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

(608) 262-8430

Randolph Ashton

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(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


Anjon Audhya

Associate 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

Barbara Bendlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 265-2483

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

Josh M. Cisler

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Michelle Ciucci

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

(608) 265-6516

Robert Dempsey

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

(608) 263-1410

Ian D. Duncan

Professor, Department of Medical Sciences

(608) 263-9828

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

Jeffrey A. Johnson

Professor, Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy

(608) 262-2893

Sterling C. Johnson

Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 262-9549

Peter Lipton

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-1709

Albee Messing

Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 263-9191

M. Elizabeth Meyerand

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

(608) 263-1685

Darcie L. Moore

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7836

Jack B. Nitschke

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

(608) 262-8600

Ozioma Okonkwo

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

(608) 265-4479

David T. Plante

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

(608) 232-3328

Vivek Prabhakaran

Assistant 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

Patrick H. Roseboom

Senior Scientist, Department of Psychiatry

(608) 262-0504

Subhojit Roy

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Pathology

(608) 263-1227

Arnold E. Ruoho

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-5382

Paul A. Rutecki

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

(608) 263-5448

Robert D. Sanders

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Eric Shusta

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

(608) 265-5103

Raunak Sinha

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7836

Masatoshi Suzuki

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-4264

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

(608) 262-1939

Robert G. Thorne

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

(608) 890-3508

Brittany Travers

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

(608) 263-0282

Daniel J. Uhlrich

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

(608) 262-1044

Raghu Vemuganti

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

(608) 263-4055

Jyoti J. Watters

Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences

(608) 262-1016

Umadevi Wesely

Research Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

(608) 262-7962

Cara J Westmark

Assistant Professor of Neurology

(608) 262-9730

Jill C. Wildonger

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

(608) 890-4619

Jay Yang

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 265-6710

Jerry C.P. Yin

Professor, Departments of Genetics and Neurology

(608) 262-5014

John-Paul Yu

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(608) 265-4792

Su-Chun Zhang

Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology

(608) 265-2543