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 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)


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

Classes Taught

  • GMSPS700


  • Published on 2/19/2024

    Schroter SM, Kolus R, Wisco JJ. Incorporating engineering educational methods into medical education. Med Teach. 2024 Feb 19; 1-3. PMID: 38373204.

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  • Published on 12/14/2023

    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. PMID: 38510391.

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  • Published on 9/6/2023

    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). PMID: 37675205.

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  • Published on 7/11/2023

    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. PMID: 37431723.

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  • Published on 5/27/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 5/16/2023

    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. PMID: 37231876.

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  • Published on 5/9/2023

    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. PMID: 37014284.

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  • Published on 4/26/2023

    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. PMID: 37060250.

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  • Published on 2/28/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    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.

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