WARF Ambassador Program
Connecting UW–Madison researchers to technology transferWARF’s graduate student and postdoc Ambassadors share information about WARF’s role in technology development and entrepreneurial resources with campus departments. Their on-the-ground experience helps inform new initiatives and enhance communication between WARF and the campus community.
Encouraging collaboration across campusThe Ambassadors plan and host the annual Discovery Challenge spring research symposium. This event encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and helps develop partnership teams that can then compete for a research award competition in the fall.
Interested in becoming a WARF Ambassador?Ambassadors are creative and energetic graduate students and postdocs from scientific or technical disciplines who are interested in the technology transfer process. They spend up to 10 hours per month enhancing WARF's engagement with campus researchers through departmental seminars, informal contacts and more.
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Major Professor: Jean-Michel Ane
Background: Researches the molecular tools used by plants and microbes to communicate; learned about WARF as part of the Integrated Program in Biochemistry.
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Major Professor: Kreg Gruben
Background: Studies the mechanical and neurological aspects of human walking; part of a team funded by the D2P program.
Department: Engineering Physics
Major Professor: Raluca Scarlat
Background: Studies the chemistry of high temperature molten salts used for clean energy applications; attended the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and participated in the WARF Discovery Challenge.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Major Professor: Tim Osswald
Background: Studies various polymer (plastics) engineering problems ranging from plastic pipe extrusion to 3-D printing with an emphasis on supporting industrial partners.
Department: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Patrick Masson
Background: Researches plant genetic response pathways to the polyamines cadaverine and putrescine using genetic and biochemical approaches.
Major Professor: Ned Kalin
Background: Studies how gene expression changes in the brain predict anxious behaviors with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets for treating anxiety-related disorders.
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Major Professor: Robert Thorne
Background: Researches intranasal delivery to target antibody-based therapeutics to the brain while bypassing the blood-brain barrier; previous winner of the WARF Discovery Challenge (2014).
Department: Biochemistry/Wisconsin Energy Institute/Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Major Professor: John Ralph
Background: Studies the chemical breakdown of native and designer lignins and biomass to develop upgrading techniques for renewable chemicals and pharmaceuticals; submitted two invention disclosures to WARF.
Department: Animal Sciences
Major Professor: Mark Cook
Background: Studies dietary fatty acids for reducing chronic inflammation; participated in the WARF Discovery Challenge.
Department: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Major Professor: Laura Knoll
Background: Researches the host-parasite metabolic interactions that define Toxoplasma gondii infection; heard about WARF at a professional development panel.
Major Professor: Joshua Coon
Background: Develops new instrumentation and methodology for proteomic analyses; served on the Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC) in the department of chemistry.
Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Major Professor: Robert Nickells
Background: Studies the role of histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) in nuclear atrophy and apoptosis in retinal ganglion cell death; previously submitted a disclosure to WARF.
Department: Biomolecular Chemistry
Major Professor: Melissa Harrison
Background: Studies the chromatin regulation that accompanies genome activation in the Drosophila embryo.
Department: Medical Physics
Major Professor: Bruce Thomadsen
Background: Researches directional brachytherapy; attended the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.
Major Professor: Aseem Ansari
Background: Studies how gene expression is regulated via modifications of RNA Polymerase II; participated in the WARF Discovery Challenge.