Julie Elizabeth Miller

Research Interests

My laboratory studies neurogenetic mechanisms which underlie normal and abnormal motor speech using the zebra finch songbird. My particular focus is to investigate molecular and cellular pathways altered by speech disorders associated with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. To carry out these investigations, we use a combination of behavioral, genetic, biochemical and electrophysiological approaches that enable us to link changes at the molecular/cellular levels to alterations in neural circuits for song behavior. In addition to my laboratory studies, I have active collaborations with researchers working in a variety of mammalian species including clinicians. The end goal is to leverage the advantages offered by each species and an array of biological tools to further advance our understanding of speech mechanisms.