University of California, Los Angeles
Neuroscience Research Building
635 Charles Young Dr. BOX 957332
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7332
PhD 1995, SUNY - Stony Brook
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland
Michele A. Basso is currently the director of the Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The laboratory runs a research program focusing on basic questions of science that may have direct clinical impact on the treatment of certain diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. One of Dr. Basso’s current target research projects investigates the role of two parts of the brain, the basal ganglia and the superior colliculus, in saccadic (quick and simultaneous) eye movement decision-making. Saccadic eye movement choices, like many other action selections, are routed through the basal ganglia and superior colliculus within the brain. Further study of the link between these parts of the brain and saccadic eye movement selection may yield a better understanding of how Parkinson’s disease may cause decreases in patients’ decision-making ability.