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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WARF ambassadors

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

Mohannad Alhanahnah

Mohannad Alhanahnah

Department: Computer Science
Major Professor: Somesh Jha
Email: [email protected]
Background: Improving software and systems security by applying program analysis techniques.

 

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.

 

Graham Delafield

Graham Delafield

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: Lingjun Li
Email: [email protected]
Background: Develops novel separation strategies for biomolecules prior to mass spectrometry to aid in the discovery of potential biomarkers for neurological disorders and disease progression.

 

James Finn

James Finn

Department: Bacteriology
Major Professor: Briana M. Burton
Email: [email protected]
Background: Investigates the molecular and biological function of the Type VII protein secretion system to improve our understanding of bacterial cooperation and competition.

 

Emily Kaufman

Emily Kaufman

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: John Wright
Email: [email protected]
Background: Studies the catalytic properties of vitamin B12 using novel multidimensional spectroscopic methods.

 

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.

 

Aiping Liu

Aiping Liu

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

 

Sophie Mancha

Sophie Mancha

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Major Professor: Melissa Skala and Paul Campagnola
Email: [email protected]
Background: Studies the role of remodeled collagen architecture on pancreatic cancer migration and metabolic activity to better understand pancreatic cancer progression mechanisms for future development of novel treatments.

 

Virginia Pszczolkowski

Department: Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Graduate Training Program
Major Professor: Sebastian Arriola Apelo
Email: [email protected]
Background: Studies the nutritional regulation of lactation, with a focus on energy and protein metabolism in dairy cattle.

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