University of Wisconsin–Madison


Assistant Professor

  • Associate Director, University of Wisconsin Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Associate Program Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
  • Director, Integrative Systems Neuroimaging Laboratory

Picture of JP Yu <span class="degree">MD, PhD</span>


  • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco — 2015
  • Residency: University of California, San Francisco — 2014
  • Post Doc: University of California, San Francisco — 2014
  • Internship: St. Mary's Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) — 2010
  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — 2009
  • Graduate: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — 2006
  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth College — 2001


John-Paul (JP) Yu, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology (Neuroradiology) and by courtesy, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biophysical Chemistry at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Dr. Yu received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he also received his PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He completed a Preliminary Medicine Internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, followed by a Diagnostic Radiology residency, and Diagnostic Neuroradiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, CA, prior to joining the department in August 2015. Dr. Yu was awarded the 2016 Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator grant, and he was also the UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research KL2 Scholar. His professional interests include, preclinical models of neuropsychiatric disease, quantitative diffusion weighted imaging, and neuroinflammation. Dr. Yu currently leads a systems neuroscience laboratory housed in the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research at UW-Madison. His laboratory is currently aligned along two major thematic areas of interest: (1) examining the impact of genes, the environment, and gene-environmental interactions on quantitative neuroimaging measures of neural microstructure in psychiatric illness and (2) development of MR and PET neuroimaging methods for the sensitive characterization and detection of microglial-driven neuroinflammation.