News & Updates


  • November 15, 2019

    Two new students have joined the Blackwell Lab! Welcome Emma Santa and Emma Eisenbraun!

  • November 07, 2019

    Congrats to Korbin, who was chosen as the first recipient of the Stanley B. Mirviss award, honoring outstanding graduate student mentors of undergraduates! Korbin's undergraduate mentee, Stella, nominated him for this award. Great work Korbin!

  • 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 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!

  • 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!!


  • 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!  

  • April 17, 2018

    Congratulations to Helen! For her immense commitment to mentoring and teaching students within the Chemistry department, the GSFLC have awarded her a 2018 GSFLC Mentor Award! Great job, Helen!

  • April 13, 2018

    Please join me in congratulating our very own Stephen Early in being awarded not only a Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship (the most prestigious fellowship given to undergraduates by UW), not only a Chemistry Department Scholarship, but also a Honors Senior Thesis Grant!  Way to go Stephen!  Wow!

  • March 29, 2018

    Wenqi is the winner of not one, two, or three scholarships, but four scholarships! Three from the Chemistry Department and 1 from Biochemistry. These funds will support her over the summer and in the fall.  Many congratulations Wenqi!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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"!

  • 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!

  • March 19, 2017

    Matt Styles received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this week! Way to go, Matt!

  • March 01, 2017

    Tian's collaborative work with the Lynn lab has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News! Check it out here!

  • January 25, 2017

    Congrats are due to Tian! In collaboration with the Lynn lab, his paper titled "Non-Woven Polymer Nanofiber Coatings that Inhibit Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus: Toward New Non-Bactericidal Approaches to Infection Control" was accepted to ACS Infectious Diseases!


  • December 27, 2016

    We welcomed Korbin West to the lab this semester! He is a first year in the chemistry program.

  • December 27, 2016

    Congratulations to Erica and Matt O'Reilly! They welcomed a baby girl earlier this month named Lena Noel O'Reilly!

  • December 22, 2016

    Congratulations, Joseph, Yftah, and Kim! They had a paper accepted to Chembiochem today! Watch for "Simplified AIP-II Peptidomimetics are Potent Inhibitors of Staphylococcus aureus AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptors"!

  • December 14, 2016

    Congratulations are due to Betty! She has been selected to take part in the NSF ADVANCE Seminar program here in Wisconsin. She will give an invited lecture at UW-Parkside in the coming semester, gaining valuable experience presenting her research and interacting with faculty and students at a WI state university. Way to go! Yow!

  • October 28, 2016

    Michelle won third place in the poster competition at the International Chemical Biology Society meeting in Madison, WI! Wowza!

  • September 19, 2016

    Joe Moore had a collaborative paper with the Amador-Noguez lab accepted today! Check out "Identification of unanticipated and novel N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) using a sensitive non-targeted LC-MS/MS method" in PLOS One soon!

  • June 11, 2016

    Dr. Betty Slinger joins the lab this week as a new postdoctoral researcher. Welcome to the lab, Betty!

  • 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 and 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!

  • May 02, 2016

    Congratulations go to our undergraduate researchers Hailey and Josh! Hailey received the Eugene & Patricia Kreger Herscher Scholarship. Josh received a L&S Honors Program Summer Thesis Award and a Chemistry Department Scholarship to fund his summer and fall semester research endeavors. Good work to you both!

  • April 29, 2016

    Congratulations to Michelle for winning the prize for best poster at the Perlman Antibiotic Symposium!

  • April 05, 2016

    Congratulations, Matt Styles, for your selection as an honorable mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program!

  • February 19, 2016

    Check out Michael's new paper in collaboration with the Lynn and Palacek labs titled, "Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces that Prevent Microbial Surface Fouling and Kill Non-Adherent Pathogens in Surrounding Media: A Controlled Release Approach." Interesting stuff, team!

  • January 18, 2016

    Good work, Michael! His paper titled, "Chemical genetics reveals environment-specific roles for quorum sensing circuits in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" was accepted today to Chemistry & Biology!

  • January 07, 2016

    Congratulations, Dr. Michael Welsh! Michael successfully defended his thesis titled, "The Application of Chemical Tools to Study Bacterial Quorum Sensing: New Insights into Virulence Pathway Regulation and Its Attenuation in Human Pathogens"!

  • January 04, 2016

    Congratulations, Kayleigh and Matt Styles! They have been selected as new trainees on the UW–Madison Chemistry-Biology Interface and Biotechnology NIH Training grants, respectively. 


