Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Megan McClean
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering 


Research area A bioengineering approach to understanding fundamental biological and medical questions in microbes, specifically model and pathogenic yeasts.

What excites you about your work? 

“Our work on fungal dispersion has the potential to contribute to therapeutics for diseases that are growing in prevalence and severity, particularly fungal diseases. Better control of cells also has implications for biotechnology. I think biomanufacturing has the potential to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels and allow implementation of greener production methods, but in order to do that, we have to have enough control over cells that bioproduction and biomanufacturing are financially viable, and some of our technology has the potential to allow real-time control and optimization of bioprocesses.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“I’d like to see our research put to use in developing biotherapeutics and biomanufacturing. We’ve started some conversations with companies, and the idea that some of our foundational technology might make its way out of academia and into industry is really exciting.

Innovative companies are excited by Megan’s research and want to collaborate with her. We are excited to see her inventions commercialized.

– Jennifer Gottwald, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Jennifer Gottwald, [email protected], 608.960.9854