University of Wisconsin–Madison

Neurobiology of Disease

A large part of neuroscience research is based on the premise that scientists may unravel clues to understanding diseases of the nervous system, with hopes that such endeavors may one day lead to treatment and cures. Application of sophisticated techniques from molecular biology and genetics is enabling exciting advances along these paths. Faculty are focusing in a number of strong research areas. Work by several faculty is aimed at understanding the cellular and genomic processes associated with cell death and neuroprotection in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, eye disease, ischemia, and also in the normal aging process. Another active group is involved in the promising area of cell and gene therapy, including embryonic stem cell research, which was pioneered here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other important represented areas include epilepsy and disorders of myelination, such as multiple sclerosis, as well as research on pain mechanisms and cardiac arrhythmia. Research on disorders of emotional and mental health are also well represented on campus, with scientists examining the neural basis of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, schizophrenia, and addictions. Problems are investigated with a wide range of approaches, ranging from cellular and molecular methodologies to whole brain neuroimaging applications such as functional MRI.

Reid Alisch

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

alisch@wisc.edu

(608) 262-8430

Randolph Ashton

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

rashton2@wisc.edu

(608) 316-4312

Craig Atwood

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Health Science Specialist, Geriatrics Research, Education & Clinical Core, VA Hospital; Research Director, Laboratory for Endocrinology, Aging & Disease

csa@medicine.wisc.edu

608-256-1901

Craig S. Atwood

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Health Science Specialist, Geriatrics Research, Education & Clinical Core, VA Hospital; Research Director, Laboratory for Endocrinology, Aging & Disease

csa@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 256-1901

Anjon Audhya

Associate 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

Barbara Bendlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

bbb@medicine.wisc.edu

(608) 265-2483

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

Josh M. Cisler

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

jcisler2@wisc.edu

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

Robert Dempsey

Manucher J. Javid Professor; Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery; Director, Multidisciplinary Stroke Program

dempsey@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

(608) 263-1410

Ian D. Duncan

Professor, Department of Medical Sciences

duncani@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu

(608) 263-9828

Marina Emborg

Associate 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

Zhen Huang

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neuroscience

zhuang3@wisc.edu

(608) 263-2469

Jeffery 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

John S. Kuo

Professor, Depts of Neurological Surgery and Human Oncology; Director, Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program; Chair, Carbone Cancer Center CNS Tumors Group

kuo@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

(608) 262-7303

Leonard A. Levin

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

lalevin@wisc.edu

(608) 265-6546

Peter Lipton

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

plipton@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1709

Albee Messing

Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

messing@waisman.wisc.edu

(608) 263-9191

M. Elizabeth Meyerand

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

memeyerand@wisc.edu

(608) 263-1685

Darcie L. Moore

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

darcie.moore@wisc.edu

(608) 265-7836

Jack B. Nitschke

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

jnitschke@wisc.edu

(608) 262-8600

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

Vivek Prabhakaran

Assistant 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

Patrick H. Roseboom

Senior Scientist, Department of Psychiatry

roseboom@wisc.edu

(608) 262-0504

Subhojit Roy

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Pathology

roy27@wisc.edu

(608) 263-1227

Arnold E. Ruoho

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

aeruoho@wisc.edu

(608) 263-5382

Paul A. Rutecki

Professor and Vice Chairperson, Department of Neurology; Director of VA Northwest Epilepsy Center of Excellence

rutecki@neurology.wisc.edu

(608) 263-5448

Robert D. Sanders

Assitant 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

Thomas P. Sutula

Chair and Professor, Department of Neurology

sutula@neurology.wisc.edu

(608) 263-5448

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

rthorne@pharmacy.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

Daniel J. Uhlrich

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy, UW Graduate School

duhlrich@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1044

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

Umadevi Wesely

Research Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

u.wesley@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

(608) 262-7962

Jill C. Wildonger

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

wildonger@wisc.edu

(608) 890-4619

Jay Yang

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

jyang75@wisc.edu

(608) 265-6710

Jerry C.P. Yin

Professor, Departments of Genetics and Neurology

jcyin@wisc.edu

(608) 262-5014

John-Paul Yu

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

jpyu@uwhealth.org

(608) 265-4792

Su-Chun Zhang

Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology

suchun.zhang@wisc.edu

(608) 265-2543