Alexander Tang

Alex Tang
Post-Doctoral Scholar
B.Sc.Hons., PhD - University of Western Australia


I completed my PhD in Australia with A/Prof. Jennifer Rodger at the end of 2016 where I investigated how non-invasive brain stimulation induces neuroplasticity in the intact and injured brain. I joined the NRIM unit in 2017 and now investigate how neuronal oscillations shape the spiking and plasticity properties of the inferior olive. 

Techniques Used 

  • In vitro patch clamp electrophysiology
  • Calcium imaging
  • Optogenetics
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Whole-cell reconstruction

Professional Experience

  • UWA Guest Lecturer and Tutor  2012-2016
  • Royal Perth Hospital Research Assistant (SCIPA Clinical Trial) 2011-2014

Select Awards

  • Honourable Mention - Dean of the Graduate Research School UWA 2017
  • 6th International Conference on Transcranial Brain Stimulation Presentation Award 2016
  • Australian Society for Medical Research Gold Student Prize 2015
  • UWA Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award 2014
  • Australian Postgraduate Award 2013-2016
  • Bruce and Betty Green Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2013-2016

Recent Publications

  • Tang, A. D., Bennett, W., Hadrill, C., Collins, J., Fulopova, B., Wills, K., ... & Canty, A. (2018). Low intensity repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation modulates skilled motor learning in adult mice. Scientific Reports8(1), 4016.

  • Tang, A.D, Thickbroom, G., & Rodger, J. (2017). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the brain: mechanisms from animal and experimental models. The Neuroscientist23(1), 82-94.

  • Tang, A. D., Lowe, A. S., Garrett, A. R., Woodward, R., Bennett, W., Canty, A. J., ... & Rodger J. (2016). Construction and Evaluation of Rodent-Specific rTMS Coils. Frontiers in Neural Circuits10.

  • Tang, A. D., Hong, I., Boddington, L. J., Garrett, A. R., Etherington, S., Reynolds, J. N., & Rodger, J. (2016). Low-intensity repetitive magnetic stimulation lowers action potential threshold and increases spike firing in layer 5 pyramidal neurons in vitro. Neuroscience335, 64-71.