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We are an interdisciplinary research group of neurologists and phoneticians in Cologne and we investigate speech motor control in movement disorders.

Prof. Dr. Michael T. Barbe

He is a specialist in neurology working at the department of neurology in Cologne. His research focuses on deep brain stimulation and its effect on speech motor skills.

Prof. Dr. Doris Mücke

She is a professor at the Phonetics lab in Cologne. Her main research interest lies in the area of Experimental Phonetics, focusing on the interplay between speech motor control and prosodic patterns in speech. She uses various kinematic and acoustic measurement techniques to capture speech patterns in typical and atypical speech.

Hannah Jergas

She is a clinician scientist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow after having joined the group for her MD thesis in 2017. She is interested in understanding how to improve speech outcomes for patients with parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.

Dr. Tabea Thies

She is a phonetician investigating speech of patients with movement disorders by using acoustic and articulatory speech recordings. The aim is to understand speech mechanisms that induce dysarthria, on the one hand, but also investigating disease and treatment effects on speech, on the other hand.

Dr. med. Jan Niklas Petry-Schmelzer

He is a clinician scientist focusing on the analysis of network effects of deep brain stimulation.


Bastian Auris, Johannes Becker, Sophie Berlet, Richard Dano, Till A. Dembek, Martine Grice, Jonathan Hannemann, Kyra Kashigin, Henrik Niemann, Jane Mertens, Timo B. Röttger, Lars Timmermann