JD. PMID: 28242736.
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    13. Acetylcholine Release in Prefrontal Cortex Promotes Gamma Oscillations and Theta-Gamma Coupling during Cue Detection. J Neurosci. 2017 03 22; 37(12):3215-3230. Howe WM, Gritton HJ, Lusk NA, Roberts EA, Hetrick VL, Berke JD, Sarter M. PMID: 28213446.
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    14. Cell Assembly Dynamics of Sparsely-Connected Inhibitory Networks: A Simple Model for the Collective Activity of Striatal Projection Neurons. PLoS Comput Biol. 2016 Feb; 12(2):e1004778. Angulo-Garcia D, Berke JD, Torcini A. PMID: 26915024.
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    15. Arkypallidal Cells Send a Stop Signal to Striatum. Neuron. 2016 Jan 20; 89(2):308-16. Mallet N, Schmidt R, Leventhal D, Chen F, Amer N, Boraud T, Berke JD. PMID: 26777273.
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    16. Cortical cholinergic signaling controls the detection of cues. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 23; 113(8):E1089-97. Gritton HJ, Howe WM, Mallory CS, Hetrick VL, Berke JD, Sarter M. PMID: 26787867.
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    17. Cell assembly dynamics of sparse inhibitory networks: a simple model for the activity of the Medium Spiny Neurons. BMC Neuroscience. 2015 Dec 1; 16(Suppl 1):p14. David Angulo-Garcia, Alessandro Torcini, Joshua D Berke. .
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    18. Mesolimbic dopamine signals the value of work. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Jan; 19(1):117-26. Hamid AA, Pettibone JR, Mabrouk OS, Hetrick VL, Schmidt R, Vander Weele CM, Kennedy RT, Aragona BJ, Berke JD. PMID: 26595651.
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    19. Silk-Backed Structural Optimization of High-Density Flexible Intracortical Neural Probes. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2015 Feb 1; 24(1):62-69. Fan Wu, Lee W. Tien, Fujun Chen, Joshua D. Berke, David L. Kaplan, Euisik Yoon. .
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    20. Silk-backed structural optimization of high-density flexible intracortical neural probes. IEEE Journal on Microelectromechanical Systems. 2015; 24:62-69. Wu F, Tien LW, Chen F, Berke J, Kaplan DL, Yoon E.
    21. New roles for the external globus pallidus in basal ganglia circuits and behavior. J Neurosci. 2014 Nov 12; 34(46):15178-83. Gittis AH, Berke JD, Bevan MD, Chan CS, Mallet N, Morrow MM, Schmidt R. PMID: 25392486.
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    22. Dissociable effects of dopamine on learning and performance within sensorimotor striatum. Basal Ganglia. 2014 Jun 01; 4(2):43-54. Leventhal DK, Stoetzner C, Abraham R, Pettibone J, DeMarco K, Berke JD. PMID: 24949283.
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    23. Control of basal ganglia output by direct and indirect pathway projection neurons. J Neurosci. 2013 Nov 20; 33(47):18531-9. Freeze BS, Kravitz AV, Hammack N, Berke JD, Kreitzer AC. PMID: 24259575.
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    24. Canceling actions involves a race between basal ganglia pathways. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Aug; 16(8):1118-24. Schmidt R, Leventhal DK, Mallet N, Chen F, Berke JD. PMID: 23852117.
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    25. Basal ganglia beta oscillations accompany cue utilization. Neuron. 2012 Feb 09; 73(3):523-36. Leventhal DK, Gage GJ, Schmidt R, Pettibone JR, Case AC, Berke JD. PMID: 22325204.
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    26. Selective inhibition of striatal fast-spiking interneurons causes dyskinesias. J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 02; 31(44):15727-31. Gittis AH, Leventhal DK, Fensterheim BA, Pettibone JR, Berke JD, Kreitzer AC. PMID: 22049415.
