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2023 News and Events

  • Miller Wins Walsh Research Travel Award for 2023

    Dr. Andrew Miller, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Raunak Sinha’s lab, will attend the 2023 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington, D.C., thanks to the David G. Walsh Research Fellowship Fund. This award provides support …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao Lab Finds that Fragile X Syndrome Begins Before Birth

    Dr. Xinyu Zhao, Professor of Neuroscience, and four postdoctoral fellows in her lab – Minjie Shen, Carissa Sirois, Yu (Kristy) Guo, and Meng Li – have found that FMRP, a protein deficient in individuals with …

  • Hoth Wins at the UW Cardiovascular Research Summit

    Annabelle Hoth, an undergraduate mentored by Dr. Lisandra Flores-Aldama in the Robertson lab, won First Prize for Undergraduate Poster Presentation at the 2023 UW Cardiovascular Research Summit! Congratulations, Annabelle!

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

    Robertson Lab Published in PNAS

    Congratulations to Margaret B. Jameson, Erick B. Ríos-Pérez, Fang Liu, Catherine A. Eichel, and Gail A. Robertson on a successful publication to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer reviewed journal …

  • Dr. Andre MM Sousa Headshot

    Sousa Receives 2023 Krieg Cortical Kudos Explorer Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Andre Sousa for winning the 2023 Krieg Cortical Kudos Explorer Award. The award is presented by the Cajal Club, in recognition of Dr. Sousa’s “outstanding contribution to our understanding of human brain …

  • Flores-Aldama Receives MOSAIC K99/R00 Award

      Dr. Lisandra Flores-Aldama is the recent recipient of a MOSAIC K99/R00 award from NHLBI that will support her postdoc in the Robertson lab and transition to her first faculty position in the future. Congratulations, …

  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Quinlan

    Quinlan Joins the Department as New Chair

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Reappointed As Ricardo Meledi Prof. of Neuroscience

    Congratulations to Dr. Edwin Chapman for his five-year reappointment as the Ricardo Miledi Professor of Neuroscience. This endowed professorship is administered through the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

  • Xinyu Zhao

    New Paper for Zhao Lab

    The lab of Dr. Xinyu Zhao has put out a new paper in Nature Communications, titled “Elevated levels of FMRP-target MAP1B impair human and mouse neuronal development and mouse social behaviors via autophagy pathway.” Guo, …

  • Xin Huang

    X. Huang Receives Research Forward Grant

    Dr. Xin Huang (Dept. of Neuroscience) has been selected to receive a Research Forward Grant for a project titled “Record the Activity of Genetically Identified Neurons Using Calcium Imaging.” This is a collaborative effort among …

  • Dr. Andre MM Sousa Headshot

    Sousa to Receive Brain Research Foundation Grant

    Congratulations to Dr. Andre Sousa (Dept. of Neuroscience & Waisman Center) for being selected as a recipient of a seed grant from the Brain Research Foundation (BRF). Founded in 1981, BRF’s Seed Grant Program provides …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao Receives 2023 Kellett Mid-Career Award

    Dr. Xinyu Zhao (Dept. of Neuroscience & the Waisman Center) was selected to receive a Kellett Mid-Career Award. This prestigious award is named in honor of William R. Kellett, a WARF Trustee and President of …

  • Chapman featured in magazine, text says "A Lot of Nerve"

    Ed Chapman featured in SMPH Quarterly Magazine

    Dr. Ed Chapman was recently featured in an article by David Tenenbaum in the SMPH Quarterly magazine, Volume 25 No. 1. The article focuses on Chapman’s work with neurotransmitters, his Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) …

  • Daniel Uhlrich

    Uhlrich Wins 2023 Dean’s Teaching Award

    Dr. Dan Uhlrich has been awarded the 2023 Dean’s Teaching Award, which will be presented at the Medical Education Day program on June 1st, 2023. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in medical education.  Each …

  • Jackson Awarded Distinguished Honors Faculty Award

    Dr. Meyer Jackson was recently chosen as one of the 2023 Distinguished Honors Faculty Award recipients. Congratulations, Meyer! Each year, the L&S Honors Program solicits student nominations of faculty members whom Honors students have valued …

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  • The Neuron Project Light Display

    Ben Meltzer Joins Neuroscience Administration

    The Department of Neuroscience would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest administrator, Ben Meltzer. Ben will be our new Grants Manager for pre- and post-award following Sue Krey’s upcoming retirement. Welcome, Ben!

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao and Sousa Awarded SFARI Grant

    The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has selected the project of Drs. Xinyu Zhao (Neuroscience), Qiang Chang (Medical Genetics and Neurology), Daifeng Wang (Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Computer Sciences), and Andre Sousa (Neuroscience) as …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman receives HHMI Renewal

    Dr. Edwin Chapman, Professor of Neuroscience, received notice that his appointment as a Howard Hughes Investigator has been renewed for a seven-year term. Chapman received an “A” score. Please join us in congratulating him on …

  • Tom Yin

    Tom Yin Honored At WMAA Awards Banquet

    Emeritus Tom C.T. Yin received a Basic Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award category at the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association banquet. This award is given to a basic scientist who demonstrates long and effective service to the …

  • Ari Rosenberg

    Rosenberg Lab’s Lillian Li Receives McPherson ERI-Sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate Award

    Congratulations to Lillian Li from Dr. Ari Rosenberg‘s lab in the Department of Neuroscience! Lillian was awarded the 2022 McPherson Eye Research Institute-Sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate Award for her proposal, “Biologically Inspired Convolutional Neural Networks for …

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  • Cover of eLife Article

    Chapman and Vevea Published in eLife

    Dr. Jason Vevea and Dr. Ed Chapman, along with collaborators, were recently published in eLife on their work with Synaptotagmin 7 (SYT7). This paper, titled “Synaptotagmin 7 is targeted to the axonal plasma membrane through …

  • Jackson Awarded 2022 Sir Bernard Katz Award

    Dr. Meyer Jackson has been chosen as the 2022 Sir Bernard Katz Award for excellence in research on exocytosis and endocytosis! Meyer Jackson, Professor in the Neuroscience department at UW-Madison, has been chosen as the …

  • Robert Fettiplace

    Fettiplace Interviewed by WORT

    Our very own Dr. Robert Fettiplace was recently interviewed by the radio station WORT (89.9 FM). Joined by host Patrick Sajbel, Dr. Fettiplace discussed the science of the innermost working of ears and how they …

  • Tim Gomez

    Gomez Published in Nature Communications

    Dr. Timothy Gomez and colleagues recently had an article, “RHOA signaling defects result in impaired axon guidance in iPSC-derived neurons from patients with tuberous sclerosis complex,” published in Nature Communications. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is …

  • Carissa Sirois

    Sirois Receives 2021 SCRMC Training Award

    Carissa Sirois, postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Xinyu Zhao, has been awarded a postdoctoral training award from the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC). The SCRMC Research Training Awards were established in …

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