UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Pioneering Human Genetics

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.437′ N, 89° 24.605′ W
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University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

While a University of Wisconsin genetics professor from 1960 to 1988, Oliver Smithies pioneered the targeted genetic modification of mouse embryonic stem cells. This discovery led to the development of "knockout" mice, which became an indispensable tool for studying the function of mammalian genes and understanding the root causes of human diseases. His earlier invention of gel electrophoresis also led to numerous molecular biology discoveries, including the sequencing of the human genome. Smithies shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
The marker is located in front of the Genetics Biochemistry Center on one-way northbound Henry Mall, just north of its intersection with University Avenue, at 425 Henry Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NobelPrize.org: Oliver Smithies

Wikipedia: Oliver Smithies

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

UW-Madison Map and Parking

Click here for a list of all markers located on the UW-Madison campus.

The marker is visible to the left of the stairs to the far left.

The marker is located on the campus of UW-Madison.

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