Re-inventing Discovery

The world’s greatest scientific challenges can’t be met by individual scientists, laboratories, or departments. The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an experiment in interdisciplinarity, combining the best minds in new teams with powerful tools that transcend the boundaries of departments and fields. Learn more about WID >

Expertise at WID

WID researchers make fundamental discoveries at the intersections of disciplines to solve problems that require an interdisciplinary approach.

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Resilience, Robustness, Adaptability – WID Seminar Series

Every month, WID presents a seminar in which two faculty or their delegates will present their research and how it connects with the WID theme of Resilience, Robustness, and Adaptability. Colleagues will pair up to develop a seminar that presents parallels, collaborative projects, or just two different views of this theme. Each 25-minute talk will take place in the Orchard View Room with light refreshments. There is also a virtual viewing option.

 

Stories of Discovery

Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.


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New nanoparticles deliver therapy brain-wide, edit Alzheimer’s gene in mice

Shaoqin "Sarah" Gong and her lab have developed a way to move therapies across the brain’s protective membrane to deliver brain-wide therapy with a range of biological medications and treatments.
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Yin is part of a grant to create and study a “digital twin” of the urinary tract

Yin and collaborating researchers are building the model to investigate how the nervous system and urinary tract are connected.
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Drying process could be key step in the development of life

PhD student Hayley Boigenzahn and professor John Yin can explain how one of the potentially crucial early steps on the path of life could have happened. They published their findings in the Dec. 2022 issue of the journal Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres.
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Discovery Hubs

WID’s hubs act as integrators for the campus community, generating new ideas that nucleate new collaborative research projects. The hubs make use of WID expertise to provide services that assist other researchers in applying specialized tools to a range of problems extending far beyond the scope of WID’s programs. Explore WID’s Hubs: