About the Director

Albee Messing, VMD, PhD, is a Waisman Center investigator and professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Messing joined the UW faculty in 1985, and has been a Waisman Center investigator and member of the IDDRC Executive Committee since 1998. Messing has served as the faculty core director of the Rodent Models Core since 2001. In addition, he was the Associate Director for Biological Sciences from 2002-2004.

Messing’s research focuses on Alexander disease, a progressive and usually fatal neurological disorder in which abnormal deposits of protein known as Rosenthal fibers occur in astrocytes of the brain and spinal cord. Messing and his colleagues discovered the genetic basis for this disease in 2001, and his laboratory now maintains a broad program spanning molecular biology through therapeutic research that aims to develop treatments for individuals affected by Alexander disease.

Messing is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an adjunct scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. He has authored more than 120 research papers, 29 book chapters, reviews and editorials. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale and a VMD and PhD in experimental pathology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Albee Messing, VMD, PhD

Albee Messing, VMD, PhD Professor of Comparative Biosciences and Director, Waisman Center  

608.263.5940                         messing@waisman.wisc.edu

  • BA, Yale, 1974 
  • VMD, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1982


  • Joined UW-Madison faculty, 1985
  • Shaw Scholar, 1986-1991
  • Waisman Center Investigator, 1998-present
  • Member, IDDRC Executive Committee, 1998-present
  • Faculty Core Director, Rodent Models Core, 2001-present
  • Weil Award and Moore Award from the American Association of Neuropathologists
  • Santiago Ramón y Cajal Lecture, Spanish Neurological Society, 2010
  • Parisi Lecture, American Association of Neuropathologists, 2013
  • Director, Waisman Center, 2014-2015