Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

CALLING GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS

WARF Ambassadors enhance the important connection between research on campus and technology transfer at WARF. We’re looking for creative, energetic graduate students and postdocs from scientific or technical disciplines who are interested in learning more about the tech transfer process.

Become an Ambassador

Contact Beth (Werner) Fischer, Director of IP, Life Sciences at [email protected] to learn more.

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You will:

  • Gain leadership skills by organizing events and leading presentations.
  • Build your network of tech transfer professionals and peers across campus.
  • Plan to spend about 10 hours per month on Ambassador projects.
  • Help PIs and graduate students understand how their technology can positively impact the world through technology transfer.

We will:

  • Teach you about patents, licensing and related career opportunities.
  • Use your firsthand insights to inform new initiatives at WARF.
  • Facilitate networking and career and social opportunities to help you build your resume.

 


Meet Our Current WARF Ambassadors

Roma Broadberry

Roma Broadberry

Department: Morgridge Institute, Biophysics Program
Major Professor: Tim Grant
Email: [email protected]
Background: Develops cryo-EM methodologies for structural determination of biomolecules.

 

Tina Dang

Tina Dang

Department: Pharmacy
Major Professor: Lingjun Li
Email: [email protected]
Background: Utilizes mass spectrometry techniques to research peptides and optimizing database searching algorithms for analysis of mass spectra.

 

Jorge De Los Santos Funes

Department: Animal & Dairy Sciences
Major Professor: John Parrish
Email: [email protected]
Background: Maternal-fetus communication in mammalians. Our approach involves study cells, miRNAs and DNA, in the maternal plasma coming from the fetus at the early stage of pregnancy. Domestics animals present different types of placentas and represent an excellent model to study these fascinating biochemical interactions.

 

Daniel Idowu

Daniel Idowu

Department: Genetics/ GLBRC
Major Professor: Timothy Donohue
Email: [email protected]
Background: Utilizes the genetic and metabolic mechanisms of Novosphingobium Aromaticivorans for bioproduct synthesis and alternatives to petrochemicals.

 

Lisa Je

Lisa Je

Department: Chemical & Biological Engineering
Major Professor: Reid Van Lehn and Victor Zavala
Email: [email protected]
Background: Guides experimental materials design by using molecular dynamics as an atomic microscope in conjunction with data-centric methods to identify structure-property relations; ex: using computations to identify ionic liquids suitable as an electrolyte for batteries.

 

Jill Kyzer

Jill Kyzer

Department: Pharmacy
Major Professor: Cody Wenthur
Email: [email protected]
Background: Investigating novel treatments for substance use disorders through both traditional pharmacotherapy and vaccine-based approaches.

 

Noah Lancaster

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: Joshua Coon
Email: [email protected]
Background: Develops mass spectrometry technologies to improve protein and proteomic characterization.

 

Aiping Liu

Aiping Liu

Department: Surgery
Major Professor: Angela Gibson
Email: [email protected]
Background: Researches wound healing, focusing on burn wounds.

 

Aaron Lowenstein

Aaron Lowenstein

Department: Plant Pathology
Major Professor: Andrew Bent
Email: [email protected]
Background: Investigates the molecular mechanisms of soybean resistance to the soybean cyst nematode.

 

Jacob Vander Griend

Jacob Vander Griend

Department: Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Major Professor: Mark Mandel
Email: [email protected]
Background: Investigates the regulatory mechanisms of biofilm formation in the beneficial symbiont Vibrio fischeri, to contribute to better understanding of host colonization processes.

 

Kristy Wendt

Kristy Wendt

Department: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Biomedical Engineering
Major Professor: Susan Thibeault
Email: [email protected]
Background: Studies how the gene expression of individual cells changes during vocal fold injury and repair.

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