WARF Ambassador Program

Connecting UW–Madison researchers to technology transfer

The application period to become a WARF Ambassador is now closed.

Contact us at ambassador@warf.org with questions.
WARF Ambassadors help enhance the vital connection between research and tech transfer by increasing WARF's visibility on campus. Ambassadors are creative and energetic graduate students and postdocs from scientific or technical disciplines who are interested in the technology transfer process. They spend up to 10 hours per month enhancing WARF's engagement with campus researchers through departmental seminars, informal contacts and more.

WARF’s graduate student and postdoc Ambassadors share information about WARF’s role in technology development and entrepreneurial resources with campus departments. Their on-the-ground experience helps inform new initiatives and enhance communication between WARF and the campus community. Ambassadors gain experience in leading events, speaking to diverse audiences and learn about the importance of intellectual property and technology transfer at a university.
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Current Ambassadors

Bahar Behzadnezhad

Department: Electrical Engineering/Radiology
Major Professor: Alan McMillan
Email: behzadnezhad@wisc.edu
Background: Studies novel radio frequency design in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for improved image quality; attended the 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and received the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration Student Scholarship.

Claire Erickson

Department: Medicine - Geriatrics
Major Professor: Sterling Johnson
Email: cmerickson4@wisc.edu
Background: Studies modifiable factors in Alzheimer's disease that may affect disease trajectory.

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Isabel Foreman-Ortiz

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: Joel Pedersen
Email: foremanortiz@wisc.edu
Background: Studies the interaction of fundamental nanomaterials with model cellular membranes relevant for environmental release and fate of emerging, industrially-relevant nanomaterials.

Sanjan Gupta

Department: Chemical & Biological Engineering
Major Professor: Jennifer Reed
Email: tpsanjan@gmail.com
Background: Develops machine learning-based methods for solving various problems in metabolic and protein engineering space; selected for Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2017 and finalist in WARF Discovery Challenge 2016.

Matthew P. Hautzinger

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: Song Jin
Email: hautzinger@wisc.edu
Background: Studies solid state chemistry and nanoscale synthesis of semiconductor materials for solar energy applications.

Lauren Hillers

Department: Comparative Biosciences
Major Professor: Lisa Arendt
Email: lhillers@wisc.edu
Background: Studies how obesity increases breast cancer risk and tumor progression through obesity altered immune populations and breast microenvironment; learned about WARF through peers.

Zachary Kemmerer

Department: Biochemistry
Major Professor: David Pagliarini
Email: zkemmerer@morgridge.org
Background: Investigates the role of highly conserved UbiB family atypical kinases in mitochondrial energy production and cellular lipid homeostasis; submitted one invention disclosure to WARF.

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Alex LaReau

Department: Bacteriology
Major Professor: Garret Suen
Email: alareau@wisc.edu
Background: Researches fiber-degrading bacteria found in the cow rumen with a focus on potential implications for animal health and biofuels applications.

Jeanette Metzger

Department: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Major Professor: Marina Emborg
Email: jmshultz@wisc.edu
Background: Investigates mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease-associated cardiac sympathetic nerve loss using a nonhuman primate research model; learned about WARF through peers and the 2018 Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.

Laura Muehlbauer

Department: Chemistry
Major Professor: Joshua Coon
Email: lmuehlbauer@wisc.edu
Background: Uses mass spectrometry to accurately interrogate proteomes to inform and influence our understanding of health and disease.

Akire Trestrail

Department: Medical Physics
Major Professor: Bruce Thomadsen
Email: trestrail@wisc.edu
Background: Researches directional brachytherapy; attended the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.