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

Dr. Wisco is the Director of the Laboratory for Translational Anatomy of Degenerative Diseases and Developmental Disorders. In general, the lab is interested in the anatomical validation of innovative neuroimaging and surgical techniques. Specifically, the lab focuses on the histological validation of Alzheimer's disease imaging biomarkers, and of Diffusion Tensor Imaging tractography, both in human and mouse brains. In addition, the lab is part of two multi-institutional collaborations to characterize stellate ganglion innervation of cardiac tissue to inform the effects of stellectomy surgery; and to validate a new surgical procedure to use phrenic nerve roots to restore laryngeal function after recurrent laryngeal nerve denervation.

As part of his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Wisco is interested in anatomical sciences pedagogy, namely the effectiveness of dissection versus prosection in facilitating learning three-dimensional anatomy and acquiring confidence in physical exam skills. Dr. Wisco directs Anatomy Academy, an elementary school outreach and research program that teaches anatomy, physiology and nutrition concepts to 5th grade students as part of their physical education. The program is integrated with language arts to encourage self-reflection on health issues. Anatomy Academy aims to combat the obesity epidemic through educational intervention, and is a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaboration between the disciplines of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, public policy and education.

Dr. Wisco is the Co-Founder of Visual Representation Solutions, LLC.

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

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

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
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Lassetter JH, Macintosh CI, Williams M, Driessnack M, Ray G, Wisco JJ. Psychometric testing of the healthy eating and physical activity self-efficacy questionnaire and the healthy eating and physical activity behavior recall questionnaire for children. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2018 Apr; 23(2):e12207. PMID: 29316195; DOI: 10.1111/jspn.12207;.
  2. Poornejad N, Buckmiller E, Schaumann L, Wang H, Wisco J, Roeder B, Reynolds P, Cook A. Re-epithelialization of whole porcine kidneys with renal epithelial cells. J Tissue Eng. 2017 Jan-Dec; 8:2041731417718809. PMID: 28758007; DOI: 10.1177/2041731417718809;.
  3. Tanner K, Dromey C, Berardi ML, Mattei LM, Pierce JL, Wisco JJ, Hunter EJ, Smith ME. Effects of voice-sparing cricotracheal resection on phonation in women. Laryngoscope. 2017 09; 127(9):2085-2092. PMID: 27882558; DOI: 10.1002/lary.26429;.
  4. Nazaran A, Wisco JJ, Hageman N, Schettler SP, Wong A, Vinters HV, Teng CC, Bangerter NK. Methodology for computing white matter nerve fiber orientation in human histological slices. J Neurosci Methods. 2016 Mar 01; 261:75-84. PMID: 26709015; DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.11.023;.
  5. Mason NL, Christiansen M, Wisco JJ. 3D reconstruction and heat map of porcine recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy: branching and spatial location. Ital J Anat Embryol. 2015; 120(3):184-91. PMID: 27086418.
  6. Harvey JA, Call Z, Peterson K, Wisco JJ. Weave pattern of accessory heads to the anterior digastric muscle. Surg Radiol Anat. 2015 Oct; 37(8):1001-4. PMID: 25501489; DOI: 10.1007/s00276-014-1401-8;.
  7. Stark ME, Safir I, Wisco JJ. Probabilistic mapping of the cervical sympathetic trunk ganglia. Auton Neurosci. 2014 Apr; 181:79-84. PMID: 24495413; DOI: 10.1016/j.autneu.2014.01.007;.
  8. Chang Y, Cantelmi D, Wisco JJ, Fattah A, Hannam AG, Agur AM. Evidence for the functional compartmentalization of the temporalis muscle: a 3-dimensional study of innervation. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Jul; 71(7):1170-7. PMID: 23806734; DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2013.04.005;.
  9. Ajijola OA, Wisco JJ, Lambert HW, Mahajan A, Stark E, Fishbein MC, Shivkumar K. Extracardiac neural remodeling in humans with cardiomyopathy. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2012 Oct; 5(5):1010-116. PMID: 22923270; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCEP.112.972836;.
  10. Kuvhenguhwa M, Kotter H, Wisco JJ. Congenital bilateral absence of the flexor digitorum longus muscle. Clin Anat. 2012 Nov; 25(8):963-5. PMID: 22275173; DOI: 10.1002/ca.22031;.
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