Nathan Fischer

Research Specialist


I received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Biology from Marquette University in 2020. While at Marquette, I conducted research on the formation of epithelial barrier structures in D. Melanogaster. Additionally, through philosophy coursework, I was introduced to some of the work being done on Integrated Information Theory (IIT) and became interested in the study of consciousness. More recently, I worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, investigating the role played by nuclear anchoring proteins in the development of axons in C. Elegans. Currently, I am a medical student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I work in the Tononi and Cirelli lab to study the mechanisms underlying the need for sleep using optogenetic and electrophysiological techniques in rodents.

Research Interests: Neurodevelopment, Consciousness and sleep, Electrophysiology, Bioethics