Jo Handelsman

Jo Handelsman

WID Director

  • WID Faculty

Genetic and biochemical processes underlying interactions within plant and human microbiomes.

Tools for Discovery: Sam Rikkers

Sam Rikkers was born and raised in south central Wisconsin but has managed to make his mark in far-flung places. A graduate of Columbia University with a Master of International Affairs, he has served the Peace Corps in Zambia, earned a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin and served …

Mara Beebe

Mara Beebe

  • Undergraduate Student

Relationship between microbiome and depression. Small World Initiative.

Weaning Crops from Nitrogen Fertilizers: Examining Evolution’s Innovations

WID researcher Sushmita Roy and collaborators at UW­–Madison and the University of Florida will use a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how some plants partner with bacteria to create usable nitrogen and to transfer this ability to the bioenergy crop poplar.

Amanda Hurley

Amanda Hurley

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Genetic determinants of bacterial community stability and invasion

Manuel Garavito

Manuel Garavito

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Genetic bases of multi-species bacterial communities

Adam Christensen

Adam Christensen

Assistant Scientist

  • Research Staff

Building optimization models that help untangle issues of environmental sustainability.

Josh Pultorak

Josh Pultorak

Instructor, Tiny Earth

  • Research Staff

Interdisciplinary undergraduate science education with an emphasis on experimental biology.

Johan Bengtsson-Palme

Johan Bengtsson-Palme

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Effects of antibiotic exposure on invasion, robustness and interactions in microbial communities

Kalin Vetsigian

Kalin Vetsigian

Assistant Professor

  • WID Faculty

Processes governing microbial communities

Ye Xu

Ye Xu

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Community interactions of germinating Streptomyces

William Chezem

William Chezem

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Investigating the link between the microbiome and clinical depression.

Multi-Omics Hub

The Multi-Omics Hub will focus on the use of big data about the genes, microorganisms, and metabolites to understand biological systems. WID’s expertise makes it an ideal home for the Epigenetics Initiative for the large campus community that studies the epigenome, and as such WID will organize meetings, seminars, mutli-PI …

Steven Wangen

Steven Wangen

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Develop software solutions to facilitate modeling and analysis of a diverse set of complex problems.