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Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director search narrows to 5

November 1, 2016 By Natasha Kassulke

Five finalists have been named for the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

The director will report to Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

Selected by a 10-member committee chaired by Paul Ahlquist, finalists for the position are:

Photo: Christopher Bradfield


Photo: Michael Ferris


Photo: Jo Handelsman


Photo: Robert Landick


Photo: William Murphy


Christopher Bradfield, Professor of Oncology, director of the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center, and interim director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW–Madison.

Michael Ferris, professor of computer sciences and Optimization Theme leader at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW–Madison.

Jo Handelsman, associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor, and professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale University.

Robert Landick, professor of bacteriology and biochemistry and Conversion Area lead for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW–Madison.

William Murphy, professor of biomedical engineering, and orthopedics and rehabilitation, and co-director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at UW–Madison.

CVs for the finalists

“The level of interest in the WID director position was outstanding and generated a strong pool of applicants,” notes Ahlquist, professor of molecular virology, oncology, and plant pathology and an investigator of the Morgridge Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

“I am extremely grateful to the search committee and to Paul Ahlquist for his leadership,” says Mailick. “I look forward to the next step in the search process, which will usher in a new chapter of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.”

Each of the candidates will make a public presentation, outlining his or her vision for the position.

Time and location of presentations (OVCRGE website)

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