  • November 18, 2015

    Several of our potent quorum sensing modulators are now available for purchase via Sigma-Aldrich! Check out the inventory here!

  • November 03, 2015

    Three new chemistry grad students joined the lab this week: Daniel Manson, Matt Styles, and Joe Manulik! Welcome, guys!

  • November 03, 2015

    Congrats, Matt O'Reilly! His paper titled, "Structure-Based Design and Biological Evaluation of Triphenyl Scaffold Based Hybrid Compounds as Hydrolytically Stable Modulators of a LuxR-Type Quorum Sensing Receptor" was accepted to ACS Infectious Diseases!

  • October 22, 2015

    Congratulations, Joe Moore, Frank, Michael, and Kayleigh! They had a paper accepted to JACS titled, "A comparative analysis of synthetic quorum sensing modulators in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: New insights into mechanism, active efflux susceptibility, phenotypic response, and next-generation ligand design"!

  • September 23, 2015

    Way to go, Yftah! His second paper on his structural NMR studies titled, "Characterization of Structural Elements in Native Autoinducing Peptides and Non-Native Analogues that Permit the Differential Modulation of AgrC-type Quorum Sensing Receptors in Staphylococcus aureus" was published today in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry!

  • September 14, 2015

    Congratulations to Nora, Joe Moore, and Margie! Chembiochem just accepted their paper titled, "Potent and Selective Modulation of the RhlR Quorum Sensing Receptor using Non-Native Ligands - An Emerging Target for Virulence Control in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"! This is the culmination of years of hard work—way to go, team!

  • August 26, 2015

    Congratulations, Yftah and Tian! Their paper in collaboration with the Lynn lab titled "Nanoporous Superhydrophobic Coatings that Promote the Extended Release of Water-Labile Quorum Sensing Inhibitors and Enable Long-Term Modulation of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus" was accepted into ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering!

  • June 29, 2015

    Matt deserves a hearty congratulations this week! He received the prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship! Woooooo!

  • June 18, 2015

    Congratulations, Dr. Joseph Moore! Joe successfully defended his thesis titled, "Using chemical biology to modulate Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing"!

  • June 11, 2015

    Another round of congratulations go to Joseph Vasquez! He has been awarded the Chemistry-Biology Interface NIH Traineeship! Hooray, Joseph!

  • June 05, 2015

    A belated congratulations goes to Joseph Vasquez! He received a NSF graduate fellowship earlier this spring. Way to go Joseph!

  • May 29, 2015

    We are wishing Kim a fond farewell this week as she leaves us for Epic Systems in Verona, WI. Good luck, Kim! We will miss you!

  • May 29, 2015

    Two new undergraduates are joining us for the summer! Rohan Kumar joins us from the Indian Institute of Technology, and Sally Ruderman hails from Wellesley College. Welcome to the Blackwell lab!

  • May 29, 2015

    Lea has received two fellowships to fund her work in lab this summer! She has received the Undergraduate Student Support in Chemistry Scholarship as well as the George & Arleen Ziarnik Scholarship. Congratulations, Lea!

  • May 29, 2015

    Joe and Michael deserve a hearty congratulations for both winning the Hirschmann/Rich Graduate Award in Bioorganic Chemistry earlier this month! Way to go, guys! 

  • May 29, 2015

    Katie leaves us this month for new research adventures as she pursues her mechanical engineering degree. Good luck with your future academic endeavors, Katie!

  • January 09, 2015

    We are stoked to announce that Michael, Nora, and Joe's paper titled, "Small molecule disruption of quorum sensing cross-regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes major and unexpected alterations to virulence phenotypes" was accepted to JACS today! Congratulations on all the hard work!

  • January 02, 2015

    We say farewell to Dr. Nora Eibergen this month as she leaves for the Microbial Control Group at Dow Chemical Company. Best of luck in your new position, Nora! We will miss you!

  • January 02, 2015

    Trevor Schell leaves us this month for new research endeavors in the UW–Madison medical school. Thanks for all your hard work, Trevor!


  • December 01, 2014

    We welcome Kayleigh Nyffeler, our first Microbiology Doctoral Training Program student, to the lab today!

  • November 15, 2014

    Congratulations again, J.P., Trevor, and Christie! They had another paper accepted! Look for their paper titled, "Unraveling the contributions of hydrogen-bonding interactions to the activity of native and non-native ligands in the quorum-sensing receptor LasR" in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry!

