UWM’s Ava Udvadia wins UW System Regent Scholar Award

Ava Udvadia, UWM associate professor of biological sciences, discusses her research into how some animals, such as fish, can regenerate their nerve cells, something that humans can’t do. She also talks about how student researchers are a vital part of her work.

Udvadia has been named by the University of Wisconsin System as one of three 2021 Regent Scholar recipients. The honor recognizes both Udvadia’s research into the genetics that allow healing of nerve damage and also her efforts to encourage undergraduates to participate in that work.

The UWS Regent Scholar program, which was introduced in 2014, provides a one-time $50,000 grant to individual faculty members or campus programs that undertake undergraduate research projects having the potential to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development.