Alejandro Albizu, B.S.

Graduate Student

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Alejandro Albizu, B.S.

BS, Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

E-mail:   alexanderalbizu@phhp.ufl.edu
Phone:  352-294-8993

Primary Appointment:

Graduate Research Fellow, Woods Lab
Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Neuroscience
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Professional Interests

Alejandro Albizu is a doctoral student at the University of Florida in the Department of Neuroscience, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods. Alejandro joined the Woods Lab in the summer of 2018. As an undergraduate, he studied the neural mechanisms of anxiety disorders, especially within military members (e.g., PTSD) in the laboratory of Dr. Wen Li at Florida State University, and later continued that line of research as a lab manager. Alejandro’s current research focuses on multi-modal neuroimaging to identify targets for novel intervention techniques (i.e., multi-modal neuromodulation). Within the lab, Alejandro collaborates with Aprinda to investigate novel computational modeling and machine learning techniques to develop individualized neuromodulatory interventions. Alejandro ultimately hopes to complete the PhD program to begin a career as a military neuroscientist in the Center for Military Psychiatry & Neurosciences Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Honors and Awards

2020 National Institute on Aging (NIA) T32 Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cognition in Aging, MCI, and Alzheimer’s Disease Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Florida

2020 NYC Neuromodulation Outstanding Presentation by an Early Career Scientist

2019 UF College of Medicine Travel Award

2017 Bess H. Ward Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award

2017 First Place Howard D. Baker Research Talk Award

2016 Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Publications 

Indahlastari, A, Albizu, A, Boutzoukas, EM, O’Shea, A, & Woods, AJ. White matter hyperintensities affect transcranial electrical stimulation in the aging brain. Brain Stimulation. Manuscript under review for publication in August 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 6.919. Citations: 0

Hardcastle, C, O’Shea, A, Kraft, JN, Albizu, A, Evangelista, ND, Hausman, HK, Boutzoukas, EM, Van Etten, E, Bharadwaj, PK, Song, H, Smith, SG, Porges, EC, DeKosky, S, Hishaw, GA, Wu, SS, Marsiske, M, Cohen, R, Alexander, GE, & Woods, AJ. Contributions of hippocampal volume to cognition in healthy older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Manuscript under review for publication in August 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 4.504. Citations: 0

Albizu A, Fang R, Indahlastari A,O’Shea A, Stolte SE, See KB, Boutzoukas EM, Kraft JK, Nissim NR, & Woods AJ. Machine learning and individual variability in electric field characteristics predict tDCS treatment response. Brain Stimulation. Manuscript under review for publication in May 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 6.919. Citations: 0

Kraft, JN, O’Shea, A, Albizu, A, Evangelista, ND, Hausman, HK, Boutzoukas, EM, Nissim, NR, Van Etten, EJ, Bharadwaj, PK, Song, H, Smith, SG, Porges, EC, DeKosky, S, Hishaw, GA, Wu, S, Marsiske, M, Cohen, R, Alexander, GE, & Woods, AJ. Structural neural correlates of double decision performance in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Manuscript accepted for publication in September 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 4.504. Citations: 0

Indahlastari A, Albizu A, O’Shea A, Forbes MA, Nissim NR, Kraft JK, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, Woods AJ, & the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Modeling transcranial electrical stimulation in the aging brain. Brain Stimulation. Manuscript accepted for publication in Feburary 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 6.919. Citations: 4

Clancy KJ, Albizu A, Schmidt NB, & Li W. Intrinsic sensory disinhibition contributes to intrusive re-experiencing in combat veterans. Scientific Reports. Manuscript accepted for publication in January 2020. Journal Impact Factor: 4.122. Citations: 2

Albizu A, Indahlastari A, Woods AJ. Non-invasive Brain Stimulation. In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham. Chapter accepted for publication March 2019. Citations: 0

Indahlastari A, Albizu A, Nissim NR, Traeger KR, O’Shea A, Woods AJ. Methods to monitor accurate and consistent electrode placements in conventional transcranial electrical stimulation. Brain Stimulation. Manuscript accepted for publication in October 2018. Journal Impact Factor: 6.919. Citations: 3

Clancy KJ, Baisley SK, Albizu A, Kartvelishvili N, Ding M, Li W. Lasting Connectivity Increase and Anxiety Reduction via Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Manuscript accepted for publication in October 2018. Journal Impact Factor: 3.616. Citations: 5

Presentations

Albizu A, Fang, R, Indahlastari, A, O’Shea, A, Nissim NR, Woods AJ. Determinants of Treatment Response for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Session talk presentation at the 7th Annual Meeting of NYC Neuromodulation Conference in April 2020.

