The CALS Awards recognize faculty and staff with different awards for their accomplishments and service to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This year, biochemistry assistant professor Vatsan Raman received the Pound Research Excellence Award.
The award, which is supported by an educational development fund created to honor former CALS Dean Glenn S. Pound upon his retirement in 1979, is given to honor an outstanding, early-career CALS research scientist and to promote continued excellence in research.
“I want to thank CALS for this recognition,” Raman says. “It is such an honor to receive the Pound Research Award. Most importantly, I want to thank the people in my laboratory for the amazing work they do — it is a privilege to be their mentor.”
Raman, who has been with the Department of Biochemistry since 2015, is an extremely productive researcher in systems and synthetic biology. He and his team leverage computational protein design, next-generation DNA synthesis and sequencing technologies, and highly multiplexed selection and screening assays to understand and design allosteric proteins, synthetic bacteriophages, and high-throughput functional assays. His research has major implications for understanding the underlying relationships between sequence, structure and function.
Celebrate the 2022 CALS Award winners, 2021 recipients of college and department professorships, and recipients of other college awards during the past year during the 2022 CALS Awards ceremony on May 4.