Ophelia Venturelli is awarded the national ACS Synthetic Biology Young Investigator Award!
May 4, 2023
ACS Synthetic Biology, in partnership with The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, is proud to announce the winner of the 2023 ACS Synthetic Biology Young...
Congratulations to Julie DuClos for winning the NSF GRFP 2023!
March 30, 2023
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the 2023 awards in its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), a prestigious and competitive fellowship that helps support outstanding graduate research across the..
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...
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...
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...
Labs Are Assembling Synthetic Genes, and It's Cheaper Than Ever
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?...
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...
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...
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...
Scientists Develop and Apply New Tool for Studying the Dynamics of Microbial Communities
May 18, 2020
Microbial communities perform diverse chemical and physical transformations in every environment on Earth. These communities...
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!
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...