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

WITNe Co-Director

Members

Stephan Blanz

Position title: Associate Research Specialist

Email: blanz@wisc.edu

Rex Chin-Hao Chen

Position title: Research Assistant

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: Assistant Scientist

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…

Ashlesha Deshmukh

Position title: Research Assistant

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…

Matthew LaLuzerne

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: mjlaluzerne@wisc.edu

Matthew is a 4th year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering who has worked in the lab for over a year. He has worked on many animal motion tracking projects and coding projects. He enjoys projects…

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…

Lauren Rohr

Position title: Undergraduate

Email: lmrohr@wisc.edu

Phone: (715)470-2919

Megan Settell

Position title: Research Associate, PhD

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…

Aaron Skubal

Credentials: Undergraduate

Position title: Undergraduate

Email: askubal@wisc.edu

Aaron has been an integral part of WITNe for 2.5 years and is currently a senior pursuing his degree in Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology. He participates in almost every aspect of the lab including most…

James Trevathan

Position title: Research Associate, PhD

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: Research Assistant

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.