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 23, 2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Vasquez! Joseph successfully defended his thesis titled Chemical Approaches to Target Quorum Sensing in the Staphylococci.” Way to go Joseph!

  • April 23, 2019

    The lab is full of great news and awards this spring! 

    • Joseph received the Bender Award and the PPG Mentor Award
    • Daniel received the Goering Award in organic chemistry
    • Matt received the Ralph Hirshmann-Dan Rich Award in bio-organic chemistry
    • Wenqi received the University Book Store Excellence Award (given to only 20 undergraduate students across campus!)
    • Stella was awarded a Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship and the Chemistry Undergraduate Eugene and Patricia Kreger Herscher Scholarship

    Wow! Great work everybody!!

  • April 12, 2019

    Congrats to Joseph, whose paper was selected as a featured article in the latest issue of ACS Infectious Diseases! He and Wenqi are the creative masterminds behind the issue's cover art! https://pubs.acs.org/toc/aidcbc/5/4

  • November 15, 2018

    We welcomed four new students to the Blackwell lab! Cassie Doody and Tom Polaske join us from the chemical biology path, and Maggie McEwan and Ke (Kate) Zhao join from the organic chemsitry path. Welcome aboard!

  • May 02, 2018

    Our very own Joseph has been selected to attend the 2018 Summer ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium.  This is a huge honor and one Joseph should be proud of. Way to go Joseph!