Microbial biochemistry and engineering
Five current areas of fundamental and applied research in our lab
- Mechanisms that bacteria use to control the spatial and temporal organization of biomolecules in cells.
- Global assembly of the bacterial cell wall.
- Bacterial adaptation and fitness in fluctuating environments.
- Chemical microbiology.
- Applied microbiology.
Our research is also having an impact on local science education. By combining our interest in educational outreach with the strong culture of outreach at UW-Madison, we are developing programs and participating in opportunities on campus that introduce scientific concepts to children, adults, teachers, and families in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The MicroExplorers program is an excellent example of our efforts to improve local science education.
About Douglas B. Weibel, Ph.D.
Douglas B. Weibel is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1996 from the University of Utah (with Prof. C. Dale Poulter). From 1996-1997 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, Japan and studied organometallic chemistry (with Prof. Yoshinori Yamamoto). He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 2002 (with Prof. Jerrold Meinwald) for research in the fields of organic and analytical chemistry. During his graduate studies he was an intern at Orchid Biosciences Inc. (now Orchid Cellmark) and a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany (with Prof. Wilhelm Boland). From 2002-2006 he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. George M. Whitesides at Harvard University where his research spanned the fields of chemistry, materials science and engineering, and microbiology. In 2005 he was a student in the Physiology Course ('Modern Cell Biology using Microscopic, Biochemical, and Computational Approaches') at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (Course Directors, Prof. Ron Vale and Prof. Tim Mitchison).
Douglas is currently a visiting professor of physics at the University of Washington, Seattle and a principal scientist at Amazon, Inc (2014-2015). He has consulted for a range of public and privately-held companies in the areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, chemistry, and materials science, and has participated in a range of government advisory positions in the areas of biodefense, infectious diseases, and biomedicine. His research interests span the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, and microbiology.