Jesse DeSimone

PhD Student
Office: 170-L Florida Gym, PO Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611


Jesse is a PhD student in the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience. He completed his bachelors and MSc degrees in Kinesiology at Brock University and the University of Western Ontario, respectively. His graduate work focused on the effects of task-irrelevant visual information on the executive planning and control of goal-directed eye and upper-limb movements. Jesse is an associate trainee under the NIH T32 interdisciplinary training program in movement disorders and neurorestoration and his doctoral research is funded by the Health and Human Performance Graduate Fellowship.
Research Interests
Jesse’s research interests entail utilizing diffusion and functional magnetic resonance imaging in rodent models to better understand the biomarkers that characterize movement dysfunction and progression of Parkinsonism disorders. Jesse is also involved in studies using neuroimaging in mouse models of dystonia. A secondary interest is the interaction between cognition (i.e., information processing, decision making, planning) and motor output in healthy individuals.
Selected Publications

DeSimone J.C., Febo M., Shukla, P., Ofori E., Colon-Perez L., Li Y., and Vaillancourt D.E. (2016). In vivo imaging reveals impaired connectivity across cortical and subcortical networks in a mouse model of DYT1 dystonia. Neurobiology of Disease 95: 35-45. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2016.07.005

DeSimone J.C., Everling S., & Heath M. (2015). The Antisaccade task: Visual distractors elicit a location-independent planning cost. PLoS ONE 10(4): e012234. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122345

DeSimone J.C., Aber G.S., Weiler J., & Heath M. (2014). The unidirectional prosaccade switch cost: Correct and error antisaccades differentially influence the planning times for subsequent prosaccades. Vision Research, 96:17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2013.12.005

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