Two engineers among UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellowship recipients
Two engineering faculty are among eight promising young UW-Madison faculty who have been honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowships.
The Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last four years. Selected by a Graduate School committee, 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 chairman of the board of AT&T and former president of the WARF board of trustees.
Patricia Keely, professor of cell and regenerative biology and biomedical engineering, focuses on how cellular interactions with the extracellular matrix are altered during carcinogenesis, to result in invasive, metastatic carcinoma. She leads the Tumor Microenvironment Program at the Carbone Cancer Center, and serves as director of the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program.
Eric Shusta, professor of chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering, researches drug delivery to the brain and the development of molecular, cellular and protein engineering tools that can help gain a better understanding of blood-brain barrier function. His work has drawn an NSF CAREER Award, the American Chemical Society Biotechnology Division Young Investigator Award, and a College of Engineering Outstanding Instructor Award.