  • November 05, 2014

    The NIH's Biomedical Beat blog highlighted J. P., Christie, Trevor, and Frank's recent paper! Read the blurb here!

  • November 04, 2014

    First year student Joseph Vasquez has joined the lab this week! Welcome, Joseph!

  • September 19, 2014

    J. P., Christie, Trevor, and Frank's recent paper was highlighted today in the UW-Madison news!

  • August 25, 2014

    J. P.'s ACS Chemical Biology Paper is highlighted in this week's edition of C&E News! Take a look here!

  • August 08, 2014

    Congratulations to J. P., Trevor, Frank, and Christie! Their paper titled, "Mutational analysis of the quorum-sensing receptor LasR reveals interactions that govern activation and inhibition by non-lactone ligands" was accepted at Chemistry & Biology! Good work!

  • August 08, 2014

    J. P.'s paper titled, "Competition studies confirm two major barriers that can preclude the spread of resistance to quorum-sensing inhibitors in bacteria" was accepted to ACS Chemical Biology today! He deserves a hearty congratulations!

  • August 02, 2014

    Helen is featured in an article on the Fusion Media Network! Check it out here!

  • August 01, 2014

    Dr. Matt O'Reilly joined the lab today as a new postdoctoral researcher. Welcome to Madison, Matt!

  • July 21, 2014

    Congratulations, Dr. J. P. Gerdt! J. P. successfully defended his thesis titled, "Quorum sensing inhibition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Investigations into mechanism and resistance development"!

  • July 14, 2014

    Yftah starts today as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Nevada-Reno! Congrats Yftah! We'll miss you, but we look forward to seeing your future research!

  • June 11, 2014

    Congratulations to Drew and Amanda! Their paper titled "Plant Responses to Bacterial N-Acyl L-Homoserine Lactones are Dependent on Enzymatic Degradation to L-Homoserine" was accepted to ACS Chemical Biology! Yahoo!

  • January 29, 2014

    Congratulations Yftah and Danielle! Their paper "N-Methyl and Peptoid Scans of an Autoinducing Peptide Reveal New Structural Features Required for Inhibition and Activation of AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptors in Staphylococcus aureus" was accepted at Chemical Communications with glowing reviews!


  • December 26, 2013

    Congratulations to Nora and Ezra Eibergen on the birth of their daughter, Ivy Joy Eibergen!

  • December 02, 2013

    Way to go Joe, J.P., and Nora! Their paper titled "Active Efflux Influences the Potency of Quorum Sensing Inhibitors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" was accepted with much enthusiasm at ChemBioChem today!

  • November 12, 2013

    Congratulations, Yftah! His paper titled "Structural Characterization of Native Autoinducing Peptides and Abiotic Analogs Reveals Key Features Essential for Activation and Inhibition of an AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptor in Staphylococcus aureus" was just accepted to JACS!

  • November 01, 2013

    We're wishing a warm welcome to our new first year graduate student, Kim Tyler!

  • October 15, 2013

    Congratulations to Christie, whose paper, "Non-Native N-Aroyl L-Homoserine Lactones Are Potent Modulators of the Quorum Sensing Receptor RpaR in Rhodopseudomonas palustris" was accepted to ChemBioChem today!

  • October 16, 2013

    A big congratulations to Helen, Yftah, and Danielle! They received one of two WARF Innovation Awards for their patent application, "Peptide-Based Quorum Sensing Inhibitors for the Attenuation of Virulence in Staphylococcus aureus." This patent application was chosen out of over 360 applications filed by WARF in 2013.

  • May 13, 2013

    Congratulations to Danielle and Yftah!  Their paper, "Highly Potent Inhibitors of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus Revealed Through a Systematic Synthetic Study of the Group-III Autoinducing Peptide" was accepted to JACS.

  • May 03, 2013

    Congratulations to Yftah and Danielle!  Their collaborative paper written with David Lynn's lab, "Surface Coatings that Promote Rapid Release of Peptide-Based AgrC Inhibitors for Attenuation of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus" was accepted to Advanced Healthcare Materials.

  • May 22, 2013

    The press can't stop talking about Danielle and Yftah's JACS paper! Check out the latest highlight in Chemical and Engineering News

  • April 22, 2013

    Congratulations to JP for receiving a Hirshmann-Rich Award in Bioorganic Chemistry!

