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

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.

 

Emily Eix

Department: Medicine/Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Major Professor: Jeniel Nett
Email: [email protected]
Background: Studies the fungal pathogen Candida aurist using ex vivo skin models to understand its high propensity for skin colonization and biofilm growth.

 

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.

 

Kendra Hanslik

Kendra Hanslik

Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Major Professor: Tyler Ulland
Email: [email protected]
Background: Investigates how the gut microbiome impacts the neuroimmune response in the context of neurodevelopment and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Matthew Mullins

Matthew Mullin

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Major Professor: Michael Wagner
Email: [email protected]
Background: Works on modeling concentrating solar power towers during transient conditions and using machine learning to speed up first principles optical, thermal, stress and lifetime models.

 

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.

 

Victor Santoro Fernandes

Victor Santoro Fernandes

Department: Medical Physics
Major Professor: Robert Jeraj
Email: [email protected]
Background: Medical image analysis, focusing on automated response assessment for metastatic cancer patients.

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