The College of Life Sciences

Wisco, Jonathan

Physiology & Developmental Biology

Email: 4nn{mwgsDf}y2ihy  (Email Form)

357  WIDB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-2402

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 Biography
Jonathan J. Wisco, Ph.D. grew up in Gresham, OR. After graduating from Gresham High School, he attended the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in Biology. He taught high school biology and journalism for two years, then entered graduate school in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. During graduate school, Dr. Wisco joined the Church and met his wife, Monica. They were married in 1998. Dr. Wisco graduated with a Ph.D. in 2003, trained in Neuroanatomy, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neuropharmacology and Cell Biology. His thesis focused on the relationship of brain structure volume changes and cognitive performance in normal aging using the rhesus monkey animal model. He entered a postdoctoral fellowship in Radiology at the Athinioula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard/MIT, where he investigated brain structure changes in schizophrenia patients and started research on the anatomical validation of Diffusion Tensor Imaging. During this time, his first daughter, Madison was born. After completing his fellowship in 2006, Dr. Wisco and his family moved to Los Angeles, CA where he accepted an Assistant Professor position at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. While there, his daughter Alia and son, Jackson were born. In 2012, Dr. Wisco and his family decided to accept an Associate Professor position in the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology here at BYU. They live in Pleasant Grove, UT. Dr. Wisco's research focuses on the anatomical validation of innovative neuroimaging and surgical techniques, specifically related to Alzheimer's disease imaging biomarkers and head and neck surgeries, respectively. His teaching scholarship focuses on anatomical sciences pedagogy. He also 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. Dr. Wisco and his wife have served in various leadership capacities in the Church and are excited to be here at BYU.
 Teaching Interests
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.

For a list of education scholarship and grant awards, please refer to CV.
 Research Interests
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. The lab also maps the 3D organization of skeletal muscle fibers and distribution of extrafusal and intrafusal peripheral nerve fibers associated with the major synovial joints.

For a list of scientific scholarship and grant awards, please refer to CV.
 Education
  • Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, 2003
  • B.S., Biology, University of Washington, 1994
 Experience

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2006-2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiology, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging/MGH/Harvard/MIT, 2003-2006
  • Adjunct Instructor of Anatomy, Simmons College, 2003-2006
  • Adjunct Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology, Middlesex Community College, 2003-2004

 Memberships
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), 2014-Present
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), 2008-Present
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), 2007-Present
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), 2005-Present
  • American Association of Anatomists (AAA), 2000-Present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1999-Present
  • Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Society, 1999-Present
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN), 1998-Present
 Honors and Awards
  • BYU Chapter, Golden Key International Honour Society : Honorary Member
  • American Association of Anatomists : 2013 Basmajian Award
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) : Best Abstract
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : American Medical Student Association (AMSA), UCLA chapter Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) : Best e-Demo Presentation Award
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) : Finalist, Best Poster Presentation Award
  • Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) : Great Ideas for Teaching
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : American Medical Student Association (AMSA), UCLA chapter Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
  • The Western Neuroradiological Society (WNRS) : Gabriel H. Wilson Award for Best Paper
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : American Medical Student Association (AMSA), UCLA chapter Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA : PBL Tutor of Excellence
  • Boston University School of Medicine : Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 1st Prize Award
  • Boston University School of Medicine : Excellence in Teaching for Dental Gross Anatomy
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 740 (Gresham, OR) : Eagle Scout
 Courses Taught

Fall 2013
  • LFSCI 494R: Mentored Research Section 002
  • NEURO 449R: Neuro Research Experience Section 025
  • NEURO 649R: Laboratory Research Section 007
  • NEURO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 005
  • PDBIO 220: Human Anatomy (with lab) Section 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 020, 021, 022, 023, 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, 033, 034, 035, 036, 037, 038, 039, 040, 041, 042, 043, 044, 045, 046, 047, 048
  • PDBIO 320: Dissection Tech Human Anatomy Section 001
  • PDBIO 349R: PDBio Teaching Seminar Section 013, 020, 021
  • PDBIO 494R: Undergraduate Research Section 021
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 019
Summer 2013
  • PDBIO 494R: Undergraduate Research Section 019
Spring 2013
  • PDBIO 494R: Undergraduate Research Section 019
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 019
Winter 2013
  • PDBIO 220: Human Anatomy (with lab) Section 003, 004
  • PDBIO 349R: PDBio Teaching Seminar Section 021
  • PDBIO 450R: Topics in Physiol & Dev Bio Section 003
  • PDBIO 494R: Undergraduate Research Section 020
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 020
  • PDBIO 649R: Laboratory Research Section 017

Selected Publications
Journal Articles

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 Jun;71:1170-1177.

Wisco JJ, Payne S, Stark ME. Creation of an Interactive Learning Module of 3D Virtual Osteological Structures. Medical Science Educator. 2012 Oct;22(4):208-209.

Ajijola OA, Wisco JJ, Lambert HW, Mahajan A, Stark ME, Shivkumar K. Extra-cardiac neural remodeling in humans with cardiomyopathy. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 2012 Aug:1010-1016.

