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 300 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:
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 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
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