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Machine learning begins to understand the human gut

July 07, 2022

New computer model accurately predicts behavior of millions of microbial communities from hundreds of experiments, an advance toward precision medicine.

The communities formed by human gut microbes can...

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Freeman Lan wins prestigious award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career at the Scientific Interface. Congratulations!

June 02, 2022

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Board of Directors is pleased...

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Venturelli Lab is awarded a Research Forward grant with collaborators to study secondary bile acid transformations in human gut communities

June 02, 2022

Bile acids (BAs) are synthesized in the liver, have antimicrobial effects, facilitate the absorption of lipids...

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Labs Are Assembling Synthetic Genes, and It's Cheaper Than Ever

April08, 2022

A new study compares the emerging field of gene synthesis to computation, which rapidly transformed labs and scientific fields. Could synthetic biology have a similar impact on our world?...

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Channeling Goldilocks creates a lab environment for cells that’s ‘just right’

April 05, 2022

Humans breathe in a mix of air containing roughly 21% oxygen—yet, the oxygen levels in our individual cells vary considerably, depending upon their location and function and our body’s overall state...

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A Key Control Knob for Microbiome Metabolism

March 01, 2022

Researchers are uncovering the complex mechanisms by which human gut bacteria accomplish a variety of functions, from transforming compounds derived from food into nutrition for the host to producing molecules that...

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Crop Harvests and Bacterial Blends

October 22, 2021

Drive down Wisconsin’s county roads on a crisp fall day and you'll see farmers maneuvering combines across their fields, harvesting bushels upon bushels of corn. Farmers help ensure a bountiful harvest by applying fertilizers that provide crops with vital nutrients...

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Venturelli R21 to Provide Major Advance for Personalized Microbiome Therapies

September 21, 2021

Clostridioides difficile, an antibiotic-resistant intestinal pathogen, is the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections in the United States. Treatment of a Clostridioides difficile, also...

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Computational Design of Microbial Communities 

July 12, 2021

Assistant professor of biochemistry Ophelia Venturelli studies how to design synthetic microbial communities with tailored functions of interest.

Microbial communities are everywhere in...

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Venturelli Lab receives NIAID R21 to study horizontal gene transfer in the human gut microbiome 

March 16, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli has been awarded an Exploratory/ Developmental Research Grant (R21) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

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Venturelli Lab and colleagues received $5.8M DOE grant to study the systems biology of sorghum nitrogen fixation 

November 24, 2020

Biochemistry scientists are in good company among the many CALS researchers who have worked to harness the power of plants to fix nitrogen in the...

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The Venturelli Lab has received an NIH grant!

September 22, 2020

The Venturelli Lab has received an NIH grant to design next-generation bacterial therapeutics for precise control of microbiome dynamics and functions using tools from synthetic biology and computational...

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Venturelli's article is one of Molecular Systems Biology’s most cited articles in recent publication history!

March 24, 2020

Deciphering microbial interactions in synthetic human gut microbiome communities published in Molecular Systems Biology, is among the journal’s top cited papers!

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Venturelli team receives
2019 WARF Innovation Award!

November 05, 2019

The 2019 WARF Innovation Award winners are: Mark Saffman (physics) and Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero, Ryan Hsu and Jin Wen Tan (biochemistry). Saffman has developed simplified optical...

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Ryan & Ryan's paper on inferring microbial interaction networks in microfluidic droplets is published in Cell Systems! 
September 25, 2019


Microbial interactions are major drivers of microbial community dynamics and functions but remain...

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Venturelli Receives Gates Grand Challenges Grant for Exploratory Work on Microbiome and Malnutrition 
June 13, 2019


With a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists Ophelia Venturelli and Brian Pfleger...

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Venturelli, WID's Handelsman Earn Army Research Office Grant to Study Microbial Communication

April 25, 2019

Two University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have been awarded more than $1 million as part of the multidisciplinary university research initiative from...

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Venturelli Makes 'Future of Biochemistry: The International Issue' List 
February 18, 2019

Assistant professor of biochemistry Ophelia Venturelli was recently named to a list of 34 young researchers featured in the journal Biochemistry’s “Future of Biochemistry...

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Dynamic modeling helps predict the behaviors of gut microbes
June 21, 2018

The human gut is teeming with microbes, each interacting with one another in a mind-boggling network of positive and negative exchanges. Some produce substances that serve as food for other microbes, while...

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Greater Milwaukee Foundation invests $400,000 in careers of Wisconsin scientists 
May 16, 2017

Two researchers in the University of Wisconsin system have earned seed funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist program to pursue...