Welcome to the Werling Lab!

The Werling Lab in the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is focused on understanding the roles of genetic variation and sex-differential biology on brain development and risk for neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.

The Werling Lab is currently (June 2022) seeking a laboratory technician and interested postdocs and graduate students. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us!


  • 2023 highlights

    2023 recap: The Werling Lab gained 2 new graduate students, welcome to Kyle Schaubroeck and Roy Wang, both from the CMB PhD program! We also want to recognize Genetics PhD student Liz Nouel, who successfully …

  • Welcome Liz!

    A belated welcome to Liz Nouel, a PhD student in UW-Madison’s Genetics PhD program, who officially joined the Werling lab in January! Liz will be working on a study exploring interactions between immune response and …

  • Welcome Joe!

    A warm welcome to Joe Lalli, a MD/PhD student in UW-Madison’s MSTP and Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD program, who joined the Werling lab this month! Joe will be working with genetics and functional genomics …

  • Pandemic pressures may drive young scientists away from autism research

    Dr. Werling is quoted in this article from Spectrum News that highlights the experiences of early career autism researchers during Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Review by Lee and Donna published in Biological Psychiatry

    Review on transcriptomic studies of autism and sex differences in human brain tissue by Lee Kissel and Donna is now published and available online in Biological Psychiatry, Neural Transcriptomic Analysis of Sex Differences in Autism …

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