Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Course Descriptions

Early Drug Discovery


  • Dave Lewis, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Machleidt, Ph.D.
  • Scott Wildman, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
  • 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 Topics from Fall 2019

    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

    Question about the degree?
    Contact Bryan

    Bryan Husk
    Assistant Director
    Phone: (608) 265-0773
    Contact Bryan Husk, Assistant Director, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison
    Class of 2021 Schedule

    Fall 2019 | Spring 2020
    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

    Class of 2022 Schedule

    Fall 2020 | Spring 2021
    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022

    Class of 2023 Schedule

    Fall 2021 | Spring 2022
    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023

    Class of 2024 Schedule

    Fall 2022 | Spring 2023
    Fall 2023 | Spring 2024