Neurobiology of Disease

Groups in this research focus work to unravel clues to better understand diseases of the nervous system, with hopes that such endeavors may one day lead to treatment and cures. Applications of sophisticated techniques such as whole brain neuroimaging combined with molecular biology and genetics has enabled exciting advances in this area, making critical steps toward translation. Some specific areas of focus include:

  • cell death and neuroprotection in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • ischemia
  • aging
  • cell and gene therapy, including embryonic stem cell research (pioneered here at the UW-Madison)
  • epilepsy
  • disorders of myelination, such as multiple sclerosis
  • mechanisms of pain
  • cardiac arrhythmia
  • retinal degeneration
  • hereditary spastic paraplegia
  • glioblastoma multiforme
  • neuromuscular diseases
  • disorders of emotional and mental health such as the neural basis of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, and addictions

Andrew Alexander

Faculty Co-Director, Brain Imaging Core, Director of MR Physics Research, Professor of Medical Physics and Psychiatry

alalexander2@wisc.edu

(608) 262-8233

Reid Alisch

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

alisch@wisc.edu

(608) 263-3793

Randolph Ashton

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

rashton2@wisc.edu

(608) 316-4312

Anjon Audhya

Professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

audhya@wisc.edu

(608) 262-3761

Tracy L. Baker

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

bakert@vetmed.wisc.edu

(608) 890-2964

Vaishali P. Bakshi

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

vbakshi@wisc.edu

(608) 265-6062

Matthew I. Banks

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

mibanks@wisc.edu

(608) 261-1143

Barbara Bendlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

bbb@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 265-2483

Craig W. Berridge

Professor, Department of Psychology

berridge@wisc.edu

(608) 265-5938

Anita Bhattacharyya

Assistant Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology

bhattacharyy@waisman.wisc.edu

(608) 265-6142

Corinna Burger

Associate Professor of Neurology

burger@neurology.wisc.edu

(608) 263-0301

Michael Cahill

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

michael.cahill@wisc.edu

Qiang Chang

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

qchang@waisman.wisc.edu

(608) 262-9416

Edwin R. Chapman

HHMI Investigator & Ricardo Miledi Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Quantitative Membrane Biophysics Program

chapman@wisc.edu

(608) 263-1762

Michelle Ciucci

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

ciucci@surgery.wisc.edu

(608) 265-6516

LaTasha K. Crawford

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences

LKCrawford@wisc.edu

(608) 265-2418

Erik W. Dent

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

ewdent@wisc.edu

(608) 265-7884

Marina Emborg

Professor, Medical Physics; Director, Preclinical Parkinson's Research Program

emborg@primate.wisc.edu

(608) 262-9714

Zsuzsanna Fabry

Professor, CMP Graduate Program Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

zfabry@wisc.edu

(608) 265-8716

Ryan Herringa

Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry UW-Madison

herringa@wisc.edu

(608) 263-6068

Mrinalini Hoon

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

mhoon@wisc.edu

(608) 263-8495

Zhen Huang

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neuroscience

z.huang@neurology.wisc.edu

(608) 263-2469

Jeffrey A. Johnson

Professor, Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy

jajohnson@pharmacy.wisc.edu

(608) 262-2893

Sterling C. Johnson

Professor, Department of Medicine

scj@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 262-9549

Mathew V. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

mathewjones@wisc.edu

(608) 263-4394

M. Elizabeth Meyerand

Professor, Departments of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering; Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

memeyerand@wisc.edu

(608) 263-1685

Brendon M Nacewicz

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

bmnacewi@wisc.edu

(608) 262-5233

Ozioma Okonkwo

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

ozioma@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 265-4479

David T. Plante

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

dplante@wisc.edu

(608) 232-3328

Luis Populin

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

lpopulin@wisc.edu

(608) 265-6451

Vivek Prabhakaran

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

vprabhakaran@uwhealth.org

(608) 265-5269

Luigi Puglielli

Professor, Department of Medicine

lp1@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 280-7000

Gail A. Robertson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

garobert@wisc.edu

(608) 265-3339

Avtar S. Roopra

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

asroopra@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6930

Subhojit Roy

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Pathology

roy27@wisc.edu

(608) 263-1227

Jayshree Samanta

Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences

jayshree.samanta@wisc.edu

(608) 262-4686

Robert D. Sanders

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

robert.sanders@wisc.edu

Eric Shusta

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

eshusta@wisc.edu

(608) 265-5103

Masatoshi Suzuki

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

msuzuki@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu

(608) 262-4264

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

michael.taylor@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1939

Robert G. Thorne

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

robert.thorne@wisc.edu

(608) 890-3508

Brittany Travers

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program in the Department of Kinesiology, Waisman Center

btravers@wisc.edu

(608) 263-0282

Tyler Ulland

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

tulland@wisc.edu

608-263-0832

Raghu Vemuganti

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

vemuganti@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

(608) 263-4055

Jyoti J. Watters

Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

jjwatters@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1016

Cody J. Wenthur

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

wenthur@wisc.edu

(608) 265-6743

Cara J Westmark

Assistant Professor of Neurology

westmark@wisc.edu

(608) 262-9730

Jerry C.P. Yin

Professor, Departments of Genetics and Neurology

jcyin@wisc.edu

(608) 262-5014

Xinyu Zhao

Jenni and Kyle Professor, Waisman Center, Department of Neuroscience

xinyu.zhao@wisc.edu

(608) 263-9906