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W. John Kao, PhD

University of Wisconsin


W. John Kao, PhD


W. John Kao, PhD,is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Pharmacy, Surgery, and Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison. He is an executive director of the UW CTSI, where he provides oversight over core laboratories & centers resources and coordinates novel therapeutics discovery and development platform. Prof. Kao has effectively integrated this unique faculty appointment in the multidisciplinary training of students and the execution of research projects that have broad impacts ranging from basic science and engineering to clinical medicine. Moreover, his extensive involvement with industry, regulatory, and public policy-making agencies has enabled him to build a record in successfully translating enabling technologies to pre-clinical and clinical applications, an important perspective that has given him necessary tools and experiences to decipher this most complex process.