Albizu A, Indahlastari A, Nissim NR, O’Shea A, Fang R., & Woods AJ. Building Personalized Medicine Models for Therapeutic Applications of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the North Central Florida SfN Chapter Conference in January 2020.

Indahlastari A, Albizu A, O’Shea A, Nissim NR, & Wood AJ. Modeling in an Aging Population Study (MAPS): A Finite Element Approach to Understanding the Effects of Aging on Transcranial Electrical Stimulation. Paper accepted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in August 2019.

Kraft KN, O’Shea A, Albizu A, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, Boutzoukas EM, Porges EC, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, Woods AJ. Structural Neural Correlates of Speed of Processing. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in August 2019.

Albizu A, Indahlastari A, Nissim NR, O’Shea A, Fang R., & Woods AJ. Building Personalized Medicine Models for Therapeutic Applications of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in August 2019.

You Y, Albizu A, Li W. Hypersensitivity of the parvocellular visual pathway in trait-anxious individuals. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November 2018.

Indahlastari A, Albizu A, Nissim NR, Traeger KR, O’Shea A, Woods AJ. A Method for Determining tDCS Electrode Accuracy. Paper accepted for presentation at the joint meeting of the 2018 Neuromodulation Conference and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) in August 2018.

Clancy KJ, Albizu A, Li W. Sensory Gating Deficits Mediate Threat Encoding of Olfactory Stimuli and Intrusive Re-Experiencing Symptoms in Combat-Exposed Veterans. Paper accepted for oral presentation at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Association of Chemoreception Sciences in April 2018.

Hayworth C*, Karavitis A*, Irwin A*, Albizu A, Clancy KJ, Li W. Mechanism-based Transcranial Alternating Stimulation for Post-Traumatic Stress. Abstract accepted for presentation at Florida State University’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2018.

Messenger A*, Gonzalez S*, Albizu A, Li W. Magnocellular-Parvocellular Pathway Reciprocity in Visual Processing and the Trait-like Set Point Modulated by Anxiety. Abstract accepted for presentation at Florida State University’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2018.

Saavadra T*, Fitzsimmons M*, Torbert C*, Bockler OR*, Albizu A, Li W. Biomarkers of Tourette’s Syndrome in Mu Oscillations of the Sensorimotor Cortex: an EEG/tACS Study. Abstract accepted for presentation at Florida State University’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2018.

Clancy KJ, Albizu A,Ding M, Li W. Deficient posterior-to-frontal alpha-frequency connectivity and re-experiencing symptoms in combat-exposed veterans: a sensory model for PTSD. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in March 2018.

Albizu ASensory Processing Deficits and Aberrant Neural Oscillations in Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Honor’s Thesis Defense Presented at: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL in April 2017.

Albizu A, Clancy KJ, Schmidt NB, Li W. Sensory Processing Deficits and Aberrant Neural Oscillations in Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Paper accepted for oral presentation at the 26th Annual Howard D. Baker Research Talks & Awards Ceremony in March 2017.

Albizu A, Clancy KJ, Schmidt NB, Li W. Sensory Processing Deficits and Aberrant Neural Oscillations in Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Abstract accepted for presentation at 6th Annual Meeting of the Rushton Lecture Series in March 2017.

* – denotes mentored student

Non-refereed Publications

Clancy, KJ, Albizu, A, Schmidt, NB, & Li, W. Intrinsic sensory disinhibition contributes to intrusive re-experiencing in combat veterans. Pre-print server. BioRxiv. Accepted April 2019.

Clancy KJ, Baisley SK, Albizu A, Kartvelishvili N, Ding M, Li W. Transcranial alternating current stimulation induces long-term augmentation of neural connectivity and sustained anxiety reduction. BioRvix. Accepted October 2017.

Albizu A, Clancy KJ, Schmidt NB, Li W. Sensory processing deficits and aberrant neural oscillations in veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, United States of America. Submitted to online repository in May 2017.