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 working on a mouse model of autism that aims to recreate the neuropathology seen in autistic humans. This is somewhat different to conventional mouse models of disease, in which some genetic aspect of the disease is engineered into a mouse line and studied, because we are using powerful genetic tools exclusively available in mice to control expression of exogenous genes to initiate controlled cell death in specific populations of neurons. In particular, we are examining the effects of focal Purkinje cell loss during development of sociality and reversal learning.

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.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN? 
The supportive and collaborative community was what drew me to Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?  
If you have to choose between the specific research question you want to pursue or a positive work environment, always choose the positive work environment. A negative atmosphere and toxic interpersonal relationships will sour even the most engaging project, whereas a healthy, supportive lab/advisor will make an otherwise most banal project in the world fascinating, inspiring, and fun.

Derek Dziobek