University of Wisconsin–Madison

Department News

February 2018

1/2018 Nature PictureResearch findings from the Chapman Lab in collaboration with the Chanda lab are featured in the January 31, 2018 issue of Nature

Huan Bao, Debasis Das, Nicholas A. Courtney, Yihao Jiang, Joseph S. Briguglio, Xiaochu Lou, Baron Chanda and Edwin R. Chapman are the contributing authors from the Department of Neuroscience. Congratulations!

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January 2018

January 10 2018 JNeurosci Cover

Sayantanee Biswas and Kate Kalil illustrate the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience

The cover of the January 10, 2018 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience is the work of Sayantanee Biswas and Katherine Kalil.  The description of that figure is as follows:

“This image acquired with super resolution STED microscopy shows a fixed cortical axonal growth cone stained for F-actin (magenta) in the growth cone periphery and microtubules (cyan) in the center. The entry of single microtubules into filopodia and extension along actin filament bundles is regulated by the microtubule associated protein tau. For more information see the article by Biswas and Kalil (pages 291–307).”


December 2017

Cynthia Czajkowski

Cynthia Czajkowski, Neuroscience professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health, has been named UW–Madison’s interim associate vice chancellor for research in the biological sciences. Czajkowski will fill in for oncology Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Biological Sciences Norman Drinkwater, who will become interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education beginning Jan. 1.

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Su-Chun Zhang - ALS feature

In his UW-Madison lab, Su-Chun Zhang discovered a likely cause of ALS, the deadly neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after turning skin cells from ALS patients into stem cells. The research is one of many ways scientists in Madison and around the world are making use of a groundbreaking development announced 10 years ago this week: induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells.

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Holiday Party Photos


October 2017

Roopra Lab graduate student, Nadia Khan, receives NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award.

Nadia Khan, a Predoctoral fellow and member of the Roopra Lab, has been awarded the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. This award supports a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.




Chantell EvansFormer Chapman Lab graduate student, Chantell Evans, named Hanna Grey Fellow

Chantell Evans, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and former member of the Chapman Lab, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as one of 15 early-career scientists in its first year of HHMI Hanna Grey Fellows.

Penn Medicine Physiology Postdoctoral Researcher Named Hanna Gray Fellow

Penn scientist to study why brain cells can’t get rid of ‘trash’

Early-career researchers get a $1.4 million boost




August 2017

Raunak SinhaRaunak Sinha to join faculty

Raunak Sinha has accepted our offer to join the Departments of Neuroscience and of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as Assistant Professor.  We all look forward to welcoming him in Madison in April 2018.






January 2017

Xinyu ZhaoResearch findings from the lab of Xinyu Zhao, Professor of Neuroscience, are featured in a recent article from Waisman Communications.

The article, titled “Am I a stem cell? How do I know?” describes recent research in the lab that shows how a gene called MBD1 plays an important role in maintaining the identity of neural stem cells and regulating the stem-cell-to-nerve-cell pipeline in the brain.

According to Zhao, it is critical that stem cells maintain their identity if they are to retain their ability to develop into specialized cells. “This is the first time someone has shown that MBD1 plays a pivotal role in maintaining the ‘stemness’ of neural stem cells,” she says.

For more information, please see the complete article




January 2017

Ed ChapmanResearch findings from the lab of Ed Chapman, Professor of Neuroscience, are part of the cover story on Botox in the January 16 2017 issue of TIME magazine.

Chapman, and graduate student Ewa Bomba-Warczak are quoted in the article about their work showing how Botox might affect the central nervous system and not just the area where it is injected.

Congratulations, Ed and Ewa!

Read the TIME article.