  • April 12, 2013

    Congratulations to JP for winning the prize for best poster at the Perlman Antibiotic Symposium!

  • March 11, 2013

    Congratulations to Yftah Tal-Gan and Hila Marom, who are proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Emily Elizabeth Talgan!

  • February 05, 2013

    Congratulations to Aaron!  His paper, "A Peptoid Ribbon Secondary Structure," was accepted for publication by Angewandte Chemie.


  • December 18, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Tony Breitbach for successfully defending his thesis entitled, "Novel chemical- and materials-based approaches for the control of bacterial biofilms."

  • December 10, 2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Stacy!  She successfully defended her thesis, "Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Small Molecule and Peptide Quorum Sensing Modulators."

  • November 05, 2012

    A warm welcome to the new Blackwell lab first years -- Michelle Boursier and Tian Yang!

  • August 27, 2012

    The press is already talking about Danielle's and Michael's new paper that was recently accepted by ACS Chemical Biology.

  • July 31, 2012

    Congratulations to Danielle and Michael!  Their paper, "Attenuation of quorum sensing in the pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii using non-native N-acyl homoserine lactones," was accepted for publication in ACS Chemical Biology today.

  • July 13, 2012

    Congratulations to Nora for being awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship!

  • July 09, 2012

    Congratulations to Aaron! He successfully defended his thesis entitled, "The Design and Construction of Discretely Folded Peptoids."

  • May 04, 2012

    Congratulations to Jacob Brummond for winning one of seven prizes for the poster he presented at the 11th Annual UW-Madison Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Session!

  • April 20, 2012

    Congratulations to Aaron for being selected as one of two recipients of the Hirschman-Rich Student Award in the UW Department of Chemistry!

  • April 13, 2012

    Congratuations to Danielle for winning the prize for best poster at the Perlman Antibiotic Symposium!

  • February 21, 2012

    Congratulations to Reto and Tony for having two papers accepted for publication.  "Expedient Construction of Small-Molecule Macroarrays via Sequential Palladium- and Copper-Mediated Reactions and Their ex situ Biological Testing" will be appearing in Chemical Science, and "2-Aminobenziidazole Derivatives Strongly Inhibit and Disperse Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms" will be appearing in Angewandte Chemie.

  • January 07, 2012

    Congratulations to Helen Blackwell and David Lynn, who are proud parents of a beautiful baby boy, Alexander Richard Blackwell Lynn!


  • December 19, 2011

    Congratulations to Dr. Knick Praneenararat!  He successfully defended his thesis, "New Chemical Tools and Methods for the Modulation of Quorum Sensing in Gram-negative Bacteria."

  • December 15, 2011

    Congratulations to Helen for being selected as one of two Romnes Award recipients on the UW-Madison campus!  This award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), recognizes exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last four years.

  • September 20, 2011

    Congratulations to Drew!  His paper, "Attenuation of virulence in pathogenic bacteria using synthetic quorum-sensing modulators under native conditions on plant hosts," was accepted by ACS Chemical Biology today!

  • August 23, 2011

    Congratulations to Aaron and Joey!  Their paper, "Extraordinarily Robust Polyproline Type I Peptoid Helices Generated via the Incorporation of α-Chiral Aromatic N-1-Naphthylethyl Side Chains" was accepted as a full paper in JACS today!

  • August 10, 2011

    Congratulations to Reto!  He successfully defended his thesis today!

  • June 27, 2011

    Congratulations to Christie!  Her two papers describing the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of non-lactone AHL mimics were accepted by Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. Check Publications for details.

  • May 11, 2011

    Congratulations to Dr. Christie McInnis!  She successfully defended her thesis, "The Design, Synthesis, and Mechanistic Characterization of Quorum Sensing Modulators" today.

  • May 06, 2011

    Congratulations to Jacob!  He received Student Support in Chemistry (SSC) Scholarships for the summer and fall terms of 2011.

  • May 04, 2011

    Congratulations to Aaron!  He has been selected to participate in the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium this July at UC Santa Barbara.

  • April 12, 2011

    Congrats to Knick, Teresa, and Tony! Their paper, "Synthesis and Application of an N-Acylated L-Homoserine Lactone Derivatized Affinity Matrix for the Isolation of Quorum Sensing Signal Receptors" was accepted at Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters today.