Wisco JJ, Stark ME, Safir I, Rahman S. A Heat Map of Superior Cervical Ganglion Location Relative to the Common Carotid Artery Bifurcation. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2012 Feb;114(2):462–465.

Kuvhenguhwa M, Kotter H, Wisco JJ. Congenital bilateral absence of the flexor digitorum longus muscle. Clinical Anatomy. 2012 Jan;25(8):963–965.

Mendelsohn AH, DeConde A, Lambert HW, Dodson SC, Daney BT, Stark ME, Berke GS, Wisco JJ. Cervical Variations of the Phrenic Nerve. The Laryngoscope. 2011 Sep;121(9):1920-1923.

Wisco JJ, Payne S, Kim S, Stark ME. Creation of a Video-Based Learning Module of Extraocular Muscles’ Structure and Function. Medical Science Educator. 2011 Jul;21(3S):264-265.

Pannell WC, Wisco JJ. A Novel Saphenous Nerve Plexus With Important Clinical Correlations. Clinical Anatomy. 2011 Jul;24(8):994-996.

Novak SH, Quinn M, Canan T, Metten S, Wisco JJ, Wimmers PF, Uijtdehaage S. A New Approach to Learning How to Teach: medical students as instructional designers. Medical Education Online. 2011 Jul;16:7252.

Books

Wisco JJ. Anterior Triangle of the Neck, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Brain, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Breast, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Cerebrum, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN I: Olfactory Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN II: Optic Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN IX: Glossopharyngeal Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN X: Vagus Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN XI: Spinal Accessory Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. CN XII: Hypoglossal Nerve, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. External and Middle Ear, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Hepatic Portal System, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Innervation of Gut Tube, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Internal Ear, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatic System, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics: Abdominal Viscera, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics: Limbs, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics: Pelvis, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics: Perineum, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Lymphatics: Thorax, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Pelvic and Perineal Innervation, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Posterior Triangle of the Neck, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Root of the Neck, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Superficial Face, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Veins: Abdominal Caval Veins, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Veins: Pelvis, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Veins: Perineum, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Ventral Rami: Lumbar Plexus, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Wisco JJ. Ventral Rami: Sacral Plexus, IN: AnatomyONE. David Morton, PhD, editors. Salt Lake City, UT: Amirsys; 2012. <website>

Presentations

Wisco JJ. Re-inventing Your Career Paradigm to Capitalize on Curriculum Reform. Department of Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series. Dallas, TX. 2013 Nov.

Wisco JJ, Diaz M, Schmalz N, Steed KS, Jenkins K, Morton D, Lassetter JH. Anatomy Academy: A model program for exposing pre-professional and undergraduate medical and allied health sciences students to the six ACGME Core Competencies. International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). St. Andrews, Scotland. 2013 Jun.

Wisco JJ. Extreme Makeover - Anatomy Edition: How a paradigm shift in pedagogy re-built and re-tooled anatomy into an essential clinical science at a medical school and undergraduate institution. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS). Las Vegas, NV. 2013 May.

Wisco JJ, Diaz M, Padilla J, Ojukwu K. Anatomy Academy exposes undergraduate and medical students to all ACGME core competencies through an experiential learning environment. American Association of Anatomists (AAA). Boston, MA. 2013 Apr.

Wisco JJ, Stark ME. Extreme makeover - Anatomy Edition: How a paradigm shift in pedagogy helped shape anatomy into an essential clinical science. American Association of Anatomists (AAA). Boston, MA. 2013 Apr.

Wisco JJ, Stark ME, Lambert HW. “Getting a piece of the clinical research pie" - How and why translational research should matter to you, and where to start. American Association of Anatomists (AAA). Boston, MA. 2013 Apr.

Wisco JJ, Hageman NS, Ajijola OA, Lambert HW, Fox JN, Mahajan A, Fishbein MC, Shivkumar K, Stark ME. Visualization of stellate ganglion local neuronal density remodeling in chronic MI. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). St. George's, Grenada. 2012 Jul.

Kippers V, Wisco JJ, Stark ME, Bee M, Shaw P. Innovations in Anatomy Education: Does Innovative Technology Inspire Innovative Teaching or Does Innovative Teaching Drive the Need for Innovative Technology? The Chicken and Egg Scenario of Advancing Medical Education for Anatomy and Histology Pedagogy. International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Portland, OR. 2012 Jun.

Wisco JJ, Korin TL, Wimmers P, Stark ME. Integration of PBL cases into gross anatomy laboratory experiences followed by a modified TBL formative assessment: pedagogy using the best of both worlds. American Association of Anatomists (AAA). San Diego, CA. 2012 Apr.

Safir I, Wisco JJ, Stark ME. Statistical mapping of the cervical sympathetic chain. American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). Columbus, OH. 2011 Jul.

Wisco JJ. Anatomical correlates of cardiac electrical conduction. Electrophysiology Fellows seminar series. Los Angeles, CA. 2011 Mar.