Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Outreach and Lab Manager



(608) 316-4656


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I develop and lead educational courses and live public science events that happen in the Town Center, embedded teaching labs and Discovery Niches for K-12 students, families, and adults. I collaborate with others in Discovery Outreach as well as with campus entities (including the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) to create high-quality programs focused on STEM outreach and the Wisconsin Idea. I also help manage our teaching lab spaces, equipment, undergraduate staff, and relationships with key external partners and teachers. Almost every day of the year, we run K-12 programs, afterschool expeditions, field trips, summer camps, the Wisconsin Science Festival, Saturday Science, adult programs, or other special events and programs for community science outreach.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
  • Structural Biology
  • X-Ray Crystallography
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Metabolomics
  • K-12 Education
  • Undergraduate Education
  • Biology and Chemical Education
  • Informal Education


M.S. Chemistry, 2011, University of Illinois-Chicago

B.S. Biochemistry, 2008, Beloit College


Sanger Scholar Research Grant

Edward Stevens Research Fellowship

Frank and Joyce Hildebrand Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Selected Publications

Thermodynamics of DNA in Disparate Strand Concentrations, 2008, The Beloit Biologist.