Ludwig Lab

Ludwig Lab

Ludwig Lab

We translate the next generation neuromodulation therapies to hijack the nervous system to treat circuit dysfunction and deliver biomolecules to target areas with unprecedented precision.

What We're Up To

  • Acute and longitudinal benchtop characterization of new minimally invasive neural interfaces based on proven experience supporting FDA regulatory submissions
  • The application of cutting-edge optical tools in rodents to better understand and design clinical neuromodulation interfaces
  • Comprehensively instrumented swine model to refine new neuromodulation strategies at human anatomical scale in order to assess effects and side effects
  • Detailed functional and post-mortem anatomical evaluation across animal and human experimental models to reduce the time to translation of new concepts

Kip Ludwig

Associate Professor, BME

Members

Rex Chin-Hao Chen

Position title: PhD Student

Email: rchen328@wisc.edu

Phone: (414)949-7390

Rex is currently focusing on using photoacoustic imaging to visualize the peripheral nerve cross-section. His drive to solve any puzzle set before him has led him to look for all possible ways that we can…

Kevin Cheng

Position title: Scientist II

Email: kpcheng@wisc.edu

Phone: (608)262-9411

Kevin has been with the lab for over 10 years. He completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University, his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at UW Madison. Kevin designs, implements and runs experiments and…

Brandon Coventry

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Post Doctoral Fellow

Email: coventry@wisc.edu

Brandon received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Saint Louis University and a M.S.E.C.E and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. He is interested in using optical tools and artificial intelligence in thalamocortical circuits…

Ashlesha Deshmukh

Position title: PhD Student

Email: adeshmukh5@wisc.edu

Phone: (469) 343-9882

Ashlesha is interested in studying neural communication in regards to other bodily systems like immune response and digestion. She hopes to work on innovations which can be translated into the clinic with industrial partnerships. She…

Aaron Gholston

Position title: Research Intern

Email: agholston@wisc.edu

Aaron received his BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. He is currently acting as WITNe’s Chemical Safety Officer and as an electrochemist; however, he is interested in all things neuroengineering. His…

Maria LaLuzerne

Position title: Research Specialist

Email: mlaluzerne@wisc.edu

Phone: (608)890-1918

Maria has been with the lab since 2018. She is a townie, born and raised about 5 miles away from the UW campus. She completed her B.S. at the UW and previously worked for the…

Connor Phipps

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: crphipps@wisc.edu

Phone: (585) 280-0037

Connor is currently involved in a motion artifact project, when he’s not doing that you can find him helping to organize the lab and collaborating with other lab members on their projects. When he’s not…

Megan Settell

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Research Associate

Email: settell@wisc.edu

Megan received her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Science. She is interested in understanding the relationship between vagus nerve fascicular organization and off-target effects via functional…

James Trevathan

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Scientist II

Email: jtrevathan@wisc.edu

James’ favorite things in the lab are using flurorescent microscopy, electrophysiology, and electrochemistry techniques to understand how novel neuromodulations strategies and electrode designs interact with the biointerface to effect downstream neural activity and burrito Mondays.

Nishant Verma

Position title: PhD Student

Email: nverma4@wisc.edu

Originally hailing from Singapore, Nishant is a WITNe graduate student. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rice University. Nishant works on large animal studies for minimally invasive neuromodulation therapies. He enjoys grappling with the physics,…

Amanda Weis

Position title: Undergraduate

Email: asweis2@wisc.edu

Phone: (847)821-7787

As an undergrad Amanda has contributed to projects across the WITNe lab and has been able to see the ways in which engineering and neuroscience are inextricably intertwined in the medical field.

Matthew Wroblewski

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: mdwroblewski@wisc.edu

Phone: (414)235-8556

Matthew is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student who joined the lab in early 2022. He enjoys working on data interpretation and analysis of MRI imaging and is looking forward to contributing work on Vagus Nerve…

Richard Yang

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: tyang296@wisc.edu

Richard is an undergraduate student pursuing Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. Joined the lab in early 2022, he is excited to participate in all aspects of research. In his free time, you can find him…