Faculty Receive Romnes Fellowships
Three faculty from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are among 12 UW-Madison professors to receive Romnes Faculty Fellowships.
Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Selected by a Graduate School committee, winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
The award is named for the late H. I. Romnes, former chairman of the board of AT&T and former president of the WARF Board of Trustees.
The awardees from the School of Medicine and Public Health are:
William Murphy, the Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation, is co-director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and director of the Human MAPs. His research aims to create new biomaterials inspired by the materials found in nature, to understand stem cell behavior and induce tissue regeneration. He has filed 36 patents, co-founded multiple start-up companies and earned induction as a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Scott Reeder, is professor, vice chair of research and chief of MRI in the Department of Radiology. Reeder is known internationally for inventions leading to the development of advanced MRI methods for fat and iron tissue quantification, and for pioneering work in advanced imaging methods for abdominal and cardiovascular imaging. He holds 28 patents, has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and leads the UW Liver Imaging Research Program.
Wei Xu, professor of oncology in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, is noted for revealing the function of arginine methyltransferases in modulating activities of hormone receptors and establishing the epigenetic state of chromatin, leading to aberrant gene expression in cancer cells. Her research provides critical new insights into how breast cancer develops and approaches to treating it.
Date Published: 05/06/2016