Alex Doyle

Entering Class - 2015

E-MAIL: doyle388@umn.edu

Undergraduate Institution And Major:

University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Neuroscience major, chemistry minor, 2013

Graduate Advisor:

Thesis Committee Members:

Description of Graduate Research:

I am investigating the neurophysiological basis of gait dysfunction in a model of Parkinson’s Disease. I focus on relating neuronal changes with behavior changes during parkinsonism onset and deep-brain stimulation application.

Research Categories:

  • Motor Control, Muscle Function, & Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases & Neural Injury
  • Neuroengineering

Professional Presentations:

  • [Poster] Doyle A, Zhang S, Peña E, Yeatts M, Johnson M. A particle-swarm optimization algorithm for predicting deep brain stimulation settings that improve parkinsonian motor signs. The Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2017.
  • [Talk] Doyle A, Zhang S, Peña E, Yeatts M, Johnson M. A particle-swarm optimization algorithm for predicting deep brain stimulation settings that improve parkinsonian motor signs. The Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2017.
  • [Poster]  Doyle A, Krieg J, Wilmerding LK, Madden L, Demuth S, Zhang S, Molnar G, Netoff T, Vitek J, Johnson M.  Quantifying axial motor signs in the non-human primate MPTP model of Parkinson’s Disease. The 19th Annual NINDS Udall Centers Meeting, Bethesda, MD, October 2017.

Rotations:

GPN Committee(s):

  • Student Board Class Representative 2015-2017
  • Career Facilitation Committee (CFC) Member, 2016- Present

Professional Outreach:

  • GPN Brain Booth at the Minnesota State Fair 2016
  • Clinical Neuroscience Brain Booth at the Minnesota State Fair 2016
  • Minnesota State Science Bowl 2016
  • Graduate Student Panel for the UMN Undergraduate Brain Club 2016
  • Minnesota State Science Bowl 2016

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Neuroscience Student Membership
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Student Membership

What Got You Interested In Research?

I was first interested in research after learning about how diseases affect the brain and wanting to find out more about how disrupting neural circuits resulted in abnormal behaviors.  I am most interested in translating that basic knowledge of disease research into therapeutics for human patient populations.

Why Did You Choose MN?

I chose to join the GPN for three main reasons: 1) There were several neurodegenerative disease research laboratories that I was interested in 2) I wanted to join the NSF IGERT program and learn more about neural engineering, and 3) I liked the close-knit and supportive community of the GPN students and faculty.  

Student Mentor And The Best Advice They Gave.

Zoé Christenson Wick: “Watch Jessica Jones.”

Alex Doyle