Dr. Zeljko J. Bosnjak received a PhD in Physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was promoted to Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology in 1989 and currently serves as Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. His laboratory studies, coordinated by basic and physician-scientists, investigate the cellular mechanisms of anesthetic action.
Dr. Bosnjak's major research interests are: 1) cardioprotection and regeneration; 2) human ESC, organ-derived, and iPSC biology; and 3) developmental neuroapoptosis in ESC-derived human neurons. Current research activities include cellular signal transduction pathways that are responsible for anesthetic-induced cardioprotection and the modulation of ATP sensitive potassium current in cardiac myocytes by ischemia and volatile anesthetics. He is an author or co-author of more than 310 publications, book chapters, and reviews.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has continually funded Dr. Bosnjak since 1981. Currently, he is the Program Director, Project PI, and Core Leader of a Program Project Grant; participates as a co-investigator on a R01 grant (PI: Xiaowen Bai); and serves as Co-Director on a NIH training grant. In addition, he is Principal Investigator of an Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bosnjak remains a member of many professional societies and is the recipient of various awards including the New Investigator Research Award, B.B. Sankey Anesthesia Advancement Award, Research Career Development Award, ASA Excellence in Research Award, and two presidential medals "Northern Star" as the National Decoration for Science and National Decoration for Humanitarian Work awarded to him by two Croatian Presidents. Dr. Bosnjak serves as a reviewer for a number of journals including Anesthesiology, American Journal of Physiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Croatian Medical Journal and the Journal of Anesthesia. Until June 2005, Dr. Bosnjak was a Chairman of the NIH Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section and currently an NIH, Ad Hoc – SAT Study Section Conflicts Chairman. He also serves on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Subcommittee on Anesthetic Action and Biochemistry, Committee on Excellence in Research and is current President and Councilor of FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology. At MCW he serves on the Regenerative Medicine Work Group, Global Health Advisory Council, Global Health Program Selection Committee, Clinical & Translational Science Institute Mentoring Committee, DSHREP Steering Committee, and MSTP Admissions Committee.