Jonathan J Wisco, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Jonathan Wisco
72 E. Concord Street


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 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)


  • Published on 1/5/2018

    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.

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  • Published on 7/3/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 11/24/2016

    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.

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  • Published on 12/17/2015

    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.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    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.

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  • Published on 12/14/2014

    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.

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  • Published on 1/24/2014

    Stark ME, Safir I, Wisco JJ. Probabilistic mapping of the cervical sympathetic trunk ganglia. Auton Neurosci. 2014 Apr; 181:79-84. PMID: 24495413.

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  • Published on 7/1/2013

    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.

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  • Published on 8/23/2012

    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.

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  • Published on 1/24/2012

    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.

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