  • April 19, 2011

    Congratulations to Amanda!  She has been selected as an NIH Chemical Biology Interface Predoctoral Trainee.

  • January 11, 2011

    Congrats to Helen who was selected as an AAAS Fellow today! Helen received this high honor for the development of a new chemical language to elucidate the mechanisms of bacterial communication, which has had a major impact on the understanding of bacterial growth and virulence. See the press release.

  • January 17, 2011

    Congrats to Aaron and Joey! Their paper, "Design and Conformational Analysis of Peptoids Containing N-Hydroxy Amides Reveals a Unique Sheet-Like Secondary Structure" was accepted at Biopolymers today.

  • January 10, 2011

    Congrats to Margie who had a paper accepted today in ChemBioChem. Check Publications for details.

  • January 10, 2011

    Congrats to Joey who had a paper accepted today in ACS Combinatorial Science. Check Publications for details.


  • November 01, 2009

    We welcome Amanda Senechal, a new first year, to the group.

  • July 01, 2009

    Congratulations to Tony Breitbach, who recieved the 2009 National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program (NIH CBI) Fellowship.

  • May 15, 2009

    Congratulations to Danielle Stacy, who received the 2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

  • March 31, 2009

    Congratulations to J. P. Gerdt, who received the 2009 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

  • February 11, 2009

    Welcome to Hannah Michelle Blackwell Lynn, the Blackwell Lab's youngest member, and congratulations to proud parents Helen Blackwell and David Lynn.


  • November 03, 2008

    A warm welcome to our new first years - Teresa Beary and J. P. Gerdt.

  • August 15, 2008

    Congratulations Dr. Sarah Fowler on your Thesis Defense.

  • August 12, 2008

    Congratulations Dr. Jenny Campbell O'Neill on your Thesis Defense.

  • August 15, 2008

    The Blackwell Lab is highlighted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Read the article)

  • April 02, 2008

    Congratulations Dr. Grant David Geske on your Thesis Defense.

  • March 15, 2008

    Our 2007 ACS Chemical Biology paper is featured by ACS Publications as one of the "Most Cited Articles published in 2007".


  • December 15, 2007

    Our recent quorum sensing paper (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 13613) is highlighted by Dave Spring and co-workers in ACS Chemical Biology (2007, 2, 715).

  • November 04, 2007

    Blackwell Lab featured in the Wisconsin State Journal. (Read the article)

  • November 01, 2007

    A big welcome to our new first years--Tony Breitbach, Aaron Crapster, Danielle Stacy, and Knick Praneenararat.

  • October 29, 2007

    Roland Jiaxun Li was born to the proud parents Qi Lin and Bo Li. Welcome to the Blackwell Lab's first honorary member.

  • September 15, 2007

    Helen Blackwell is named one of Popular Science's Annual Brilliant Ten. (Read the article)

  • September 15, 2007

    Our quorum sensing and antibacterial research is highlighted by Caltech News (Volume 41, Number 3, 2007). (Read the article)

  • September 15, 2007

    Jenny O'Neill and Helen Blackwell are featured in Brigham Young University's alumni magazine in an article about preparing for and pursuing graduate education. (Read the article)

  • August 17, 2007

    Jenny O’Neill received an ASM Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the 3rd Annual ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria in Austin, TX.

  • August 14, 2007

    Congratulations Ben Gorske on your Thesis Defense.

  • August 08, 2007

    Congratulations Qi Lin on your Thesis Defense.

  • July 25, 2007

    Monomer peptoid paper highlighted on "Faculty of 1000 Biology": Evaluations for Gorske BC et al. J Am Chem Soc 2007 Jul 25 129 (29) :8928-9.

  • July 15, 2007

    Margie Mattmann received the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award to attend the 234th ACS National Meeting in Boston.

  • May 15, 2007

    Ben Gorske received the UW-Madison Ralph Hirschmann/Dan Rich Graduate Award in Bioorganic Chemistry Research.

  • April 30, 2007

    Helen Blackwell wins a Dupont Young Professor Grant and receives a 2007 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

  • April 27, 2007

    Our antibacterial research (Chemistry & Biology, 2007) is covered on the local Madison CBS television station news. (Read the article) (Watch the tv clip)

  • April 15, 2007

    Our antibacterial research (Chemistry & Biology, 2007) is highlighted by UW Communications. (Read the article)

  • March 15, 2007

    Christie McInnis received the 2007 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

  • February 26, 2007

    Helen Blackwell is the recipient of a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

  • February 25, 2007

    Our quorum sensing research is highlighted in The New York Times (Sunday Business section). (Read the article)


  • November 08, 2006

    Perfluoro peptoid paper is highlighted on “Faculty of 1000 Biology”: Evaluations for Gorske BC & Blackwell HE J Am Chem Soc 2006 Nov 8 128 (44):14378-87.

