Cryo-EM Expert Elizabeth Wright Joining Biochemistry to Direct New Facility

Photo of Elizabeth R. WrightThe University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry will welcome Elizabeth Wright in July as a faculty member and director of the department’s newly established cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) facility.

Wright is an expert in cryo-EM, a technique able to obtain atomic or near-atomic level resolution images of biological molecules by imaging with electrons. It is a burgeoning technology that can help UW–Madison researchers make significant new contributions to many areas of structural biology, including enzymology, virology, cell biology, and medicine.

“I am very excited to be joining the department to develop this technology at UW–Madison,” says Wright, who will also be an affiliate of the Morgridge Institute for Research. “In the fields of fundamental biochemistry and structural biology, the department is one of the strongest in the country. I was drawn to UW–Madison by the vision the department has for this facility. We are not just thinking about the present but about the next decade and beyond by establishing an advanced cryo-EM resource and building a community to push forward scientific understanding across many biological research areas by using cryo-EM.”

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