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    27. Investigating striatal function through cell-type-specific manipulations. Neuroscience. 2011 Dec 15; 198:19-26. Kreitzer AC, Berke JD. PMID: 21867745.
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    28. Striatal fast-spiking interneurons: from firing patterns to postsynaptic impact. Front Syst Neurosci. 2011; 5:57. Klaus A, Planert H, Hjorth JJ, Berke JD, Silberberg G, Kotaleski JH. PMID: 21808608.
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    29. Functional properties of striatal fast-spiking interneurons. Front Syst Neurosci. 2011; 5:45. Berke JD. PMID: 21743805.
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    30. Integrating early results on ventral striatal gamma oscillations in the rat. Front Neurosci. 2010; 4:300. van der Meer MA, Kalenscher T, Lansink CS, Pennartz CM, Berke JD, Redish AD. PMID: 21350600.
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    31. Selective activation of striatal fast-spiking interneurons during choice execution. Neuron. 2010 Aug 12; 67(3):466-79. Gage GJ, Stoetzner CR, Wiltschko AB, Berke JD. PMID: 20696383.
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    32. Single-unit activity in the medial prefrontal cortex during immediate and delayed extinction of fear in rats. PLoS One. 2010 Aug 05; 5(8):e11971. Chang CH, Berke JD, Maren S. PMID: 20700483.
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    33. Memory formation: from network structure to neural dynamics. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2010 May 13; 368(1918):2251-67. Feldt S, Wang JX, Hetrick VL, Berke JD, Zochowski M. PMID: 20368245.
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    34. Local dynamics of gap-junction-coupled interneuron networks. Phys Biol. 2010 Mar 12; 7:16015. Lau T, Gage GJ, Berke JD, Zochowski M. PMID: 20228446.
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    35. Opposite effects of stimulant and antipsychotic drugs on striatal fast-spiking interneurons. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2010 May; 35(6):1261-70. Wiltschko AB, Pettibone JR, Berke JD. PMID: 20090670.
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    36. State-dependent plasticity of the corticostriatal pathway. Neuroscience. 2010 Feb 17; 165(4):1013-8. Stoetzner CR, Pettibone JR, Berke JD. PMID: 19932155.
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    37. Corticostriatal Interactions during Learning, Memory Processing, and Decision Making. J Neurosci. 2009 Oct 14; 29(41):12831-8. Pennartz CM, Berke JD, Graybiel AM, Ito R, Lansink CS, van der Meer M, Redish AD, Smith KS, Voorn P. PMID: 19828796.
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    38. Striatal interneurons and reward prediction errors (Commentary on Apicella et al.). Eur J Neurosci. 2009 Aug; 30(3):514. Berke JD. PMID: 19686434.
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    39. Fast oscillations in cortical-striatal networks switch frequency following rewarding events and stimulant drugs. Eur J Neurosci. 2009 Sep; 30(5):848-59. Berke JD. PMID: 19659455.
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    40. Functional clustering algorithm for the analysis of dynamic network data. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2009 May; 79(5 Pt 2):056104. Feldt S, Waddell J, Hetrick VL, Berke JD, Zochowski M. PMID: 19518518.
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    41. Striatal versus hippocampal representations during win-stay maze performance. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Mar; 101(3):1575-87. Berke JD, Breck JT, Eichenbaum H. PMID: 19144741.
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    42. Procedural Learning: Striatum. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. 2009 Jan 1; (Neuron252000):1107-1116. J.D. Berke. .
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    43. Uncoordinated firing rate changes of striatal fast-spiking interneurons during behavioral task performance. J Neurosci. 2008 Oct 01; 28(40):10075-80. Berke JD. PMID: 18829965.
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    44. Functional structure from dynamic clustering of spike train data. BMC Neuroscience. 2008 Jul 1; 9(Suppl 1):p18. Sarah Feldt, Jack Waddell, Vaughn L Hetrick, Joshua D Berke, Michal Zochowski. .
