Bradley Seebach

Associate Professor
Biology
Office hours
0042 Health Science Center
608.785.6964
bseebach@uwlax.edu

Specialty area(s)

Neurophysiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology; advising Biomedical Science Concentrators

Brief biography

I teach neurophysiology and human anatomy and physiology courses. I recently served two terms as the UW-La Crosse Faculty Senate Chair (2014-2016). I joined the faculty of the Biology Department at UW-La Crosse in 1998, after completing postdoctoral research appointments at Stony Brook University (Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior) and UW-Madison (Dept. of Physiology). My postdoctoral research focused on the development of mammalian spinal cord, and especially on the formation of neural circuitry that supports walking. My Ph.D. in Neuroscience was awarded by Brown University in 1990, and my dissertation research was the development of a computational model of neural circuitry that could underly the prenatal development of some aspects of human speech perception. I had entered graduate school in the Linguistics program at Brown University, and transferred into the newly-created Neuroscience program in 1987. As I was born and raised in northeast Iowa, being hired at UW-La Crosse was a return to my roots. My undergraduate degree was earned at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa (1983) in English Literature. I focused on Shakespearian era literature (still a great love of mine), though this came after a lengthy period of dabbling in chemical engineering and computer science coursework.

Current courses at UWL

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Bio 312, Bio 313)
Neurophysiology (Bio 465)
Neurobiology Laboratory (Bio 467)
General Biology (Bio 105)

Teaching history

General Biology (Bio 105)
Brain Basics: Neuroscience and Society (Bio/Psy 107; no longer offered)

Research and publishing

My current research interests include spinal cord locomotor circuitry, for which I use electrophysiology and pharmacological techniques. Many students have been involved in spinal cord development projects in my laboratory over the years. I have also recently begun investigations into aspects of the newly-discovered glymphatic system of the brain, particularly with student Jon Lendrum, whose work is focused on gut-brain interactions. Of continuing interest for me are computational studies of system-level neural circuitry, as these can offer explanations for emergent properties of the nervous system that make use of molecular and cellular level characteristics that the molecular and cellular level of analysis cannot show directly.

Education

B.A., Cornell College (1983)
Ph.D., Neural Science, Brown University (1990)
Postdoctoral Research in Physiology, UW-Madison (completed 1994)
Postdoctoral Research in Neurobiology and Behavior, Stony Brook University (completed 1998)