Jon grew up in Gresham, OR, graduating in from Gresham Union High School in 1990, then from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) with a B.S. in Biology in 1994. 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, graduating with a Ph.D. in 2003 after being trained primarily in Neuroanatomy, Gross Anatomy, Embryology and Histology. His dissertation focused on the relationship of brain structure volume changes and cognitive performance in normal aging using the rhesus monkey animal model. Soon after graduating, Jon 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. After completing his fellowship 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, Jon expanded his research interests to Clinical Anatomy, establishing research programs in neuropathology, laryngology, and kinesiology. To enhance his teaching, Jon began developing 2D and 3D animations and videos to help his students understand difficult to visualize anatomical concepts. In 2012, Jon accepted an Associate Professor position in the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology at Brigham Young University. He is the Director of the Laboratory for Translational Anatomy of Degenerative Diseases and Developmental Disorders. His 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 in the Greater Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas that teaches anatomy, physiology and nutrition concepts to 5th-6th grade students as part of their physical education, science, and nutrition curriculum.
Jon has published over 29 peer-reviewed papers, 13 electronic modules, 30 chapters in AnatomyOne (Amirsys.com), and 80 scientific conference proceedings. He has delivered multiple seminar presentations on his teaching and research, serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals, and received 25 intramural and extramural funded grants. He is the recipient of many awards, most notably the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Chapter Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, 2009, and 2011; and the American Association of Anatomists Basmajian Award for excellence in Anatomy Research and Education.
Jon has served as a consultant for a number of law firms and medical illustration companies.
Despite the accomplishments and accolades, the most rewarding professional time Jon has is mentoring students. He mentored over 30 lab students and 80 Teaching Assistants for his Human Gross Anatomy class at Brigham Young University. Now, Jon serves in the Dean's office at Boston University School of Medicine, helping to restructure its medical curriculum. He is also Director of the Educational Neuroscience program, which will be up and running in 2020.
Jon and wife Monica enjoy life with the three children, Madison, Alia, and Jackson in Boston, MA.