Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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A program as unique as you are.

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

  1. A curriculum like no other that integrates topics in science, business and law
  2. Powerful skills that bring the "big picture" of life science product development and commercialization into clear focus
  3. Exclusive evening/weekend courses allowing you to work full-time while enrolled, and
  4. A completed degree in less than two years

What's Being Taught This Week?

Year II: Early Drug Discovery
Session 3: Next Generation Sequencing and Biochemical and Cellular Assays in Drug Discovery
Thursday, September 29, (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
and Friday morning (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Conf. Room 50, MG&E Building, University Research Park

Faculty Instructors: Thomas Machleidt, Ph.D.; Gene McNally, Ph.D. and Dave Lewis, Ph.D.

After this session, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate and describe a disease target and how it was identified, including the molecular pathway involved (Assignment 1 presentations).
  • Understand the comparative values of biochemical vs. cell based assays.
  • Understand the difference between mechanistic and phenotypic assays, including the importance of target engagement and binding.
  • Understand the purpose and benefit of performing primary, secondary, counter and safety screens.

Featured Speakers

  • Kurt Vogel, Ph.D.
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Topic: Introduction to High Throughput Screening for Drug Discovery: Biochemical Assay Platforms

  • Matt Robers, MS
    Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader, Promega Corporation
    Topic: Challenges in Characterizing Drug Binding to Protein Targets
  • Dave O'Connor
    Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW-Madison
    Topic: Ultradeep Sequencing
The curriculum at a glance

Question about the degree?
Contact Natalie

Natalie Betz, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (608) 274-4330, Ext. 1272
nabetz@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Question about admissions?
Contact Bryan

Bryan Husk, MA
Assistant Director
Phone: (608) 263-0773
bthusk@wisc.edu
Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison