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

Email: kpcheng@wisc.edu

Phone: (608)262-9411

Kevin completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University and his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at UW Madison. Kevin designs, implements and runs experiments and new methods across the lab. Kevin looks forward to…

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…

Annabel Frake

Position title: Student Researcher

Email: frake@wisc.edu

Phone: (612) 747-2242

Annabel is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering with certificates in German and International Engineering. She joined the lab in September 2022 and helps collect data during deep brain stimulation (DBS)…

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…

Bruce Knudsen

Position title: Researcher

Email: knudsen4@wisc.edu

Bruce began his research career as a Veterinary Technologist at the University of Utah. Then he moved to Rochester, MN where he spent over 20 years as a Sr. Research Technologist at the Mayo Clinic…

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…

Matthew LaLuzerne

Position title: Graduate Researcher

Email: mjlaluzerne@wisc.edu

Undergraduate Researcher 2020-2022 Matthew graduated in 2022 in mechanical engineering. He has worked on many animal motion tracking projects and coding projects. He enjoys projects that integrate software with lab equipment.

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

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.

Hollie Wierschke

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: hwierschke@wisc.edu

Phone: (920) 819-7564

Hollie is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Neurobiology with a certificate in Data Science. She joined the lab in January 2023 and is involved in work on the anti-inflammatory pathway. Outside of the…

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…