The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long history of inter-departmental and cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations. The Laboratory of Genetics is inherently interdisciplinary, being part of both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the School of Medicine and Public Health. Many faculty in the Laboratory of Genetics have joint appointments in other departments and participate in diverse research centers on campus. Below is a highlight of campus research institutions and endeavors our faculty participate in.
Bock Labs is an interdisciplinary research laboratory that spans departmental boundaries. The Labs house the Institute for Molecular Virology, the Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation.
Evolutionary biologists from across colleges participate in the Crow Institute, a center for the study and education of evolution. Researchers in Genetics, Biochemistry, Botany, Entomology, Integrative Biology, Computer Science, Statistics and beyond interact through the Evolution Seminar series, the annual Darwin Day celebration, and other research and education events.
The GCW is a research center within the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center, focused on fostering integrative and highly collaborative research that bridges diverse disciplines. The center’s 16 faculty represent 17 departments, including the Laboratory of Genetics, and six schools within the university.
In 2007, UW-Madison and partners at Michigan State were awarded a $125 million dollar grant from the US Department of Energy to solve biological challenges of biofuel production. As one of three centers in the country, the GLBRC conducts highly collaborative research that spans genetics and genomics, biological and chemical engineering, systems and synthetic biology and more.
A main focus of this community of scholars is to gain critical knowledge about the science and art of vision. Researchers, clinicians, and staff within the Institute are dedicated to apply this knowledge to the prevention and treatment of blindness.
The Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge of human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative disease. In addition to research in these areas, the center provides services to people with developmental disabilities and education and outreach programs to the community.
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery represents a unique merger of a public transdisciplinary research institute (Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, or WID) and a private institute aimed at rapidly translating results to benefit society (Morgridge Institute for Research). Several of our faculty have joint appointments in the public WID institute, focusing on epigenetic and systems biology research.
The UW-Madison Epigenetics Program is an inclusive group of researchers that endeavor to understand how different phenotypes can be generated from a single genome. The collection of UW-Madison researchers offers a diverse perspective on the growing fields of epigenetics and chromatin-based regulation of gene expression.
The Quantitative Biology Initiative (QBI) is training the next generation of scientists who will work at the interface of computational, statistical, and quantitative biology. The QBI represents a university-wide initiative that brings together students and faculty from diverse departments and training programs, and utilizes the exceptional level of inter-departmental collaboration at UW-Madison to provide students outstanding training opportunities in interdisciplinary, collaborative research.