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Ian Taylor

Ian Mitchell Taylor, PhD



Dr. Ian Mitchell Taylor is a postdoctoral research associate at the NTE Lab. He received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Adrian Michael using previously established methods of in vivo fast scan cyclic voltammetry at bare carbon fiber microelectrodes to make significant advances in the field of neurochemistry.

The focus of his research in the NTE Lab is to develop and optimize next generation analytical sensors suitable for the detection of neurologically relevant compounds in vivo. One project involves the functionalization of carbon fiber microelectrodes with PEDOT/graphene oxide conductive polymer coatings to enable high sensitivity in vivo dopamine detection using fast scan cyclic voltammetry.  Another project involves a collaboration with Diagnostic Biochips, a biotech company in Glen Burnie, MD, involving the development of aptamer-based microelectrode sensor arrays for the real-time detection of cocaine in the rat brain using square wave voltammetry. He is also involved in further collaborative work in the design and application of a novel conductive polymer/aptamer functionalized coating suitable for in vivo sensor use.


Selected Publications

“Development of a novel PEDOT/graphene oxide coated carbon fiber microelectrode for high sensitivity detection of dopamine.” Taylor, I.M., Robbins, E.M., Cody, P.A, Cui, X.T. (2015) (Biosensors and Bioelectronics., under review).


Kinetic diversity of dopamine transmission in the dorsal striatum.” Taylor, I.M., Walters, S.H., Erika L. Varner, Zhan Shu, Kathleen M. Bartlow, Kathryn M. Nesbitt, Andrea S. Jaquins-Gerstl, Micheal, A.C.  (2015) J. Neurochem. 133, 522-531


Restricted diffusion of dopamine in the rat dorsal striatum.” Taylor, I. M., Ilitchev, A. I., Michael, A. C. (2013) ACS Chem Neurosci. 15; 4(5):870-8.


Domain-dependent effects of DAT inhibition in the rat dorsal striatum.Taylor, I. M., Jaquins-Gerstl, A., Sesack, S. R., Michael, A. C. (2012) J. Neurochem. 122, 283-294.                             


A novel restricted diffusion model of evoked dopamine.” Walters, S.H., Taylor, I.M., Shu, Z., Michael, A.C. (2014) ACS Chem Neurosci. 5 (9), 776-783.


Region- and domain-dependent action of nomifensine.” Shu, Z., Taylor, I.M., Walters, S.H., Michael, A.C. (2014) Eur J Neurosci. 40; 2, 2320-2328.


The dopamine patchwork of the rat nucleus accumbens core.” Shu, Z., Taylor, I.M., Michael, A.C. (2013) Eur J Neurosci. 38; 8, 3221-3229.


Email: imt2@pitt.edu