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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:
Natalie Betz received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases where she studied the role of the Ha-ras oncogene in skin tumorigenesis.
After receiving her degree, she worked for 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University where she investigated the mode of action of a novel cell-surface growth inhibitor. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she investigated the role of mRNA stability in regulation of the c-myc oncogene.
She joined Promega in 1997 as a Technical Service Scientist, providing technical support and training for all of Promega's products. She then became a Senior Applications Scientist, where her responsibilities included developing new applications for existing Promega products, assessing new technologies, validating new Promega products, and providing at-the-bench technical support and training. She also became involved in teaching several laboratory courses for the BTC Institute, the non-profit education outreach arm of Promega.
Natalie joined the M.S. in Biotechnology program full-time in 2006, where she now serves as the Associate Director of the program. She continues to design, coordinate, and instruct the Molecular Technologies series of laboratory courses that focus on developing molecular and cellular analysis skills, designing and manfacturing biotechnology products for the marketplace, and effective written and oral scientific communication. Natalie also continues to teach for the BTC Institute in their adult laboratory-intensive trainings and workshops, and assists in their other educational missions as well. This relationship facilitates the collaboration between the MS in Biotechnology Program and the biotechnology-industry sponsored BTC Institute.
She also serves as a co-coordinator and mentor to the students in their final semester research project course, as well as evaluating final group projects in many of the courses throughout the program. She manages overall program course and curriculum development and integration, faculty recruitment, and student engagement.
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