Elizabeth Wright

Professor of Biochemistry, Morgridge Institute for Research Affiliate

Cryo-EM Research Center Director

College of Letters & Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth Wright is a Professor of Biochemistry, Morgridge Institute for Research affiliate, and Director of the Cryo-EM Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to joining UW–Madison, Wright was an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics, at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Emory’s Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core. Wright had postdoctoral positions at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University.

Wright’s research interests revolve around the development and use of advanced light and electron microscopy imaging technologies to study complex biology. She develops and uses cryo-electron microscopy methods and molecular biology approaches to explore the 3D structures of viruses, bacteria, and mammalian cells with the goal of using this information to aid in the development of novel antimicrobials, therapeutics, and vaccines.

  • Cryo-EM
  • Development of antimicrobials, therapeutics, and vaccines
  • Advanced light and electron microscopy imaging