Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Sundaram Gunasekaran
Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Research area Synthesis, characterization and application of organic and inorganic nanomaterials; design and fabrication of biosensors for food, environmental and biological/biomedical applications; engineering properties, quality and safety of foods and biomaterials; structure-function relationships in foods; novel and value-added bioprocess engineering.

What excites you about your work? 

“Research is pursuing answers to unanswered questions and pushing at the edge of science. The process of discovering the scientific underpinnings of what we are studying and developing tools and technologies to support that pursuit is very satisfying. I also enjoy mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in developing their research skills and enabling them to become independent researchers in their own right.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“The work we do is collectively contributing to the knowledge base and supports future research in our lab and elsewhere. My hope is that one or more of the inventions is translated into technologies and/or field-deployable devices for routine use. That would be the ultimate satisfaction for any inventor.

Guna approaches industry challenges with a broad perspective and develops practical solutions that can improve a company’s bottom line. His research into materials and sensors touches an array of commercial applications. We are always excited to see what he’ll bring next!

– Emily Bauer, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Emily Bauer, [email protected], 608.960.9842