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Bill Murphy named Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center co-director

Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Associate Professor Bill Murphy has been named co-director of the UW-Madison Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center. He joins Timothy Kamp, professor of cardiovascular medicine, at the helm.

Murphy served on the SCMRC’s first executive committee in 2007. More recently, as associate director, he led the formation of new scientific focus groups within the center. His lab team designs and synthesizes new “bioinspired” biomaterials to address a variety of regenerative medicine challenges, including stem cell differentiation, tissue regeneration, and controlled drug delivery. He is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award and the Wisconsin Vilas Associate Award.

“I am delighted that Bill has agreed to increase his leadership role within the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center,” Kamp says. “Having Bill as co-director will help us reach across campus and empower interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly with colleagues in the College of Engineering. Bill and I share a common view of the importance of collaborative research and translational studies in this complex but incredibly promising field.”  

It is a privilege to help lead such a unique and important center, Murphy says. “I look forward to working with Tim to build upon the strong foundation of stem cell science at Wisconsin," he says.

The co-directors work with the SCRMC executive committee, staff and members to chart the course of this diverse and growing center: The SCRMC now boasts more than 85 faculty members spanning more than 30 departments, schools, colleges and centers across campus.

Mark Riechers