Derek Dziobek

Entering Class - 2009

E-MAIL: dziob001@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Arizona State University, BS in Physics, 2009

GRADUATE ADVISOR
James Ashe, M.D., Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
We are plumbing the secrets of the deep cerebellar nuclei and how they contribute to the cognitive control of eye movements.  We have concocted a behavioral assay in which non-human primates are given a choice of images to look at, and we are using this as a tool to quantify choice while monitoring voluntary eye movements.  We couple this with single cell neural recordings to relate neural responses to behavior.

RESEARCH CATEGORIES

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease

ROTATIONS

GRADUATE LEVEL PUBLICATIONS

  • Goodwin SJ, Dziobek D. Defining the cognitive enhancing properties of video games: Steps Towards Standardization and Translation. Postdoc J. 2016 Sep;4(9):32-36.
  • Dziobek D, Zhang D, Ashe J, Lu X (2015) New primate model linked to the pathogenesis of autism.  Brain Disorders and Therapy 4: 2
  • Abu-Odeh D, Dziobek D, Jimenez NT, Barbey C, Dubinsky JM. Active learning in a neuroethics course positively impacts moral judgment development in undergraduates. J Undergrad Neurosci Educ. 2015 Mar 15;13(2):A110-9.

GRADUATE LEVEL ABSTRACTS

  • Society for Neuroscience 2015
  • Society for Neuroscience 2015
  • Society for Neuroscience 2016

ROTATIONS

  • James Ashe, M.D., Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology
  • Yasushi Nakagawa, M.D./Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
  • David Largaespada, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
  • Walter Low, Ph.D., Department of Neurosurgery

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN? 
It seemed like a great setting with a number of supportive individuals.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?  
Keep your mind open to new areas of research, and try to find a work environment that fits you.

Derek Dziobek