Several Biochemistry faculty are part of two inaugural WARF Research Forward Grants. The Research Forward initiative is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and will provide funding for 1–2 years, depending on the needs and scope of the project. This initiative replaces the now retired UW2020 WARF Discovery Initiative.
Biochemistry Associate Professor Aaron Hoskins as the Principle Investigator, is joined by Biochemistry's Professor Samuel Butcher and Assistant Professor Timothy Grant, as well as Chemistry Professor Randall Goldsmith as Co-Principle Investigators in the grant: Therapeutic targeting of post-transcriptional RNA processing in human diseases. This project will build upon UW–Madison’s strengths in RNA biology and investments in structural biology to create a multi-disciplinary research program to Drug RNA (DRUGR).
Biochemistry Assistant Professors Vatsan Raman and Phil Romero are part of the Co-Investigator team for the grant: An integrative computational and experimental system for interpreting genomic variation. This project will tackle a fundamental Grand Challenge of interpreting genome sequences to predict how differences in an individual’s genome relate to differences in appearance, behavior, disease susceptibility, and other phenotypes. Genetics Professor Audrey Audrey Gasch is the Principle Investigator for this grant.