Learn about the program's unique curriculum, world-class faculty and convenient schedule. In just two years, you can earn your degree while still working full-time.
Richard Moss, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
Executive Director and Co-founder, M.S. in Biotechnology Program
Kurt Zimmerman, M.S.
Director, Industry Engagement, SMPH
Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Bryan Husk, M.A.
Assistant Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
Michele Smith, MS SCT(ASCP)
Program Manager, Master of Science in Biotechnology Program
The Master of Science of Biotechnology Program brings together the expertise of the University of Wisconsin's world-class faculty, and the applied experience of the region's most successful biotechnology leaders from private industry.
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Dave Lewis, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer (former)
UW Carbone Cancer Center
The M.S. in Biotechnology program has over 350 alumni since its first graduates in 2004.
Each year the value of the alumni network strengthens as more students graduate and grow their careers.
Alumni by Graduating Class:
This in-depth course explores the complex process of drug discovery.
Classroom and lab sessions will give you a comprehensive look at early stage discovery—from disease mechanisms and target identification through formulation delivery and safety pharmacology.
You'll receive in-depth scientific information from faculty and special presenters from biotech firms, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.
At the end of the course, you'll understand the processes, technologies, scientific principles and major challenges of the early drug discovery process as it continues to evolve.
Here are some of the topics taught in this course:
Session 1: Introduction to Drug Discovery and Target Identification
Session 2: Target Identification and Validation
Session 3: Assays in Drug Discovery
Session 4: Lead Identification and Drug Design, Optimization and Medicinal Chemistry; Vaccines
Session 5: Next Generation Sequencing, Antibodies and Diversity, and Drug Delivery
Session 6: Drug Formulation; Preclinical Studies for Toxicology and Immunogenicity; Ethical Issues in Personalized Medicine
Session 7: Drug Discovery Case Studies; Final Course Discussion
Prospective StudentsBiotech at UW-Madison
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