Research

WID advances frontiers of knowledge, accelerates development of solutions, and engages with diverse stakeholders in the State of Wisconsin through an open process to develop interdisciplinary research solutions to practical problems. WID fosters fundamental and applied research that drives evidence-based decision-making, promotes healthy people through optimized medical practices, and advances healthy food systems predicated on profitable and sustainable agriculture. WID’s research portfolio is broad and interconnected, encompassing faculty and students in more than two dozen departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WID derives its power from diversifying inquiry and eschewing boundaries. WID’s foundational research coalesces around four areas of strength.

Strengths

Data Science &
Visualization
From mathematical foundations and data management to machine learning and virtual reality, WID data scientists are pushing the boundaries of data science.

Tissue Engineering
& Nanomedicine
At the intersection of biotech and nanotech, WID researchers are advancing stem cell technologies, building tissue scaffolds, and creating the health care of the future.

-Omics, Health,
& Agriculture
Experts in fields like epigenetics and the microbiome make WID a natural home for advanced research that integrates many facets of -omics into biomedical and agricultural research.

Complex
Systems
Understanding complexity is a challenge common to all research at WID, where interdisicplinary teams assemble to address problems in complex systems from biology to society.


 

Data Science & Visualization

WID’s strength in data science spans mathematical foundations, modeling, algorithms, optimization, machine learning, visualization, statistics, and more, enabling initiatives that address the goal of developing end-to-end strategies for data collection, analysis, management, privacy, security, visualization, and decision-making.

WID researchers are designing new applications of data science to improve energy systems, agriculture, biomedicine, and healthcare.


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Tissue Engineering & Nanomedicine

The promise of tissue engineering stretches the limits of our imagination. Biotechnology in general, and stem cell research in particular, has made great strides in spurring the growth (and re-growth) of specific human cell types. But cells alone cannot replace human tissue. Cells need scaffolds to serve as structural guides while growing into useful tissues or life-saving drug-delivery systems.
WID researchers are making advances at the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology with initiatives spanning tissue engineering, cancer research, gene editing, and stem cell research.


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-Omics, Human Health, & the Food System

Experts in fields such as epigenetics and the microbiome make WID a natural home for advanced research in -omics areas, including genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics.

-Omics research in WID is applying -omics to regenerating tissue and organs in the lab, developing next-generation drug delivery, and understanding the movement of carbon among plants, their associated microbes, the soil, and the atmosphere.


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Complex Systems

WID’s many research areas rely on understanding of complex systems, from power grids and fish habitats to microbial communities and gene regulatory networks. WID researchers are decoding complex systems using tools like machine learning and data modeling. This work is generating discoveries that will change precision medicine, agriculture, and other applications that directly affect people.


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