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Farbstudie Quadrate by Wassily Kandinsky

The Blackwell Lab located in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison works at the interface of chemistry and biology.

See Research for an overview of our group's current research directions and Publications for work we've already published.

Image: Farbstudie Quadrate by Wassily Kandinsky


In partnership with Sigma-Aldrich, several of the lab's lead modulators of LuxR-type quorum sensing receptors are now available for sale!

News & Updates

  • October 31, 2017

    Congratulations, Dr. Michelle Boursier! Michelle successfully defended her thesis titled, "The Development and Application of Chemical Tools to Study Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"!

  • October 24, 2017

    The Blackwell Lab held our 2017 retreat where we discussed our current research and what new directions and frontiers we would want to branch out to in the future. Later that evening, Helen and her collaborator, artist Sonja Bäumel, hosted a Science Café open forum titled "What Would a Microbe Say?" and discussed how art and chemistry can help understand the relationship between humans and microbes. Check back for updates on their collaboration here and on Sonja's website!

  • August 22, 2017

    Please give Michelle et al. a hearty congratulations — her collaborative paper with former groups members J.P. Gerdt, Danielle Stacy, Josh Combs, Jacob Brummond, and Clare Xu was accepted at ACS Chemical Biology today! Awesome work!

  • April 28, 2017

    Congratulations to Michelle, Tian, and Joseph for winning major departmental graduate student awards! Michelle won the Hirschmann/Rich Award in Bioorganic Chemistry, Tian won the Casey Award for Excellence in Chemical Biology Research, and Joseph won the Goering Award in Organic Chemistry! Way to go!

  • April 12, 2017

    Wenqi Shen has been awarded three undergraduate scholarships! She is the proud recipient of a Chemistry Department research scholarship, a Biochemistry Department research scholarship, and a prestigious Hilldale Undergraduate Scholarship! Way to go Wenqi! Yow!