Alex Doyle

Entering Class - 2015

E-MAIL: doyle388@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Neuroscience major, chemistry minor, 2013

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:

  • Neuroscience Departmental Honors

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
Undergraduate:
Dr. Judy Cameron’s Lab: We investigated how different novel neurotrophic factors affect motor function, cognitive ability, and sleep patterns in a unilateral MPTP model of Parkinson’s Disease in rhesus macaques.
Dr. Stephen Suomi’s Lab: We used EEG to look for evidence of mirror neurons in infant rhesus macaques.
Dr. Michael Palladino’s Lab: I maintained Drosophilia melanogaster genetic strains and conducted daily phenotypic screenings to facilitate research on mutations affecting Na/K ATPase expression in rapid-onset dystonic Parkinsonism.

Post-bac Research: 
Dr. Mortimer Mishkin’s Lab:  As a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), I worked on elucidating neural mechanisms of rhesus macaque vocalization production and perception by recording with an ECoG array implanted over the left hemisphere.

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 MN for a couple reasons.  Foremost, the GPN has fantastic neurodegenerative disease research, and there were many labs in which I could see myself working.  Along those lines, I wanted to join the IGERT program and bring neural engineering techniques into my neuroscience research. While looking at graduate programs, the GPN was the only program I found that has a strong record of facilitating career exploration outside of academia.  Maybe most importantly, I liked the people in the program.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Zoé Christenson Wick told me “Don’t stress out about classes” and “Watch Jessica Jones.”

Alex Doyle