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Helen Blackwell

Helen Blackwell

Expert on chemical biology of cell-cell signaling in bacteria, bioorganic chemistry, and organic synthesis

Professor, chemistry College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-1503 Home page


  • Bacterial quorum sensing
  • Biofilm formation and virulence
  • Small molecule probe development
  • New methods for rapid-throughput synthesis
  • Peptiomimetics


  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
  • UW–Madison Romnes Professorship Award, 2011
  • American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2010
  • UW–Madison Vilas Associates Professorship Award, 2010
  • Popular Science “Brilliant 10” Award, 2007
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2006
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award, 2006
  • New Scientist “Scientist to Watch”, 2006
  • MIT Technology Review “Top 35 Innovator in the World Under the Age of 35”, 2005