The Wenthur Lab is proud to include researchers from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds. We believe that an inclusive, supportive environment is a necessary foundation for accomplishing significant scientific, clinical, and academic progress. Our insights are stronger when they are developed from multiple perspectives, and our lives are richer when our friends and colleagues provide us with a chance to learn from their experiences.

We invite you to look through our member biographies to learn more about our members’ individual interests and expertise.

Dr. Cody Wenthur

Cody Wenthur, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Director, Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation MS Program
Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University – College of Pharmacy
Doctor of Philosophy - Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University – School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla – Department of Chemistry

Dr. Cody Wenthur is an innovative, translational investigator in psychopharmacology who has been on the UW–Madison faculty since 2018. His work is focused on improving our understanding of the basis for beneficial and detrimental effects of opioids, cannabinoids, psychedelics, and other neuroplasticity-inducing approaches in the context of novel therapeutic approaches for promoting and maintaining mental health.

His research program has received both basic and clinical grant and fellowship support from NIGMS, NIDA, NIMH, independent foundations, and philanthropic funds. The resulting findings have been published in leading journals such as Nature and PNAS and have yielded the development of first-in-class tool compounds and generated new pharmacologic techniques for the investigation of complex psychoactive mixtures.

His scientific research is complemented by his dedicated support of graduate education in neuropharmacology, including active service as the founding director of the Psychedelic Pharmaceutical Investigation Master’s program, and mentorship of PharmD and PhD students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and Neuroscience Training Programs.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
PhD, Marquette University
B.Sc. and MS in chemistry, University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Jillian Kyzer, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate
PhD in medicinal chemistry, University of Minnesota

Graduate Students

Christina Beer

Visiting International MS Scholar
University of Freiburg, Germany

U. Matthew Enriquez

PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences
MCP T32 Fellow

Nate Jones

PhD Candidate, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
BS in molecular and cellular biology and anthropology, University of South Dakota

John Razidlo

PhD Candidate, UW Neuroscience Training Program
BS in neuroscience, University of St. Thomas

Adam Worob

PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences
BS in neuroscience, Carthage College

Zarmeen Zahid

PhD Candidate, UW Neuroscience Training Program

PharmD Students

Joseph Nerad

PharmD Candidate
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UW-Madison, 2021

Rhiann Sato, MS

PharmD Candidate
MS, Biology, Villanova University, 2021

Claudia Schmitt

PharmD Candidate
BS in pharmacology and toxicology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2019

Undergraduate Students


The Wenthur Lab is proud to have supported the careers of these undergraduate, graduate, professional, and post-graduate members who are now serving in leadership roles across areas ranging from healthcare delivery to the biotechnology industry and academia.

Zhen Zheng, PhD

PostDoc, 2021 (Faculty at Tianjin Medical University)

Grace Chung

PharmD, 2019

Alexandra Minich

BS, 2020

Paxton Paine

BS, 2018 (William Blair)

Vincent Wartenweiler

PharmD, 2020 (Porta Sophia)

Mason McGuire

BS, 2022