Jonathan J. Wisco, PhD Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
BS, University of Washington

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Wisco joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2018. His research encompasses three primary themes: 1) improving diagnostic and prognostic technologies for Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, autism and schizophrenia using MRI techniques that visualize iron pathophysiology in the brain; 2) understanding the anatomical etiology for dysphonia disorders and synovial joint injuries; 3) examining the impact and role of service-learning through Anatomy Academy on the development of life-long learning skills at the undergraduate pre-professional, and graduate professional education levels.

Dr. Wisco earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2004, and Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (BUSM) in 2003. He completed postdoctoral work in Radiology at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA in 2006. He was an Assistant and an Associate Professor of Integrative Anatomy at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) until 2012. Most recently, Dr. Wisco returned to BUSM from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Translational Anatomy of Degenerative Diseases and Developmental Disorders, College of Life Sciences, Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology, and Neuroscience Center. He was also Associate Director of the BYU MRI Research Facility. Dr. Wisco also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Wisco is the Co-Founder of Better Learning Experiences, a non-profit organization that provides faculty development for improving teaching and learning techniques. He is also Co-Founder of Visual Representation Solutions, LLC, a company that helps clients produce impactful media for their teaching and communication needs.

Specialties: Neuroanatomical research and teaching (lecturing, laboratory organization and administration, Problem Based Learning group facilitator)

Research collaboration (principal investigator, collaborator, student and staff supervisor)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (and Justice) starts with an understanding of myself. Thus, my DEIA narrative is a living document since I am constantly learning best practices for how I can honor diversity, fight for equity, provide an inclusive teaching and learning space, and to increase accessibility – not just in the classroom, but also within my spheres of influence. Realizing that bias is a human trait that constantly, and gently, needs to be acknowledged and addressed is a first step to ensure that all people can be honored in their diversity and recognized equally. Admitting that systemic bias exists and has led to injustices that need to be corrected is a first step toward establishing equity. Understanding that all people have unique identities and are connected through intersectionality is a first step toward inclusivity. Recognizing that socioeconomic barriers exist that limit equal opportunities to education, health care, housing and food (to name a few) for people from different demographics is a first step toward working together as a community to improve accessibility. At the heart of advocation is developing my own humility, empathy, and a desire for equality for all human beings.

Building self-directed dyadic learning experiences through preclinical ultrasound education
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Lindsey Claus
International Association of Medical Science Educators

An Ultrasound Simulator App for the Smartphone
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2023 (PI)
International Association of Medical Science Educators

Imaging and influence of glottic and subglottic anatomy in healthy and stenotic patients
09/01/2018 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Brigham Young University NIH NIDCD


