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The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state. Learn more about CALS.

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With genomics today, we can understand what different organisms are doing at the molecular level. And we can bring together the traits of different organisms to make new, useful compounds.

Victor Ujor

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Victor Ujor

Victor Ujor’s fascination with microorganisms — bacteria, fungi, viruses — began with an issue of Time magazine. What he encountered in the pages of that publication, combined with a passion for the life sciences, led him to pursue microbiology. A native of Enugu, Nigeria, he studied microbiology and fermentation at his hometown university, where he dabbled in home brewing to gain a deeper understanding of the microorganisms he loves. He then earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Westminster in London. Now, as an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science, Ujor leads a campus lab that studies how microbiological tools, such as molecular engineering and natural fermentation biology, can convert waste products into biofuels, renewable chemicals, and sustainable materials. His main goal is to use these processes to help solve the world’s ecological challenges, from climate change to population growth.
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