  • October 15, 2006

    Our quorum sensing research is highlighted in the cover story for C & E News on bacterial communication. (Read the article)

  • September 15, 2006

    Ben Gorske received the 2006 M. J. Collins Award in Microwave-Assisted Chemistry.

  • September 15, 2006

    Interviewed for the radio show “The World Today” by the BBC about our quorum sensing research.

  • September 15, 2006

    Gave press release at 232 nd ACS Meeting ( San Francisco, CA on our quorum sensing research). Picked up by several news agencies, including: The Economist, Scientific American, and several other news agencies around the world. (Read the article)

  • July 15, 2006

    Congratulations Matt Bowman on your Thesis Defense.

  • May 15, 2006

    Matt Bowman received the UW-Madison Ralph Hirschmann/Dan Rich Graduate Award in Bioorganic Chemistry Research.

  • April 15, 2006

    Sarah Fowler received the 2006 Pfizer Diversity in Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship.

  • March 15, 2006

    Sarah Fowler received the 2006 ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Fellowship.

  • March 15, 2006

    Interviewed by the life sciences magazine, “The Scientist”, about our research and Helen profiled as a rising young star. Article published in June 2006 issue. (Read the article)


  • December 15, 2005

    Interviewed for Hi International Magazine on quorum sensing research (highlighted as a “face to watch”).

  • December 15, 2005

    Interviewed for Drug Discovery & Development about microwave work for December 2005 issue.

  • September 05, 2005

    Our 2005 quorum sensing JACS communication is highlighted in “Science & Technology Concentrates” section in the magazine C & E News.

  • May 15, 2005

    Jenny O’Neill received the 2005 Novartis Graduate Fellowship in Organic Chemistry.

  • April 15, 2005

    Grant Geske received the 2005 ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Fellowship.

  • March 15, 2005

    Interviewed about our quorum sensing research by: NPR - The Health Show, UW University Communications and The Badger Herald.


  • December 06, 2010

    The press is already talking about Drew's new paper, which was recently accepted by ChemBioChem.

  • November 11, 2010

    A joint paper with one of our collaborators, Jo Handelsman, is currently in press in Appl. Envir. Microbiol.

  • November 01, 2010

    Welcome to our two new first year graduate students, Joe Moore and Michael Welsh!

  • October 13, 2010

    Congratulations to Dr. Joey Stringer who successfully defended his thesis (I. Design and Construction of Small-Molecule Macroarrays for the Discovery of Antibacterial Compounds, II. Development and Implementation of New Design Strategies for the Generation of Discretely Folded Peptoids ) today!

  • October 11, 2010

    Congratulations to Dr. Margie Mattmann who successfully defended her thesis (Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Small Molecules for the Modulation of Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa) today!

  • October 06, 2010

    Congrats to Drew! His ExpR/LuxR comparison paper was accepted at ChemBioChem today. Look for it this fall on the Publications page.

  • September 01, 2010

    Our research on chemical signaling in bacteria was recently highlighted in the September 2010 issue of Discover magazine. Read the article here.

  • August 13, 2010

    Congrats to Tony! His paper on AHL release from PLG polymer films was accepted into Chem. Commun. today. Look for it this fall on the Publications page.

  • August 10, 2010

    Congrats to Joey and Aaron! Their paper on peptoids was accepted in JOC today. Look for it this fall on the Publications page.

  • July 19, 2010

    Congrats to Margie! Her perspective piece on small molecule modulators of QS in P. aeruginosa was accepted in JOC. Look for it this fall on the Publications page.

  • June 01, 2010

    The Blackwell labs are being renovated! Labs are being updated with new fume hoods and benches. Check back later for before and after pictures as this three-phase process unfolds.

  • April 15, 2010

    Congratulations to Teresa Beary, who recieved a Chemistry Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

  • February 22, 2010

    Helen Blackwell wins an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. See the write-up in the February 22 issue of C&EN.

  • February 01, 2010

    The Blackwell Lab website has seen a major overhaul. Explore the site to see what else we've been up to.