Dr. Wilke is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. His research investigates the structure and function of neural circuits that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Wilke received his BS in neurobiology from the University of Washington and went on to earn his MD and PhD in neuroscience in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UC San Diego. He completed his doctoral thesis with Dr. Anirvan Ghosh, studying activity-dependent mechanisms regulating the assembly of hippocampal circuits in the developing brain. He went on to complete a residency in adult psychiatry and to do his postdoctoral research at UC San Francisco with Dr. Vikaas Sohal. The Wilke laboratory studies the prefrontal cortex, using molecular genetic tools to observe and alter activity in the brain during behavior. Ultimately his work seeks to understand the development and resolution of depressed states at the level of specific neural circuits. You can learn more about his research at www.wd2labs.org/wilke-lab.
Dr. Wilke is also an active clinician with expertise in interventional approaches to treat psychiatric conditions by modulating activity in the brain. He is an attending physician in the Neuromodulation Division of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and specializes in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat refractory depression.