Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Course Descriptions

Molecular Technologies I: Diagnostic Testing


  • Karin Borgh, Ph.D.
  • Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
  • Eric Vincent, Ph.D.
  • Here students play the role of staff scientists evaluating the technical merits and feasibility of competing molecular technologies.

    The innovative curriculum focuses on biotechnology methods and practice, effective written and oral scientific communication, genetic mutation detection and the role of automation in biotechnology.

    In hands-on laboratory sessions, you'll perform nucleic acid purification, quantitation and analysis, and PCR and RT-PC-based analyses.

    You'll enhance your working understanding of molecular biology and biotechnology with training in scientific communication.

    You'll learn how to maintain a laboratory notebook, write strong essays and papers, give effective presentations, write technical protocols, and plan and prepare laboratory meetings and team presentations.

    Here are some of the topics taught in this course:

    Session Topics from Fall 2019

    Session 1: Introduction to MT I, Scientific Conduct, Experimental Design, and Data Analysis; Effective Communication Skills Workshop

    Session 2: Mutation Detection Technologies and Nucleic Acid Purification Laboratory, Introduction to PCR, SNPs, and Mutation Detection

    Session 3: Nucleic Acid Analysis and Quantitation and Mutation Detection in a Clinical Diagnostic Environment

    Session 4: Perform Mutation Detection Assays and Journal Club Presentations

    Session 5:Analyze Results of Mutation Detection Technologies; Introduction to PCR, SNP's; Introduction to Bioinformatics and Big Data

    Session 6: Final Team Mutation Detection Technology Presentations

    Session 7: Final Course Evaluations for all Courses in the Program; Biotechnology Tours of Illumina and Aldevron

    Question about the degree?
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    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