Alesa Netzley, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Emergency Medicine
Sanderson Lab

Areas of Interest

Alesa has dedicated her graduate training to establishing a Yucatan minipig model of pediatric concussion and characterizing how post-concussive symptoms present using a battery of behavioral and physiological assessments. Alesa is a first-generation college graduate passionate about encouraging individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue career opportunities in STEM. She plans to one day establish her own neuroscience research laboratory as a tenure-track professor at an R1 institution. Her future research goals are to develop novel therapeutic strategies to improve the quality of life for patients living with acquired brain injuries.


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Neuroscience, Alma College

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Netzley AH and Pelled G. The Pig as a Translational Animal Model for Biobehavioral and Neurotrauma Research. Biomedicine.
  • Metto AC, Telgkamp P, McLane-Svoboda A, Gilad AA, Pelled G. Closed-loop neurostimulation via expression of magnetogenetics-sensitive protein in inhibitory neurons leads to reduction of seizure activity in a rat model of epilepsy. Brain Research
  • Ricker B, Mitra S, Castellanos EA, Grady CJ, Woldring D, Pelled G, Gilad AA. Proposed three-phenylalanine motif involved in magnetoreception signaling of an Actinopterygii protein expressed in mammalian cells. (2023), Open Biology
  • Krishnan V, Wade-Kleyn LC, Israeli RR, Pelled G. (2022). Peripheral Nerve Injury Induces Changes in the Activity of Inhibitory Interneurons as Visualized in Transgenic GAD1-GCaMP6s Rats. Biosensors (Basel).

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