UW–Madison bacteriologist Tim Donohue wins award from the American Society for Microbiology

Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) Interim Director and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Director Tim Donohue speaks at an event celebrating GLBRC's selection by the Department of Energy for five additional years of funding. The event took place at the WEI Building in Madison, Wis. on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Matthew Wisniewski, WEI

Tim Donohue, UW Foundation Fetzer-Bascom Professor of Bacteriology, has been awarded the 2018 Promega Biotechnology Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The award is supported by the Promega Corporation, an international bioscience corporation headquartered in Madison, Wis.

Donohue won for his “outstanding contributions to the application of biotechnology through fundamental microbiological research and development.” Past recipients of the award include Scripps Research Institute chemist and former UW–Madison faculty member Ben Shen (2015), Harvard University geneticist George Church (2009), University of Washington microbiologist Stanley Fields (2000), and Princeton University geneticist David Botstein (1998).

“Given the award’s history, the stature of past award winners, and the strong connections of Promega to the microbial sciences and the State of Wisconsin, I am deeply honored to be selected for this award,” says Donohue.

Donohue, who serves as director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and interim director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, has been on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for more than 30 years. In his research, he analyzes pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, or produce alternative fuels from sunlight or other renewable sources of energy. Throughout his career, he has also served on federal research panels, editorial boards, and advisory committees, and led a number of cross-disciplinary research programs. Donohue is a former president of ASM and currently the acting secretary.

We look forward to continued biotechnology breakthroughs for the people and industries of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

Tim Donohue

Donohue has served as director of the GLBRC since its creation in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy. GLBRC conducts collaborative research that seeks to enable the sustainable production of specialty biofuels and bio-products from dedicated bioenergy crops such as switchgrass, sorghum, and poplar. Under Donohue’s leadership, GLBRC has published over 1,000 papers, and generated over 160 patent applications, 80 licenses and options, and five start-up companies.

“This award also recognizes the successes of GLBRC and the innovations our research is providing to an emerging sector of the biotechnology economy,” says Donohue. “We look forward to continued biotechnology breakthroughs for the people and industries of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.”