Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Class of 2015

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Susan Arnold
Susan Arnold
Class of 2015
Employer: Dietary Pro Labs & Probium LLC
Title: VP of Business Development

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Susan K. Arnold (B.S., Business Administration, Upper Iowa University, Fayette) is the VP of Business Development at Dietary Pro Labs in Wausau, WI. The company is a contract manufacturer of dietary supplements. Her previous education in marketing and business has enabled her to guide core business strategies and execute solid sales & marketing plans, which have consistently enhanced the profitability in her previous companies.

She feels the M.S. Biotech Program has proven to be the perfect complement to her previous work history and education. It has provided a more in depth perspective of the biotechnology business through increased awareness of the ethical issues, emerging technologies and the role of regulation, all of which will affect her ability to be competitive in the industry.

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Robert Baronowski
Robert Baronowski
Class of 2015
Title: Consulting Attorney

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Robert Baronowski
Robert Baronowski
Class of 2015
Title: Consulting Attorney

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Jonathon Behringer
Jonathon Behringer
Class of 2015
Employer: Mayo Clinic Ventures
Title: Technology Licensing Associate

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Jonathon H. Behringer (B.S., Biology: Biomedical Science, UW-LaCrosse) is a Technology Licensing Associate at Mayo Clinic Ventures in Rochester, MN.

Behringer's goal in entering the M.S. in Biotechnology program is to learn more about the business of product development in order to lead a company whose main focus is bringing ideas to life.

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Andrew Birmingham
Andrew Birmingham
Class of 2015
Employer: Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Title: Analyst III

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Andrew D. Birmingham (B.S., Biology, UW-LaCrosse) is an Analyst III at Covance Laboratories, Inc., in Madison. He feels that innovations in biotechnology have reached magnificent heights, without any signs of the trend reversing. He decided to join the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program so that he can be part of this innovative era and be a major contributor to the field of biotechnology.

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Melissa Budde
Melissa Budde
Class of 2015
Employer: Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC
Title: Scientist

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Melissa L. Budde (B.S., Biology and Zoology, UW-Madison) is a Scientist at Pharmaceutical Product Development in Middleton, WI. She performs testing and helps manage multiple stability testing programs for commercial products. She would like to better understand the process that pharmaceutical companies go through with product development.

Her goal in joining the M.S. in Biotechnology program is to learn about all aspects of the process of bringing products to market. The Program will also help her to better understand the needs of her clients and coworkers.

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Jasmine Giles
Jasmine Giles
Class of 2015
Employer: UW Department of Surgery
Title: Research Specialist

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Jasmine A. Giles (B.S., Biology UW-Madison) has been a scientific researcher for almost four years and currently works in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Surgery. She would like to continue and enhance her education so that she can flourish in the biotechnology industry and take her career to the next level by receiving a degree in the M.S. in Biotechnology program.

Her goal is to work in the industrial field of research and lead people to discover their place of enlightenment.

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Andrew Holder
Andrew Holder
Class of 2015
Employer: Manager, QA Vendor Management
Title: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

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Andrew S. Holder (B.S., Biology and Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens) has been working in the biotechnology field for many years and has honed his bench skills. He is currently an Analyst at Mentor Biologics. Holder has become a very proficient analyst with a large variety of skills and techniques.

Through the M.S. in Biotechnology program, he hopes to gain the knowledge and experience to further progress his career in the laboratory field. He wants to move beyond being a bench top analyst and acquire the skills needed to become an innovator and leader in the field.

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Adam Krahenbuhl
Adam Krahenbuhl
Class of 2015
Employer: Illumina
Title: Senior Supervisor, Production

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Adam C. Krahenbuhl (B.S., Biology, Edgewood College, Madison, WI) works at Agilent Technologies as a Manufacturing and Quality Control Associate. He started at Agilent Technologies as a liaison between the applications, manufacturing and quality groups. He has recently taken on more of a research and development role.

He believes that the knowledge this Program has to offer in leadership, business, law, and project management are rare and second to none. His future goals are to become a leader at Agilent as well as in Madison's biotechnology community.

