This spring, Professors Joshua Coon and David Lynn have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships. The Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. The winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The award is named for the late H.I. Romnes, former president of the WARF Board of Trustees.
The Coon group develops instruments for mass spectrometry and proteomics to address fundamental questions in cell biology. Their work provides unprecedented insight into cellular signaling, in particular the molecular events that commit human embryonic stem cells to exit the pluripotent state.
The Lynn group designs and creates materials such as polymers and surfactants to solve biomedical and biotechnological problems. Among other areas of research, they are developing surfaces that prevent bacterial communication and materials that can release drugs in a controlled way in living cells.