Based within the WID’s Illuminating Discovery Hub (ID Hub), the Kohler Fellows program operates under a collaborative leadership model. All team members lead fellowship sessions and general programming.


Meet the Team:

Ginger Ann, Executive Director, Illuminating Discovery Hub
Ginger Ann is a science-art fusion content creator working to transform science storytelling through programming, resources, training and toolkits for WID, the UW campus and beyond. She draws on her multiracial background, matrilineal teachings and educational training as a Bioarchaeologist and Actor to cultivate novel science art fusion initiatives and projects that serve the public good. Ginger’s programs include: Science to Street Art – teaming artists and scientists to create science public art and engagement; and Science to Script – pairing writers with scientists to foster diverse science stories within mass media.

Ginger Ann provides strategic direction for the Kohler Fellows program, and directs science-art fusion and art administration needs.

Laura Langley, Executive Assistant to the Director, WID
Laura Langley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a background in museum studies, customer service and private-sector program management. As the Executive Assistant to the Director of WID, she manages the Director’s day-to-day schedule, assists with special projects, and especially enjoys interacting with the diverse community of WID on a daily basis.

Laura provides Kohler Fellow program management and is often your first point of contact regarding the fellowship. Contact Laura at:

John Yin, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
John Yin grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., studied in NYC and Berkeley, CA, as well as Germany, but he has now finally settled down with wife and two boys in Madison in biking distance to the University.
Research Description: Viruses cause a diversity of human diseases including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome(AIDS), influenza, hepatitis, and cancer. The focus of our research is to develop new experimental and computational methods to better understand how viruses grow and how their infections spread. Our ultimate goal is to apply these methods to create more effective vaccines, design potent anti-viral therapies, and engineer useful viruses. We currently study human rhinovirus, which causes the common cold and promotes asthma in infants, and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a virus that may be engineered to destroy cancers.

John as the Kohler Fellow faculty advisor provides science expertise, networks and resources for science-art fusion project implementation.