Dr. Alexander Sutton


Post-Doctoral Researcher

Volen Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University,
Mailstop 013
415 South Street
Waltham MA 02454

Tel: (781) 736-3134
Fax: (781) 736-3142

B.A., Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Ph.D., Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

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1. Sutton AC, Sheeran KA, Pilitsis JG, Shin DS. Recruitment of externally-guided cerebellar motor circuit by subthalamic nucleus stimulation. Under review, Brain Structure and Function MS# D-14-00019.

2. Sutton AC, Yu WJ, Calos ME, Mueller LE, Berk M, Shim J, Molho ES, Brotchie JM, Carlen PL, Shin DS. Elevated potassium provides an ionic mechanism for deep brain stimulation in the hemiparkinsonian rat. European Journal of Neuroscience 2013 Jan;109(2):363-74.

3. Sutton AC, Yu W, Calos ME, Smith AB, Ramirez-Zamora A, Molho ES, Pilitsis JG, Brotchie JM, Shin DS. Deep brain stimulation of the substantia nigra pars reticulata improves forelimb akinesia in the hemiparkinsonian rat. Journal of Neurophysiology 2013 Jan;37(2):231-41.

4. Shin DS, Yu W, Sutton A, Calos M, Puil E, Carlen PL. Isovaline, a rare amino acid, has anticonvulsant properties in two in vitro hippocampal seizures models by increasing interneuronal activity. Epilepsia 2011 Nov; 52(11):2084-93.

5.  Shin DS, Yu W, Sutton A, Calos M, Carlen PL. Elevated potassium elicits recurrent surges of large GABAA-receptor-mediated post-synaptic currents in hippocampal CA3 pyramidal neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology 2011 Mar;105(3):1185-98.

I study the effects of morphological variability on eletrcophysiological properties of STG neurons. This involves reconstructing 3D neurons from confocal image stacks and analyzing / examining features of the neurite branch structure to determine what parameters can be varied to maintain function.

  • Morphological characterization & reconstruction of STG neurons