New Technology for Controlling Neural Tissue Manufacturing

A paper published in eLife this week by an interdisciplinary team at WID describes new methods for reproducibly manufacturing brain and spinal cord organoids with strict control over morphogenic and developmental processes.

Britney Washington

Britney Washington

  • Graduate Student

Cryopreservation's effect on cell isolates and manufactured therapeutic phenotypes

Michael Murrell

Michael Murrell

Assistant Professor

  • Discovery Fellow

Physics and Synthesis of Soft, Active and Biological Matter

Sean Palecek

Sean Palecek

Professor

  • Discovery Fellow

Engineering platforms to regulate human pluripotent stem cell differentiation

Randolph Ashton Continues Research into Causes of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

In August 2017, Randolph Ashton received almost $800,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of NIH, to continue a five-year research study of Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS), after successfully completing its first phase.

UW-Madison to be Partner in Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center that will develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable, and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Several WID investigators are collaborators on the project.

Alana Stempien

Alana Stempien

  • Graduate Student

Promoting cardiomyocyte maturation with applications in drug testing and disease modeling

Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone

Karen Thompson Medhi Professor

  • Discovery Fellow

Solid mechanics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology

Sridharan Lab

The main scientific focus of the lab is in defining how the epigenome controls cell identity. We want to know how non-genetic information controls functional specialization of a cell and use this knowledge to direct efficient conversion of desired cell types with the ultimate goal of improving stem cell based therapy.

Turng Lab

The Turng lab works with injection molding and innovative plastics manufacturing processes (such as microcellular injection molding / MuCell process), pioneering materials (biobased polymers, nanocomposites, electro-active polymers (EAPs), etc.), and intelligent modeling and process control (computer-aided engineering (CAE), numerical simulation, design and process optimization, intelligent injection molding control, and Internet-based collaboration) to advance the science and manufacturing techniques surrounding tissue engineering scaffolds.

Gavin Knight

Gavin Knight

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Engineering organotypic 2D CNS tissues from human pluripotent stem cells

Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng

Consolidated Papers Foundation Chair, Fellow of ASME, SME, and SPE

  • WID Faculty

Bridging engineering and life sciences for manufacturing of cell-/tissue-based therapeutic products

Nisha Iyer

Nisha Iyer

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Patterning central nervous system tissue from human stem cells.

Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong

Sarah Gong

Kellett Mid-Career Award 2018-2023
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Advancing Vision Science Chair Professor

  • WID Faculty

Creating nanomedicines and nanomaterials for human health and sustainable energy applications.

Krishanu Saha

Kris Saha

Associate Professor

  • WID Faculty

Human cell engineering including CRISPR gene editing and epigenetic reprogramming; science & society