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Elizabeth Wright

Expert on the development and use of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) as applied to viruses, bacteria, and human cells.

Professor, Biochemistry College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-265-0666 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @erwright73


  • How do bacteria move and make contact? Bacteria use special appendages, pili and flagella, to move and connect with surfaces.
  • How do viruses, like HIV, assemble? Viruses replicate within a host cell and essential components are transported to sites of assembly where they are released.
  • What is cryo-EM? Cryo-EM is a structural biology technique where samples (bacteria, viruses, etc) are embedded in an ice layer and imaged by electron microscopes.


  • Director of the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center at UW-Madison
  • Director of the NIH National Service Network Hub for Cryo-Electron Tomography