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    45. Wavelet filtering before spike detection preserves waveform shape and enhances single-unit discrimination. J Neurosci Methods. 2008 Aug 15; 173(1):34-40. Wiltschko AB, Gage GJ, Berke JD. PMID: 18597853.
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    46. Transient 23-30 Hz oscillations in mouse hippocampus during exploration of novel environments. Hippocampus. 2008; 18(5):519-29. Berke JD, Hetrick V, Breck J, Greene RW. PMID: 18398852.
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    47. The Homer-1 protein Ania-3 interacts with the plasma membrane calcium pump. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 May 05; 343(2):630-7. Sgambato-Faure V, Xiong Y, Berke JD, Hyman SE, Strehler EE. PMID: 16554037.
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    48. Participation of Striatal Neurons in Large-Scale Oscillatory Networks. The Basal Ganglia VIII. 2005 Jan 1; 56:25-35. Joshua D. Berke. .
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    49. Oscillatory Entrainment of Striatal Neurons in Freely Moving Rats. Neuron. 2004 Oct 1; 44(3):571. Joshua D. Berke, Murat Okatan, Jennifer Skurski, Howard B. Eichenbaum. .
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    50. Oscillatory entrainment of striatal neurons in freely moving rats. Neuron. 2004 Sep 16; 43(6):883-96. Berke JD, Okatan M, Skurski J, Eichenbaum HB. PMID: 15363398.
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    51. Analysis of mRNA expression in striatal tissue by differential display polymerase chain reaction. Methods Mol Med. 2003; 79:193-209. Berke JD. PMID: 12506698.
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    52. Learning and memory mechanisms involved in compulsive drug use and relapse. Methods Mol Med. 2003; 79:75-101. Berke JD. PMID: 12506691.
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    53. Analysis of mRNA Expression in Striatal Tissue by Differential Display Polymerase Chain Reaction. Drugs of Abuse. 2003 Jan 1; 79:193-209. Joshua D. Berke. .
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    54. Learning and Memory Mechanisms Involved in Compulsive Drug Use and Relapse. Drugs of Abuse. 2003 Jan 1; 79:75-101. Joshua D. Berke. .
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    55. Drug addiction and the hippocampus. Science. 2001 Nov 09; 294(5545):1235. Berke JD, Eichenbaum HB. PMID: 11701892.
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    56. Dopamine and glutamate induce distinct striatal splice forms of Ania-6, an RNA polymerase II-associated cyclin. Neuron. 2001 Oct 25; 32(2):277-87. Berke JD, Sgambato V, Zhu PP, Lavoie B, Vincent M, Krause M, Hyman SE. PMID: 11683997.
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    57. Addiction, dopamine, and the molecular mechanisms of memory. Neuron. 2000 Mar; 25(3):515-32. Berke JD, Hyman SE. PMID: 10774721.
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    58. A complex program of striatal gene expression induced by dopaminergic stimulation. J Neurosci. 1998 Jul 15; 18(14):5301-10. Berke JD, Paletzki RF, Aronson GJ, Hyman SE, Gerfen CR. PMID: 9651213.
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    59. Acute effects of cocaine on human brain activity and emotion. Neuron. 1997 Sep; 19(3):591-611. Breiter HC, Gollub RL, Weisskoff RM, Kennedy DN, Makris N, Berke JD, Goodman JM, Kantor HL, Gastfriend DR, Riorden JP, Mathew RT, Rosen BR, Hyman SE. PMID: 9331351.
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    60. Molecular adaptations to psychostimulants in striatal neurons: toward a pathophysiology of addiction. Neurobiol Dis. 1997; 4(3-4):239-46. Genova L, Berke J, Hyman SE. PMID: 9361300.
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    61. Activation of striatum and amygdala during reward conditioning: An FMRI study. NeuroImage. 1996 Jun 1; 3(3):s220. H.C. Breiter, J.D. Berke, W.A. Kennedy, B.R. Rosen, S.E. Hyman. .
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