Alex Marciante, PhD

Alex Marciante

Hometown: Keller, TX

Year I became a Gator: 2019

Position: Postdoc

Research focus: I am currently studying adenosinergic regulation of phrenic motor plasticity in the context of aging, sex differences, inflammation, time-of-day, and genetics. I am focused in basic research but also engage in collaborative opportunities with our clinical groups both at Brooks Rehabilitation and UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida

Career goals: My long-term career goals include having my own laboratory to 1) develop an independent line of research focused on how specific factors—particularly APOE4, and acquired neural injuries (TBI, SCI, stroke)—promote breathing dysfunction and
undermine respiratory plasticity, and 2) explore neurotherapeutic/rehabilitative strategies that can help to overcome these deficits.

What I do for fun: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, visiting Florida’s Universal Studios, traveling, and being creative!