Jonathan J. Wisco, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, Boston University School of Medicine

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 Boston University 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)

Imaging and influence of glottic and subglottic anatomy in healthy and stenotic patients
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Brigham Young University NIH NIDCD

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


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  1. Lee A, Wisco JJ, Shehan JN, Basa K, Spiegel JH. An Anatomic Study to Investigate the Ligamentous Anatomy of the Laryngeal Complex After Chondrolaryngoplasty (Tracheal Shave). Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2022 Apr 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35486855
  2. Mori JO, Shafran JS, Stojanova M, Katz MH, Gignac GA, Wisco JJ, Heaphy CM, Denis GV. Novel forms of prostate cancer chemoresistance to successful androgen deprivation therapy demand new approaches: Rationale for targeting BET proteins. Prostate. 2022 Jun; 82(10):1005-1015.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35403746
  3. Lin DC, Bunch B, De Souza RZD, Chen D, Zhou J, Zumwalt AC, Wisco JJ. Effectiveness of Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Medical Gross Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Med Sci Educ. 2022 Apr; 32(2):411-422.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35228893; PMCID: PMC8866923; DOI: 10.1007/s40670-022-01524-x;
  4. Lee A, Wisco JJ, Shehan JN, Basa K, Spiegel JH. Dysphagia After Gender Affirming Chondrolaryngoplasty (Tracheal Shave): A Survey Study. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2021 Nov 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34756110
  5. Sedlmayr JC, Bates KT, Wisco JJ, Schachner ER. Revision of hip flexor anatomy and function in modern humans, and implications for the evolution of hominin bipedalism. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2022 May; 305(5):1147-1167. PMID: 34569157
  6. Lin DC, De Souza RZD, Fefferman A, Baribeau V, Bunch B, Zumwalt AC, Wisco JJ. Unusual bilateral variation of the flexor digitorum accessorius longus muscle and its relation on tarsal tunnel syndrome. Surg Radiol Anat. 2021 Dec; 43(12):2083-2086.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34559293
  7. Szarpak L, Wisco J, Boyer R. How healthcare must respond to ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 10; 48:361-362. PMID: 33653643; PMCID: PMC8501000; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.01.074;
  8. Taylor EN, Huang N, Wisco J, Wang Y, Morgan KG, Hamilton JA. The brains of aged mice are characterized by altered tissue diffusion properties and cerebral microbleeds. J Transl Med. 2020 07 08; 18(1):277.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32641073; PMCID: PMC7346388; DOI: 10.1186/s12967-020-02441-6;
  9. Diaz MM, Ojukwu K, Padilla J, Steed K, Schmalz N, Tullis A, Mageno A, McCleve J, White E, Stark ME, Morton DA, Seastrand G, Ray G, Lassetter J, Wilson-Ashworth HA, Wisco JJ. Who is the Teacher and Who is the Student? The Dual Service- and Engaged-Learning Pedagogical Model of Anatomy Academy. J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2019 Jan-Dec; 6:2382120519883271. PMID: 31673628; PMCID: PMC6806115; DOI: 10.1177/2382120519883271;
  10. Brown JA, Wisco JJ. The components of the adolescent brain and its unique sensitivity to sexually explicit material. J Adolesc. 2019 04; 72:10-13. PMID: 30754014
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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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