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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

  • May 26, 2016

    Michael has another paper out in collaboration with the Lynn lab! Look for "Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces that Prevent Bacterial Surface Fouling and Inhibit Virulence Phenotypes in Surrounding Planktonic Cells" in ACS Infectious Diseases.

  • May 23, 2016

    We are excited to announce that Yftah and Tian's paper titled, "Highly Stable, Amide-Bridged Autoinducing Peptide Analogues that Strongly Inhibit the AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptor in Staphylococcus aureus" was accepted to Angewandte Chemie as a Highly Important paper!

  • May 13, 2016

    Michelle won the award for best speaker presentation at the 4th annual Chemical Biology Seminar Day! Hooray!

  • May 10, 2016

    Way to go, Tian an Yftah! Their paper titled, "Structure-Function Analyses of a Staphylococcus epidermidis Autoinducing Peptide Reveals Motifs Critical for AgrC-type Receptor Modulation" was accepted to ACS Chemical Biology this week!

  • May 06, 2016

    Michael had a review article accepted to FEMS Microbiology Reviews today! Titled "Chemical Probes of Quorum Sensing: From Compound Development to Biological Discovery," we expect it to be an important piece for the QS community. Great job, Michael!