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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

  • January 10, 2018

    Congratulations to Dr. Tian Yang! Tian successfully defended his thesis titled, "The Development and Application of Chemical Tools to Study Quorum Sensing in Staphylococci"! Way to go, Tian!

  • December 21, 2017

    Betty was just awarded a very prestigious, very competitive NIH Postdoctoral fellowship! Yow! Way to go Betty. A wonderful present for the holiday season.

  • November 16, 2017

    We welcomed Sarah Keglovits into our lab this semester! She's a first-year organic student in the chemistry program.

  • 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!