Alexander Williams

  • Program Years: 2014-2019
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Academic Advisor: Surya Ganguli
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, California (2016)
  • Degree(s):
    A.B. Neuroscience, Bowdoin College, 2012

Current Status

  • Research Area: Theoretical Neuroscience


Mackevicius EL, Bahle AH, Williams AH, Gu S, Denissenko NI, Goldman MS, Fee MS (under review). Unsupervised discovery of temporal sequences in high-dimensional datasets, with applications to neuroscience.

Williams AH, Kim TH, Wang F, Vyas S, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV, Schnitzer M, Kolda TG, Ganguli S (2018). Unsupervised discovery of demixed, low-dimensional neural dynamics across multiple timescales through tensor components analysis. Neuron.

Williams AH, ODonnell C, Sejnowski T, OLeary T (2016). Dendritic trafficking faces physiologically critical speed-precision tradeoffs. eLife.

Dickinson PS, Kurland SC, Qu X, Parker BO, Sreekrishnan A, Kwiatkowski MA, Williams AH, Ysasi AB, Christie AE (2015). Distinct or shared actions of peptide family isoforms: II. Multiple pyrokinins exert similar effects in the lobster stomatogastric nervous system. J Exp Biol. 218:2905-17

Karr JR, Williams AH, Zucker JD, Raue A, Steiert B, Timmer J, Kreutz C, DREAM8 Parameter Estimation Challenge Consortium, Wilkinson S, Allgood BA, Bot BM, Hoff BR, Kellen MR, Covert MW, Stolovitzky GA, Meyer P (2015). A Crowdsourced Approach to Parameter Estimation for Whole-Cell Modeling. PLoS Comput Biol. 11(5): e1004096.

O'Leary T, Williams AH, Franci A, Marder E (2014). Cell types, network homeostasis and pathological compensation from a biologically plausible ion channel expression model. Neuron. 82(4):809-21.

Williams AH, Hamood AW, Marder E (in press). Neuromodulation in Small Networks. Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.

Caplan JS, Williams AH, Marder E (2014). Many parameter sets in a multicompartment model oscillator are robust to temperature perturbations. J Neurosci. 34(14):4963-75.

Williams AH, OLeary T, Marder E (2013). Homeostatic Regulation of Neuronal Excitability. Scholarpedia, 8(1): 1656.

Williams AH, Calkins A, OLeary T, Symonds R, Marder E, Dickinson PS (2013). The neuromuscular transform of the lobster cardiac system explains the opposing effects of a neuromodulator on muscle output. J Neurosci. 33(42):16565-75.

OLeary T, Williams AH, Caplan J, Marder E (2013). Correlations in ion channel expression emerge from homeostatic tuning rules. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110(28):E2645-54

Williams AH, Kwiatkowski MA, Mortimer AL, Marder E, Zeeman ML, Dickinson PS (2013). Animal-to-animal variability in the phasing of the crustacean cardiac motor pattern: an experimental and computational analysis. J Neurophysiol. 109: 2451-65.


Best Performer, DREAM8 Challenge, 2013
Brain Corporation Prize, 2013
Beckman Scholar Award, 2011-2012
Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship, 2011