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.