Joshua Aman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Aman’s research focuses on examining neurophysiological and biomechanical indications of movement disorders. That is, investigating the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of movement disorders and how they manifest themselves through signs and symptoms. In parallel, his work also focuses on the mechanisms of action of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and its effects on neurophysiological processes and subsequent (motor and non-motor) behavioral changes.

Dr. Aman received his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012, focusing on the effects of DBS on somatosensory function in PD. 

He spent the next three years studying somatosensory function in Dystonia and in 2014 received a College of Education and Human Development Faculty and Staff Research Award for his work on evaluating and improving somatosensory function in movement disorders during which he traveled to Singapore and worked with collaborators from Nanyang Technical University on these protocols. He joined the Department of Neurology in 2015 and in 2016 he was awarded a MnDRIVE fellowship in neuromodulation for his proposal to use intraoperative neurophysiological recordings and high resolution brain images to develop patient-specific DBS programming strategies for improving outcomes in Dystonia patients following DBS lead implant surgery.

In addition to his research, Dr. Aman was trained in clinical neurophysiology by leading experts Dr. Jerrold Vitek and Dr. Scott Cooper on the interpretation of intraoperative neurophysiological brain activity, or “brain mapping”. Dr. Aman provides support to the U of M neurosurgical team during DBS lead implant surgeries by interpreting neurophysiological activity in order to determine the optimal location for implanting the electrode within targeted structures in the brain.

Joshua Aman