Microbial biochemistry and engineering
Five current areas of fundamental and applied research in our lab
- Bacterial biochemistry
- Chemical microbiology and antibiotic discovery
- Bacterial cell biology and behavior
- Infectious diseases
- Global health and nutrition
In addition to impacting global science and technology, our research is designed to improve local and national science education. By combining our interest in educational outreach with the strong culture of outreach at UW-Madison, we continue to develop programs and participate in activities on campus and in the community that introduce scientific concepts to children, adults, teachers, and families. We have been widely recognized for our accomplishments in science outreach.
About Douglas B. Weibel, Ph.D.
Douglas B. Weibel is currently 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). During his graduate studies he was an intern at Orchid Biosciences Inc. (now LabCorp) 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 and 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). He was a visiting professor of physics at the University of Washington, Seattle and a principal scientist at Amazon.com, Inc. from 2014-2015. He has consulted for a range of public and privately held companies in the areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, chemistry, applied biology, materials science, and manufacturing 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 chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science and engineering, and microbiology.