BadgerConnect 2020

Over 115 people attended the third annual BadgerConnect Research Services Fair that took place November 9-13, 2020. Virtual events throughout the week included a Core Panel Discussion about a research pipeline on campus, a Research Talk that highlighted how research services contributed to their projects, two core Webinars, and a culminating Networking Reception with the cores, vendors, and attendees. Many Core Flashtalks and Tutorials were posted online pre, during and post-meeting. Here are some fun facts from the 2020 BadgerConnect event:

  • This was our first virtual event! The flashtalks, tutorials, and most live events remain posted on the BadgerConnect Webpage for viewing.
  • 27 different research services and 8 different vendors participated in the event.
  • 86% of survey respondents said they would attend the event again in the future, and many said they would use a service as a result of information they learned at BadgerConnect
  • An average of 20 people attended each live event.


Hosted by UW Carbone and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health 

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To view highlights from last year’s event, please scroll below or visit the BadgerConnect 2019 page.


Congratulations to our winner, Emily Ricke!

For every time you tweet #BadgerConnect20 or attend a live session, you’ll be entered in a Prize Drawing for a 50% off voucher (up to $200) good for use at one of the participating research services listed below!

Key Themes

Discuss projects with UW life science research services

Learn about cutting-edge technologies and the latest products provided by the services and their industry partners

Discover how your colleagues’ research has been supported by UW research services

Thank you to our participating research services and industry partners who helped make this virtual event possible. For more information and a complete list, please scroll down!


Monday, November 9

Live Panel Discussion

12:00-1:00 PM CST

Live Recording
Building Research Pipelines Spanning Multiple Cores

Join a panel of Core Staff and Core Customers to discuss identifying the need and establishing connections between cores and researchers to create a successful research pipeline. This panel will feature members of the Flow Cytometry Lab, Gene Expression Core, DNA Sequencing Facility and Genome Editing and Animal Models Core as well as a researcher using one of our established pipelines to isolate cells for single-cell genomics.

Hosted by Flow Cytometry (host) with Genome Editing, DNA Sequencing, and Gene Expression cores and Shanmuganayaham Lab

Wednesday, November 11

Live Webinars

4:00 – 5:00 PM CST

Live Recording
Leading Breakthrough Science Teams

As the size and scope of collaborative research grows, research teams are increasingly looking for support in leading high-impact, breakthrough teams. UW-ICTR is developing tools and resources to provide that support for both faculty and staff who lead scientific teams. We will discuss the challenges of leading scientific teams, then discuss one evidence-based approach to addressing those challenges: Collaboration Planning, an interactive process designed to help teams work through the mechanics of how the group will collaborate, including preemptively addressing many of the challenges of conducting team-science research through transparency, shared governance, and shared decision-making.

Hosted by UW-ICTR and UWCCC Team Science

Tuesday, November 10

Live Invited Research Talk

10:00-11:00 AM CST

Live Recording
Genome-edited swine models to study disease and build models for therapeutics

The talk will provide two examples of how genetic engineering of swine was utilized, one, for the study of a genetic disorder in children called Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and second, for exploring a solution to tackle the donor organ shortage crisis in the area of human transplantation.

Featuring Dr. Dhanansayan Shanmuganayagam and hosted by Dr. Dustin Rubinstein of the Genome Editing and Animal Models Core

Thursday, November 12

Live Webinars

10:00 – 11:00 AM CST

Live Recording
SPECT/CT: What our newest addition can add to your research

We will introduce you to our new SPECT/CT imaging system, including an overview of instrument specs and operations, and how this technology can enhance your research in animal models.

Hosted by Small Animal Imaging & Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) with Industry Partner MILabs

Live Networking Reception

Friday, November 13

12:00 – 1:00 PM CST

Zoom Link *

Attendees can jump in and out of breakout rooms at will for Q/A time with research services and their industry partners, which will be grouped by area of study or research pipeline categories as listed below.

*Please use the most recent update of the Zoom Desktop or Mobile app for the networking reception to avoid any issues with using the breakout room feature

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Bioinformatics Resource Center
BioStatistics Shared Resource


Data Science Hub
Electronic Laboratory Notebooks
Team Science


Cancer Pharmacology Lab
Medicinal Chemistry Center
Meso Scale Discovery
Small Molecule Screening Facility

Cytek Biosciences Inc
Flow Cytometry Laboratory
Genome Editing and Animal Models Core
Humanized Mouse Core
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Biochemistry Optical Core
Carl Zeiss Microscopy LLC
Circulating Biomarker Core
Waisman Center Cellular Imaging and Analysis


Analytical Instrumentation Mass Spectrometry Facility
Cancer Metabolomics
Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Facility


Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program
Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility
WIMR Imaging Services


Pre-Recorded Content


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Visium Spatial Gene Expression

Video Tutorial

Measure and map gene activity relative to where in your tissue section is occurring

Hosted by Translational Research Initiatives in Pathology (TRIP) with Gene Expression Center (GEC)

Making of a Mouse Model: From Embryo to Gene Edit

Video Tutorial

Experts in GEAM-AM will give a step-by-step on how they collect, microinject and transfer fertilized embryos to generate gene-edits in animal models.

Hosted by Genome Editing and Animal Models (GEAM-AM)

Electronic Laboratory Notebook Overview: LabArchvies

Video Tutorial

We’ll give a basic demo showing off some of the features of LabArchives. We will show examples to help labs visualize how they could use this tool for their own work.

Hosted by Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN) with Industry Partner LabArchives

Coverslipping Made Easy for Optimal Histo Results

Video Tutorial

Histotechnologists from EAPL will demo the ideal materials, reagents and technique for coverslipping tissue slides after staining, to help ensure the best results in your histology analyses.

Hosted by Experimental Animal Pathology Lab (EAPL)

Core Flash Talks


Twenty-two core facilities will participate with short video overviews of their core and how they serve research.

Video Library

Sponsoring Industry Partners