Dr. Marsha Mailick is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position she assumed in 2015. A UW–Madison alumna, Mailick joined the faculty in 1988, and in 2002, became director of the Waisman Center, a large multidisciplinary center with a focus on developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. The Waisman Center houses Waisman Biomanufacutuing which delivers efficient translation of scientific discoveries for early stage clinical trials by developing manufacturing processes and quality control methods in conjunction with providing overall product development and regulatory support. She also served as interim director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
The focus of Dr. Mailick’s research is on the life course trajectory of developmental disabilities. She is interested in how the behavioral phenotype of specific developmental disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome, changes during adolescence, adulthood, and old age, and the impact on the family.