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

(608) 262-8233

Reid Alisch

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

(608) 263-3793

Randolph Ashton

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(608) 316-4312

Anjon Audhya

Professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

(608) 262-3761

Tracy L. Baker

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 890-2964

Vaishali P. Bakshi

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

(608) 265-6062

Matthew I. Banks

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 261-1143

Barbara Bendlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 265-2483

Craig W. Berridge

Professor, Department of Psychology

(608) 265-5938

Anita Bhattacharyya

Assistant Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology

(608) 265-6142

Corinna Burger

Associate Professor of Neurology

(608) 263-0301

Michael Cahill

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

Qiang Chang

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

(608) 262-9416

Edwin R. Chapman

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

(608) 263-1762

Michelle Ciucci

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

(608) 265-6516

LaTasha K. Crawford

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences

(608) 265-2418

Doug Dean III

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

(608) 262-6706

Erik W. Dent

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7884

Marina Emborg

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

(608) 262-9714

Zsuzsanna Fabry

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

(608) 265-8716

Ryan Herringa

Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry UW-Madison

(608) 263-6068

Mrinalini Hoon

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

(608) 263-8495

Zhen Huang

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Neuroscience

(608) 263-2469

Meyer B. Jackson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-9111

Jeffrey A. Johnson

Professor, Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy

(608) 262-2893

Sterling C. Johnson

Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 262-9549

Mathew V. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-4394

Colleen M McDowell

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

(608) 265-3996

M. Elizabeth Meyerand

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

(608) 263-1685

Brendon M Nacewicz

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

(608) 262-5233

Ozioma Okonkwo

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 265-4479

David T. Plante

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

(608) 232-3328

Luis Populin

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-6451

Vivek Prabhakaran

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

(608) 265-5269

Luigi Puglielli

Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 280-7000

Gail A. Robertson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-3339

Avtar S. Roopra

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-6930

Jayshree Samanta

Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-4686

Robert D. Sanders

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Eric Shusta

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

(608) 265-5103

Masatoshi Suzuki

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-4264

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

(608) 262-1939

Brittany Travers

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

(608) 263-0282

Tyler Ulland

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Raghu Vemuganti

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

(608) 263-4055

Jyoti J. Watters

Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-1016

Cody J. Wenthur

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

(608) 265-6743

Cara J Westmark

Assistant Professor of Neurology

(608) 262-9730

Jerry C.P. Yin

Professor, Departments of Genetics and Neurology

(608) 262-5014

Xinyu Zhao

Jenni and Kyle Professor, Waisman Center, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-9906