Aleksandra Glavaski-Joksimovic, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and M.S. degree in Endocrinology at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.In 2003 Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic completed her doctoral studies in Neuroscience and Veterinary Anatomy at the Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, under the mentorship of Dr. Srdija Jeftinija.

Following graduation she conducted postdoctoral fellowship at the Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. The main area of Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic’s research during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies at Iowa State University was in the field of neuroendocrinology.

During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute, she started working in the stem cell biology field. In September 2006 Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic joined the Neurobiology Program, Children’s Memorial Research Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Martha C. Bohn. She was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in April 2009. In Dr. Bohn’s laboratory, Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic studied the therapeutic effects of bone marrow-derived neuroprogenitor-like cells in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in May, 2011 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. In her current position, Dr. Glavaski-Joksimovic continues to explore the therapeutic potential of naive and genetically modified adult stem cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic brain injury.

Education & Training

  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (1993)
  • MS, Endocrinology/Physiology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (1998)
  • PhD, Neuroscience/Co-Major – Veterinary Anatomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2003)
  • International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Karolinska Institute (2004 – 2006)

Awards & Honors

  • 2003 – Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University
  • 2006 – First Prize for Poster Presenation, Swedish Physicians
  • 2007 – Travel Award for Neuroscience , Children’s Memorial Research Center
  • 2008 – Travel Award for Neuroscience, Children’s Memorial Research Center
  • 2009 – Basic Science Poster Presentation, Children’s Memorial Research Center

Primary Research Areas

  • Therapeutic potential of adult stem cells in brain injury and disease


Mailing Address

Zablocki VA Medical Center
Neuroscience Research Labs – Research 151
5000 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295