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2020 News & Events

  • Robert Fettiplace

    Fettiplace Named Recipient of the 2020 Horwitz Prize

    Columbia University will award the 2020 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to three scientists, including our very own Dr. Robert Fettiplace. Fettiplace, along with Dr. A James Hudspeth (HHMI/Rockefeller University) and Dr. Christine Petit (Collège de …

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    Postdoc and Graduate Student Awards Recognition

    2020 may be a year of new challenges and virtual study, but it is also a year of achievement. We wish to acknowledge the successes of the following members of the department: Margaret Jameson, graduate …

  • Gail Robertson - Photo credit: Bobbie Harte, 2019.

    Robertson Named President of the Biophysical Society

    Congratulations to our own Gail Robertson! The Biophysical Society members elected Gail Robertson, University of Wisconsin – Madison, to the office of President-Elect in this year’s elections. She will assume that office during the Biophysical …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao Receives Research Core Revitalization Program Funding for Rodent Behavioral Testing Service

    The Waisman Center Rodent Behavioral Testing Service (BTS) is the only rodent behavioral testing core on UW-Madison campus. The overarching goal of the BTS is to provide a set of tools to UW-Madison investigators for …

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Named 2020 Vallee Scholar

    Dr. Darcie Moore has been named one of six 2020 Vallee Scholars from the Vallee Foundation for her research on regulation and movement of proteins during the earliest steps of Adult neurogenesis, when neural stem cells …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Gao & Zhao Published in Cell Reports

    Research has shown voluntary running is an activity most commonly associated with the reversal of negative impacts of aging and neurodegeneration, but little is understood about why that is. A new study led by Waisman …

  • Keegan Schoeller

    Schoeller Receives Undergraduate Student Award

    Keegan Schoeller (UW Biology senior, Zhao Lab) was awarded the prestigious Waisman Center Intellectual Development and Disability Research 2020 Undergraduate Student Award. Congratulations, Keegan!

  • Morrow and Porter of the Moore Lab Named Winners of Cool Science Image Contest 2020

    Congratulations to Neuroscience graduate students Chris Morrow and Tiaira Porter of the Moore lab! Their project, a video capturing the movement of neural stem cells switching from dormancy to activity, was one of twelve projects …

  • Remembering Dr. Donata Oertel

    We are saddened to share that Donata Oertel, PhD, Mary Herman and Lucien Rubinstein Distinguished Chair of Neuroscience, passed away on April 22, 2020. She was a member of the faculty for more than 38 years, …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Lab Research Featured as Lead Article on HHMI Homepage

    Neuroscience Professor and HHMI Investigator Ed Chapman and MD/PhD student Mazdak Bradberry were recently highlighted on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website for their investigation of Syt1-associated neurodevelopmental disorder – a rare condition that can …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao and Colleagues Published in Genome Research

    Xinyu Zhao, PhD, and Waisman Center colleagues Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD, and research associate Meng Li, published their paper “Identification of FMR1-regulated molecular networks in human neurodevelopment” in the March issue of the journal Genome Research. …

  • Shen Receives 2nd Year Renewal of FRAXA Fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr. Minjie Shen, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Xinyu Zhao, who received a second year renewal of a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship from Fragile X Research Foundation (FRAXA). Fragile X is …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Published, Yet Again, in Nature Communications

    Dr. Ed Chapman and colleagues in the Chapman Lab were once again published in Nature Communications. Their new paper, Resolving kinetic intermediates during the regulated assembly and disassembly of fusion pores, discusses findings on key …

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Published in Cell Stem Cell

    Department of Neuroscience scientists headed by Assistant Professor Dr. Darcie Moore were recently published in the journal Cell Stem Cell. The study, Vimentin Coordinates Protein Turnover at the Aggresome during Neural Stem Cell Quiescence Exit, …

  • Tom Yin

    Emeritus Professor Tom C.T. Yin to Receive Award of Merit

    The Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Awards Committee has chosen our very own Dr. Tom C.T. Yin to be next year’s recipient of the Award of Merit. The Association for Research in Otolaryngology is …

  • Raunak Sinha

    Sinha Named McPherson ERI’s David and Nancy Walsh Family Professor in Vision Research

    Dr. Raunak Sinha has been named McPherson Eye Research Institute’s David and Nancy Walsh Family Professor in Vision Research for a two-year term. This Professorship provides funding in support of his cutting-edge work on the …

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    Roopra to be Awarded Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award

    Dr. Avtar Roopra will be granted one of the Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence. Congratulations, Avtar!

  • Vevea to Receive 2nd Annual Warren Alpert Foundation Distinguished Scholars Fellowship

    Jason Vevea, a postdoc in Dr. Ed Chapman’s lab, has been selected as one of 5 awardees of the 2nd annual Warren Alpert Foundation Distinguished Scholars Fellowship. The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars is a program …

  • Ari Rosenberg

    Rosenberg Selected for Vilas Associates Award

    Dr. Ari Rosenberg has been selected for a Vilas Associates Award. Congratulations, Ari! The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and on-going research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional …

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  • Aerial photo of group at Holiday Party 2019

    2019 Holiday Party and Dr. Kalil’s Retirement

    The Department of Neuroscience wrapped up a fantastic year on December 12th by celebrating our departmental accomplishments, as well as wishing Dr. Kate Kalil the best in her retirement. Thank you to all who attended! …

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Profiled as Rising Star in Neuroscience by The Scientist

    Assistant Professor Dr. Darcie Moore was recently published in the eBook, “Rising Stars in Neuroscience: Profiles of eight up-and-coming scientists looking to push boundaries and tread new paths in neuroscience research,” by The Scientist.  Dr. …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Published Again in Nature Communications

    Ed Chapman and colleagues were recently published in Nature Communications for their work on message transfer regulation between mammal neurons. Specifically, Chapman describes a key component of the system — the “clamp” — that prevents …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Published in Nature Communications

    Ed Chapman, professor of Neuroscience and HHMI investigator, and colleagues recently published in Nature Communications, Vol. 10, Article number: 3532 (2019), their work on synaptotagmin 17 (syt-17). Synaptotagmins (syt) are generally thought to regulate exocytosis …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao Receives FRAXA Research Grant

    FRAXA Research Foundation has awarded a $90,000 research grant to principal investigator Dr. Xinyu Zhao and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Minjie Shen at the University of Wisconsin. They are investigating whether drugs that boost mitochondria could …

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  • Robert Fettiplace

    Fettiplace Awarded the 2019 Passano Prize

    Dr. Robert Fettiplace has been awarded the 2019 Passano Prize. Since 1945 the Passano Foundation has annually given an award for “endeavors with clinical applications” through Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Medical …

  • Gail Robertson

    Gail Robertson to Receive 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award

    Dr. Gail A. Robertson will receive the 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award from the Biophysical Society. The selection committee writes that “Gail embodies the spirit and intent of the Cole Award, and is recognized for …

  • Donata Oertel

    Donata Oertel Elected as AAAS Fellow

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected Dr. Donata Oertel from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an AAAS Fellow. Dr. Oertel, Neuroscience Professor and Mary Herman and Lucien Rubinstein Distinguished Chair of …

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

    Darcie Moore is the recipient of an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for High-Risk, High-Reward Research. Her project is titled “The Mechanisms and Functional Role of the Asymmetric Segregation of Cellular Cargoes in Stem Cells.” …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Wins Pew Innovation Fund Award

    The Pew Charitable Trust announced that Dr. Ed Chapman, Professor of Neuroscience in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is one of a dozen leading “Innovation Fund” researchers who will collaborate …

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