Two IPiB faculty are among the 23 faculty winners of the 2023-24 Vilas Associates Competition, awarded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The competition recognizes “new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance.”
Biomolecular chemistry associate professor Feyza Engin studies cellular stress responses and organelle dysfunction during the initiation and progression of diabetes.
Biochemistry professor Elizabeth Wright directs the UW–Madison Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center and the Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography. She studies a range of topics in bacteriology, cell biology, and virology, including bacterial motility and adherence, human cell regulatory function and dysfunction, and virus entry and assembly, and develops cryo-electron microscopy and related techniques to study these activities.
Recipients of the Vilas Associates award receive summer research salary support and flexible research funds over the two years of the award. Winners are chosen competitively by the Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.