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Industrial engineering students Greyson Wainwright, Josie Beres and Rayne Wolf work on a desktop hydroponics system.
December 2, 2022

New industrial engineering course puts design, manufacturing into students’ hands

University of Wisconsin-Madison industrial engineering students Rayne Wolf, Josie Beres and Greyson Wainwright huddle around a desktop hydroponic system, inspecting the growth of alfalfa, mung beans and soybeans. Later in…

A technician works with radioisotopes
November 21, 2022

From isotopes to internships, UW-Madison partnership energizes growing Wisconsin company

In late 2019, staff at Beloit, Wisconsin-based company NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes opened a package filled with radioactive materials. The delivery sparked an ongoing research collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison…

October 18, 2022

Improved understanding of early spinal cord development paves way for new treatments

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are developing the means to turn stem cells into a wide range of specific types of spinal cord neurons and cells in the hindbrain—the…

microparticle shown via scanning electron microscopy
September 20, 2022

mRNA therapy could break down treatment barriers for patients with chronic spinal cord injuries

In the wake of a spinal cord injury, a protective scar forms to allow the central nervous system to heal. It’s not unlike the body’s reaction to a run of…

September 12, 2022

CRISPR-produced CAR T cells could better treat solid tumors

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells are biological assassins: white blood cells that are specifically engineered to attack cancer cells. Over the past five years, they’ve become an established therapeutic…

Zombie covid virus
August 17, 2022

How zombie attacks could help fight the COVID-19 virus

In a July 2022 opinion piece in Scientific American, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in chemical and biological engineering John Yin discusses the potential for using zombie viral particles to reduce…

Wireless nano antenna illustration
August 2, 2022

Wireless nano antennas amp up brain sensing

To record brain activity, neuroscientists and physicians must choose between electrodes that require wires running through the skull or noninvasive options like electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetoencephalography (MEG) that track signals…

Randolph Ashton and Gavin Knight at Summerfest Tech
July 20, 2022

Ashton lab spinoff safeguards developing brain, spinal cord from toxic threats

Amid his usual day-to-day of meeting with students, writing research papers and grant proposals, and overseeing experiments in a productive lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the University…

UW Crest with engineering background
June 6, 2022

New nanoparticles aid sepsis treatment in mice

Sepsis, the body’s overreaction to an infection, affects more than 1.5 million people and kills at least 270,000 every year in the U.S. alone. The standard treatment of antibiotics and…

PhD student Alana Stempien
June 6, 2022

Cell mechanics offers new clue in genetic heart disease

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a mouthful of a heart disease that’s essentially an invisible ticking time bomb for the estimated 1 in 10,000 people who have it. Often,…