Christopher Bradfield is the current interim Director of WID. Bradfield’s research focuses on a family of proteins known as PAS proteins, which sense and respond to either environmental signals like pollutants or physiological cues such as circadian rhythm, and can be implicated in diseases like cancer. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 research publications, book chapters and invited reviews. He also holds seven patents.
A native of San Francisco, Bradfield joined the UW-Madison faculty and the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in 1996. He previously was a professor of pharmacology and biological chemistry at Northwestern University Medical School.
On the UW-Madison campus, Bradfield has held administrative posts as director of the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center beginning in 2006, and as director of the Office of Graduate Support for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health since 2013.
As the first permanent Director of WID from 2011-2015, David Krakauer is an evolutionary theorist, a self-proclaimed sci-fi junkie and champion of collaboration and ideas. His vision for WID paralleled an experimental “greenhouse” that nourished hybrid approaches to science, new disciplines and unexpected partnerships.
Also a professor of genetics at UW–Madison, Krakauer co-directed the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation (C4) at the Institute and served as an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. A graduate of the University of London and Oxford University, he became a Wellcome Research Fellow in mathematical biology and lecturer at Pembroke College. Krakauer served as a visiting professor at Princeton University and later became faculty chair at the Santa Fe Insitute in 2009. He’s served as a visiting fellow at the Genomics Frontiers Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a Sage Fellow at the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Krakauer has authored and been featured in numerous mainstream articles, podcasts and videos. His unorthodox but rigorous approach to science and collaboration earned him a spot on Wired UK’s 2012 Smart List as one of 50 people “who will change the world.”
Former UW–Madison Chancellor and Interim WID Director John Wiley led the Institute from 2008 to November 2011.