Adele DeNicola

Entering Class - 2012

E-MAIL: denic003@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Boston College, B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology with Honors, Neuroscience Concentration, 2010

GRADUATE ADVISOR
Matthew Chafee, Ph.D. Department of Neuroscience

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
My lab studies the neural mechanisms of cognitive control in the context of psychiatric disease. Neuronal activity and information transfer within neural circuits is not well understood in the context of psychiatric disease. My thesis work looks at the underlying mechanisms within the thalamo-cortical network during performance of a cognitive control task to better understand how the thalamus affects cortical processing of cognition.  I will also examine this network in the context of psychiatric disease and whether deep brain stimulation can reduce cognitive deficits associated with psychiatric disease.

RESEARCH CATEGORIES

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroengineering
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2015
  • American Legion Brain Sciences Family Award, 2015
  • Sping and Ying Ngoh Lin Award, 2015
  • MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Graduate Student Fellowship, 2014

GRADUATE LEVEL PUBLICATIONS

  • Blackman RK, Crowe DA, DeNicola AL, Sakellaridi S, MacDonald AW III, Chafee MV. Monkey prefrontal neurons reflect logical operations for cognitive control in a variant of the AX continuous performance task (AX-CPT). J Neurosci. 2016 Apr 6;36(14):4067-79.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Career Panel oral presentation at Department of Biology, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. December 4, 2015
  • Characterization and modulating primate thalamocortical network dynamics underlying cognitive control. Oral presentation at Department of Neuroscience Colloquium Series, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, May 6, 2015

ROTATIONS

GPN COMMITTEES

  • Marketing and Recruitment Committee, Founding Member, 2015 - 2017
  • Admissions Committee, 2015 - 2017
  • Mentorship Committee, 2014 - 2016
  • Student Board, First-Year Representative, 2012 - 2013

PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH

  • Volunteer at the Minnesota State Science Bowl, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 2016
  • Volunteer at the Annual Brain Bee Competition, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
  • Brain Awareness Week Instructor, various Schools across the Twin Cities 2013- Present
  • Science Fusion Presenter, Science Museum of Minnesota, October 2014 and 2015
  • Brains at the Fair, Minnesota State Fair University of Minnesota Booth, August 2015
  • MnDrive at the Fair, Minnesota State Fair University of Minnesota Booth, August 2015

                                                                                        
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society for Neuroscience, 2015 – present

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN?
I chose the UMN because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the collaborative environment portrayed to me during the interview weekend. I also very much enjoy all the Twin Cities has to offer outside of the GPN.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?
Give weight to the advice offered up by the upperclassmen; they know what they are talking about because they have been in your shoes.

Adele DeNicola