Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Denise Ney
Professor of Nutritional Sciences
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Research area Nutritional management of phenylketonuria (PKU) and gastrointestinal physiology. Using glycomacropeptide (GMP), a whey protein produced during cheesemaking, as a safe source of protein for children with PKU.

What excites you about your work? 

“Its potential to help people improve their health. The success with GMP-rich foods for PKU patients made a difference for people living with that disease, which is so rewarding. It’s so affirming that all that effort came to fruition, and when I think of my career, it’s such a happy feeling–I did that. I trained three Ph.D. students on that project, and now they’re leaders in the field, so I feel like my legacy helped the PKU community and goes on. I also think GMP for women’s health has tremendous potential, but commercialization is really needed to test that potential.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“I’m going to retire this year, so I’m looking for another faculty member interested in conducting a clinical trial with GMP for weight loss. It has the potential to help with glucose and diabetes management.

Denise has a proven track record of transferring technology from the university for societal benefit. On top of her impactful research, she truly prioritized mentorship and became a role model for the next generation of inventors.

– Emily Bauer, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Emily Bauer, [email protected], 608.960.9842