News Archive


Congratulations to Ashleigh Theberge

3/27/15: Former postdoctoral trainee Ashleigh Theberge has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Washington (Seattle). Congratulations Dr. Theberge!

New EPA Center funded on campus

3/25/15: Congratulations to METC members Bill Murphy (PI), Jamie Thomson, David Beebe, Nader Sheibani and Linda Schuler on their new EPA Star award to create the Human Models for Analysis of Pathways (H-MAPs) Center.

Congratulations to graduate student Ali Chesney!

2/2015: Ali has been awarded a Science Curriculum Internationalization Award of $10,000.


New Urological Center on campus

10/2014: One of only three in the nation, the George O’Brien Center will focus on researching benign urological disease. Will Ricke is the PI, and other METC affiliates Wade Bushman, Dale Bjorling, Chad Vezina and Wei Xu are also involved in leading the new center.

Chris Bradfield

Received the 2014 Kenneth P. DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement from the MRC-SOT.

Linda Schuler

Received the 2014 Doris Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Anna Huttenlocher

Received the Arthritis Foundation of Dane County’s 2014 Community Impact Leadership Award.

Bill Karasov

Named AAAS Fellow:

Lingjun Li

Winner of Biemann Medal:

Vincent Cryns, MD

UW doctors make breakthrough in breast cancer research – Scientists found protein that cancer cells use to spread to brain Article

Colin Jefcoate, PhD

Helmut Beinert Professor of Biochemistry, was appointed to a WARF named chair for research on identifying molecular mechanisms exploited by toxic agents such as dioxin to disrupt cellular signaling conducted by hormones and other proteins.

Bill Dove, PhD

Received the 2013 Emeritus Faculty Award in Basic Sciences by the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. This award is given to a basic scientist who demonstrated long and effective service to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in teaching and/or research or noteworthy administration, including program development. Article

Wei Xu, PhD

Eeceived the 2013 Society of Toxicology Achievement Award. This award is presented to a member of the Society of Toxicology who has made significant contributions to toxicology. Article

Emery Bresnick

Professor of cell and regenerative biology, earned a Kellett award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation – Article

Patricia Keely

Professor of cell and regenerative biology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, earned a Romnes award, which recognizes exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last four years. – Article

2013-January – Lynn Allen-Hoffmann

Burn patients avoid painful surgery in trial of skin substitute
“This is the first skin substitute to ever achieve this level of efficacy, potency and consistency in severe burns,” Lynn Allen-Hoffman, CEO and chief scientific officer, said in a statement. – Article

2012-Oct – Joel Pedersen

Center gets small to study nanoparticles in environment – “A lot of studies have been conducted with whole organisms examining rather severe effects — like death — that only appear at high concentrations,” says Joel Pedersen, an environmental chemistry professor in UW-Madison’s Soil Science Department. “Some of the more subtle effects are only beginning to be examined.” – Article

2012-March – Chris Bradfield

Twleve outstanding faculty members at UW-Madison have been named winners of this year’s Kellett Mid-Career Awards. Included was METC Director Chris Bradfield. His research team has identified the cellular receptor for the pollutant dioxin and has helped defined the molecular clock that governs circadian behavior and physiology. Article

2011-October – Lynn Allen-Hoffmann

$4.6 million grant will help Stratatech start clinical trials of skin substitute
Read more: Wisconsin State Journal

2011-October – Bill Karasov

UW-Madison to collaborate on new federal Climate Science Center
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among several institutions that will collaborate through a new federal Northeast Climate Science Center to study the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources. Article

2011-May – Emery Bresnick

Dr. Emery Bresnick, professor of cell and regenerative biology and member of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center at the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), has been given a coveted MERIT Award by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Article

2011-May – Yongna Xing

Two Wisconsin researchers, including a University of Wisconsin-Madison oncologist, have been named Shaw Scientists by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Article

2011-March – Bruce Klein

Four professors honored with Hilldale Awards The top honor for faculty members who have excelled in teaching, research, and service in areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, social studies and arts and humanities. Article

2011-March – Anna Huttenlocher

One of Eleven awarded Kellett Mid-Career Award – The Kellett award, supported by WARF recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who hare five to twenty years past the first promotion to a tenured posiiton. Each winner receives $60,000 flexible research award. Article

2011-January – Lingjun Li

Awarded H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship This unrestricted 5-year research award recognizes the University’s most outstanding recently tenured faculty. Article

METC promotes research at UW-Madison and the UW System that addresses fundamental mechanisms through which toxicants produce adverse effects; provides ways to assess or predict the impact of these agents on humans and other species; develops biological and physicochemical processes that can control releases or deplete the environment of these harmful agents. Programs of the METC are supported in part by grants T32 ES07015 and T35 ES07295 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

2007- MERIT R37Susan Smith

Smith’s research into the molecular mechanisms underlying alcohol’s damage to the fetus was awarded the MERIT designation by the National Institutes of Health in August 2007. The MERIT recognizes research of especial significance and originality.

2005 – Accelerated AgingTomas A. Prolla

Understanding mechanism of accelerated aging. Mitochondrial DNA Mutations, Oxidative Stress, and Apoptosis in Mammalian Aging. Science 2005 Jul; 309:481-484.

2005 Nrf2Jeffrey A. Johnson Lab

Description of molecular mechanism by which transcription factor Nrf2, bound to the promoter sequence ARE (antioxidant responsive element) protects different cell types, providing therapeutic potential in prevention of carcinogenesis and neurodegenerative diseases. Title: Protection from mitrochondrial complex II inhibition in vitro and in vivo by Nrf2-mediated transcription. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2005 Jan 4; 102(1):244-9. Nrf2, a multi-organ protector? FASEB J 2005 July; 19(9):1061-1066.

2004-Dioxin/Prostate Development – Labs of Ralph M. Albrecht and Richard E. Peterson

Observation of how dioxin inhibits prostate development. Title: 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin inhibits prostatic epithelial bud formation by acting directly on the urogenital sinus. J Urol. 2004 Jul; 172(1):365-368.

2004-Green Tea/Prostate Cancer – Labs of Nihal Ahmad and Hasan Mukhtar

Demonstration that drinking green tea inhibits prostate cancer growth. Title: Oral Consumption of Green Tea Polyphenols Inhibits Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I-Induced Signaling in an Autochthonous Mouse Model of Prostate Cancer. Cancer Res 2004 Dec; 64:8715-8722.

2002-MERIT R37Christopher A. Bradfield

Understanding the significance and role of the family of transcriptional regulators known as PAS proteins, which control a number of processes including xenobiotic metabolism, circadian rhythms, angiogenesis, and neurogenesis

2000-MERIT R37Richard E. Peterson

Research on the developmental reproductive toxicity of TCDD