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Dr. Douglas Weibel is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received his PhD from Cornell University, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Doug has received many awards and honors during his career, including the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Pound Research Award, and the Vilas Associate Award all from UW-Madison, as well as the Early Career Life Scientist Award from the American Society for Cell Biology, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Basil O’Connor Award from the March of Dimes Foundation, the DuPont Young Professor Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Doug is here with us today to tell us all about his journey through life and science.
Doug was formally educated as a chemist and informally trained as an engineer. His early fascination with chemistry centered upon discovering combustion and his childhood interest in blowing things up planted the scientific seeds for his long-term career. Captivated by the complexity of bacteria, Doug’s research studies the structure, behavior, and biochemistry of microbes using techniques from chemistry, engineering, and physics. The long-term goal of his research program is to apply their fundamental research to solve real-world problems in the area of infectious diseases. Doug lives in Madison, WI with his spouse and four children and enjoys music, reading, biking, percussion, and cup stacking.