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Richard Burgess

Richard Burgess

Expert on protein purification, regulation of gene expression, history and development of biotechnology business in Madison

Professor emeritus, oncology School of Medicine and Public Health Work: 608-263-2635 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • History of Wisconsin biotechnology business community
  • UW Biotechnology Center founding, development and impact on Wisconsin
  • Protein purification and biochemistry, uses of enzymes for practical purposes
  • Bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and new antibiotic discovery
  • History and discovery of the first transcription factor (sigma factor)


  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Academy of Microbiology
  • Founding director, UW Biotechnology Center
  • Co-founder, Madison biotechnology company ConjuGon Inc.
  • Editor in chief of journal Protein Expression and Purification
  • Editor, "Guide to Protein Purification," 2nd Edition, Methods in Enzymology, 2009