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  1. Schroter SM, Kolus R, Wisco JJ. Incorporating engineering educational methods into medical education. Med Teach. 2024 Feb 19; 1-3. PMID: 38373204
  2. Wisco JJ, Moussavi M, White SE. A Near-Peer Interprofessional Educational Fellowship Program for Training Pre-Clinical Medical Students in the Best Practices of Teaching and Learning. Med Sci Educ. 2024 Feb; 34(1):181-191.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38510391; PMCID: PMC10948728; DOI: 10.1007/s40670-023-01936-3;
  3. Tannoury T, Saade A, Thomas DC, Wisco J, Ajmi Q, Singh V, AbdalKader M, Tannoury C. The "V" Sign: A Reliable Anatomic and Radiographic Landmark for Posterior Percutaneous S1 Screw Placement. JB JS Open Access. 2023; 8(3).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37675205; PMCID: PMC10476810; DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.22.00079;
  4. Siegel N, Lee C, Oddo B, Robinson A, Xia L, Grimes J, Wisco JJ. A novel scale for the evaluation of physician drawn medical illustrations. J Vis Commun Med. 2023 Jul; 46(3):116-121.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37431723
  5. Filimonov AK, Gates AR, Allos AN, Billings HJ, Goldina A, Wisco JJ. A Call to Action for Improving LGBTQIA2S+?Inclusive Policies and Practices in Educating Science and Medical Professionals. Med Sci Educ. 2023 Jun; 33(3):767-772. PMID: 37501802; PMCID: PMC10368593; DOI: 10.1007/s40670-023-01797-w;
  6. Harris ML, Bennion E, Magnusson KR, Howard VJ, Wadley VG, McClure LA, Levine DA, Manly JJ, Avila JF, Glymour MM, Wisco JJ, Thacker EL. Rural versus Urban Residence in Adulthood and Incident Cognitive Impairment. Neuroepidemiology. 2023; 57(4):218-228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37231876
  7. Organ JM, Smith HF, Trainor PA, Allen K, Balta JY, Beresheim AC, Brewer-Deluce D, Brown KM, Burrows AM, Byers KT, Byram JN, Cale AS, Carroll MA, Champney T, Cornwall J, Dayal MR, DeLeon VB, Dunnwald M, Ferrigno C, Finn GM, Fox GM, Geller PL, Guttmann GD, Harper N, Harrell KM, Hartstone-Rose A, Hildebrandt S, Hortsch M, Jackson J, Johnson LE, Lohman Bonfiglio CM, McCumber TL, Menegaz RA, Mussell JC, O'Loughlin VD, Otobo TM, Oyedele O, Pascoe MA, Person D, Reidenberg JS, Robinson RE, Rogers KA, Ros MA, Ross CF, Sanders KA, Schmitt B, Schoenwolf GC, Smith TC, Smith TD, Sumner DR, Taylor AB, Taylor MJ, Teaford MF, Topp KS, Willmore KE, Wisco JJ, Yang J, Zumwalt AC. Personal autonomy and self-determination are crucial for professionalism in healthcare. Anat Sci Educ. 2023; 16(4):571-573.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37014284
  8. Lai ER, Rukavina NA, Wisco JJ, Zumwalt AC. Comparing the emotional experiences of students in similar dissection- and prosection-based medical gross anatomy courses: A mixed-methods study. Anat Sci Educ. 2023; 16(5):926-942.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37060250
  9. Black E, Rasch A, Wimmer T, Li A, Araujo A, Cieslak S, Steed KS, Adhikari RD, Wisco JJ, Hutchinson BA. The effects of age, genotype and diet on hippocampal subfield iron dysregulation and Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in an ApoE mouse model. Eur J Neurosci. 2023 Mar; 57(6):1033-1047. PMID: 36775930
  10. Kania B, Sotelo A, Ty D, Wisco JJ. The Prevention of Inflammation and the Maintenance of Iron and Hepcidin Homeostasis in the Gut, Liver, and Brain Pathologies. J Alzheimers Dis. 2023; 92(3):769-789. PMID: 36846996; PMCID: PMC10116142; DOI: 10.3233/JAD-220224;
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2013 American Association of Anatomists: Basmajian Award for excellence in Anatomy Research and Education
2013 Brigham Young University Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society: Golden Key Honorary Member
2012 International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE): Best Abstract
2011 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: American Medical Student Association (AMSA) UCLA chapter, Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
2011 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Great Ideas for Teaching, Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA)
2011 International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE): Best e-Demo Presentation
2011 International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE): Best Poster Presentation Finalist
2009 The Western Neuroradiological Society (WNRS): Gabriel H. Wilson Award for Best Paper
2008 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: American Medical Student Association (AMSA) UCLA chapter, Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
2007-2012 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: PBL Tutor of Excellence
2002 Boston University School of Medicine: Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 1st Prize Award
2001 Boston University School of Medicine: Excellence in Teaching Dental Gross Anatomy

Dr. Wisco really enjoys helping faculty and students improve their teaching and learning practices toward being life-long learners and partners in the learning process. Dr. Wisco is a faculty development mentor for the International Association of Medical Sciences Educators (IAMSE), and a student mentor for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the American Association for Anatomy.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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