Dr. Krishanu Saha along with Dr. Christian Capitini, is working to produce CAR T cells that could deliver results in solid tumors, using gene editing rather than a viral method to manufacture them.
WID Announces WID100 Research Advancement and Student Conference Travel Grant Recipients. The Research Advancement Grant for $5,000 was awarded to the John Yin Lab for their innovative research. The WID100 Student Conference Travel Grant is funding $1000 each to four outstanding graduate students to travel to scientific meetings for the academic year 2022-23.
Dr. Schloss has earned tenure in the Department of Psychology. She studies color cognition, color preferences, visual reasoning, and information visualization.
Randolph Ashton, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, is co-founder of Neurosetta, a startup company built around technology for modeling human brain and spinal cord development that emerged from his research lab.
WID’s Randolph Ashton is developing a method for “scalable and cost-effective screening” of various chemical compounds on the brain and spinal cord. The new company is Neurosetta.
PhD student Lena Vincent pursues the biggest question in her research on the chemical origins of life.
A perspective piece published on June 2 in Science from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) suggests that outdated classroom teaching methods discourage members of historically excluded communities (HECs) from graduating with a degree in science. Lead author, Jo Handelsman states “Outdated classroom teaching models are discriminatory, ultimately, we need to stop trying to fix the students and instead focus on our classrooms.”
The How Are You Feeling? is an exhibit created by Kohler Fellows Hong Huo and Kushin Mukherjee that examines the limits of verbal communication through animated imagery. It will be on display at Communication Madison from May 28-June 3, with the opening reception on May 28th from 3-8PM (masks required).
The Romnes Fellowships recognize faculty with exceptional research contributions within their first six years from promotion to a tenured position.
What do mystery, mayhem, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery have in common? The Writer-in-Residence Program, recently welcomed Kayla Cohen as a part of the Illuminating Discovery Hub at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. The residency is an opportunity for an up-and-coming writer to work among scientists while crafting a manuscript with scientific themes.
Erasing the Lines Between Science and Art: Kohler Fellows Cooperate to Bring Life As We Don’t Know It Exhibition to the Overture Galleries from May 3-August 28, with the opening reception on May 6th from 5-7PM.
Tiffany Harris and Aedan Gardill want people to know that science doesn’t have to be boring. The two students started working on the project in January as part of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Kohler fellowship. The program joins together graduate students in arts and science fields to create multidisciplinary projects. The two University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral students completed their coloring book titled “Bacteria & Me” this month, hoping to pique audiences’ interest in learning about microbiology.
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is hosting a ceramics exhibition, Equanimity: Meditation Through Ceramics from April 30 – May 19, 2022 with local artist Violet Wong.
Applications for graduate art or science students are now open for the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID program.
The award recognizes contributions to teaching, research, and service.
Michael Graf, WID’s Science to Script writer in residence (2021-2022) interviews Rachel Kropa and David Lang from the Footprint Coalition. The Footprint Coalition invests in high-growth, sustainability-focused companies. They make charitable grants to non-profits that advance the adoption of environmental technology.
Krishanu Saha, along with colleagues Susan Hagness and Christopher Brace are among the 2022 class of inductees. AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering) Fellows are considered to represent the top 2% of medical and biological engineers in the United States.
In Faces of Data Science, we meet members of the data science community in fields from business, engineering and medicine to limnology, geography and biology, including WID faculty,Stephen Wright and Michael Ferris.
Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong, professor of biomedical engineering; Zachary Morris, professor of human oncology; biomedical engineering postdoctoral researcher Ying Zhang and human oncology researcher Raghava Sriramaneni win one of the WARF Innovation awards for their work, Nanoparticle to Render Tumors More Susceptible to Treatment.
Picket Charlie is an environmental thriller about a US Forestry Ranger who must defend her island reserve of trees from a band of ruthless timber pirates in a near-future world ravaged by climate change. This table read production is a result of WID’s Science to Script Writer in Residency’s inaugural writer, Michael Graf.
Nisha Iyer, postdoc in the Ashton Lab; Shin-Tsz (Lucy) Kuo, undergraduate in the Schloss Lab; and Rob Nowak, Discovery Fellow are featured winners this year.
Amanda Hurley will work in the Office of International Health and Biodefense (IHB), which builds global health security through policy advancement.
The project, part of NIH’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing Program, is a collaboration among Gong and UW-Madison colleagues Krishanu Saha (associate professor of biomedical engineering and cell and gene therapy impact leader at the Grainger Institute) and other UW colleagues.
WID and Saha Lab alumnus, and current postdoc at the Morgridge Institute for Research, Amritava Das anticipates that he will put his engineering and bioscience training to use exploring the sometimes knotty connections between science, national security, and finance.
Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence (AI-EDGE) led by Robert Nowak, UW–Madison professor of electrical and computer engineering and researchers at Ohio State.