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.
Colleen Adams, MTSC
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Natalie Betz, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Faculty Instructor
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Dave Lewis, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer (former)
Jessica Martin Eckerly, M.B.A., M.S.
CEO and Co-Founder
Michelle Venturini, M.B.A., SPHR
Scott Wildman, Ph.D.
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:
Faculty Instructors: Ed Elder, Ph.D., R.Ph.; Colleen Adams, MTSC ; Abigail Davis, M.S. and Chris Sebranek, M.S.
The primary objectives of this session are to review the essential elements and principles of concentration and purification, aseptic processing and sterilization in biomanufacturing; and to present an overview of clinical research, the essential elements of clinical operations, and the principles Good Clinical Practice.
Faculty Instructor: Terri McDonnell, MBA
Session 4A: Communication Principles for Teams
Describe how individuals/group behaviors influence team communication. Discuss strategies for effective team communication.
Session 4B: Group & Individual Behaviors
Strength Finders Exercise. Learn to identify and understand individual strengths and their effects on leadership. Understand team/group behavior and how they influence project team performance.
Session 4C: Managing Group Behavior
Team leads a discussion on best management practices, highlighting those that will yield positive team and individual behaviors in biotechnology firms.
Faculty Instructors: Natalie Betz, PhD; Eric Vincent, PhD; Fernando Burmudez, MD, MS and Curtis Knox, MS, MBA
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In Session 4a, students will perform cation exchange chromatography on the crude bacterial lysate generated in Session 3b, using a Bio-Rad DuoFlow FPLC (Fast Performance Liquid Chromatography) system. Fractions will be collected for further purification in Session 5a using tangential flow filtration (TFF) or dialysis. Students will also be introduced to the concepts surrounding genetic identity and STR analysis.
In Session 4b, students will purify their own genomic DNA from cheek cells (buccal swabs) using a very simple lysis technique called SwabSolution. This DNA will then be used to perform STR amplification reactions (PowerPlex Fusion) for genotyping their own samples. The class will also analyze samples collected in a mock criminal case as well by purifying "touch DNA" using an automated magnetic silica purification method with prefilled reagent cartridges (Promega's Maxwell 16 system). Short tandem repeats (STRs) have become the hallmark for genetic identity in the forensics, paternity, and research communities, owing to the power and specificity of the technology. This session will allow students to understand the role such DNA analysis has in biotechnology and how it has revolutionized these fields. In addition, the use of STRs in crime scene analysis and forensics will be discussed by a former Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory expert.
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