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Fong Lee
Fong Lee
Class of 2015
Employer: Epicentre Biotechnologies
Title: Research Associate II

Fong Lee (B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UW-Eau Claire) is a Manufacturing Associate II at Epicentre Biotechnologies in Madison, WI. He has chosen to work in biotechnology because it requires motivation, creativity, and dedication. The complexity and challenging environment is what interested him in pursuing a graduate degree.

He feels the M.S. in Biotechnology program provides an excellent program that has shown results with the success of former students and has a long track record of excellence with a diverse cohort of professionals. Upon completion of the degree, Lee feels he will have a competitive edge for advancement opportunities.

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Tianren (Terry) Li
Tianren (Terry) Li
Class of 2015
Employer: Shandong University (Previous)
Title: Researcher

Tianren Li (B.S., Biology, Shandong University, Jinan, China) has worked in research laboratories at Shandong University. He recently got an opportunity to intern in ZHEN-AO group, the largest nucleic acid production base in China. Through this internship, he saw the big gap between study and commercial process. He decided to apply for the M.S. in Biotechnology program because he was attracted by the practicability and comprehensiveness of the program.

He is very interested in the combination of biotechnology and the application in business. His future goal is to return to China and find a job in the medical or biopharmaceutical industry by establishing his own company.

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Meaghan Loy
Meaghan Loy
Class of 2015
Employer: Science Exchange
Title: Director, Provider Business Development

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Meaghan C. Loy (B.S., Poultry Science, UW-Madison; RALAT) works at Covance Laboratories, Inc., as a Sample Collection Technician I. As a specialist in infusion, safety pharmacology, and developmental and reproductive toxicology, she has successfully managed nearly 30 studies over the past year and a half and continues to explore new and exciting experimental models in multiple large and small animal species.

Using her extensive animal research skills and her knowledge of the drug development process gained during the M.S. in Biotechnology program, Meaghan hopes to someday serve as a liaison between study direction and technical staff in order to facilitate exceptional early development work and ensure the most accurate data possible.

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Ashley Matsick
Ashley Matsick
Class of 2015
Employer: Boston Scientific Corporation
Title: Quality Engineer II

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Ashley R. Matsick (B.S., Biomedical Engineering, UW-Madison) is a Quality Engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation, in St. Paul, MN. She provides support to manufacturing of components utilized in life-saving implantable devices, such as cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. Her key responsibility is to ensure patient safety and compliance are at the center of all activities. She sees the M.S. in Biotechnology program as an opportunity to work with cross-functional students, learn front-to-back the process of product development, and open her mind to new ideas, technologies, and ways of thinking. Her goal is to take what she learns in the program and fuel positive change.

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Erin Monoceros (Bruce)
Erin Monoceros (Bruce)
Class of 2015
Employer: Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Title: Research Assistant

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Erin L. Bruce (B.S., Molecular Biology, Neurobiology History, and History of Science, Medicine and Technology, UW-Madison) currently works at Covance Laboratories, Inc., as a Research Assistant. Since working at Covance, she has been introduced to how biotechnology contributes to global health, including how drug development occurs, the legislation, and research in various types of biotechnology.

Her main goals in joining the Program are to gain a better understanding of the different ways biotechnology can be used. She feels this will make her a more valuable employee and will help her coworkers grow as well.

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Jerott Moore
Jerott Moore
Class of 2015
Employer: UW Biochemistry Department
Title: Research Associate

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Jerott R. Moore (B.S., Biology, UW-Stevens Point) presently works as a Research Associate in the University of Wisconsin Biochemistry Department. Jerott is extremely interested in the process through which academic research becomes a product. He hopes work with academic researchers and help their projects to leave the lab and reach the public.

He feels that Master of Science in Biotechnology program offers a practical curriculum that will help him develop the skill set required to meet this goal. His wish is to make a positive contribution to the scientific and public communities that surround him.

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Tanesha Norris
Tanesha Norris
Class of 2015
Employer: Roche
Title: Director, Project Leader

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Tanesha Norris (B.S., Molecular Biology-Biological Sciences, UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI) is a Compound Management Specialist at Thermo Fisher in Madison, WI. One aspect of her position is to lead a cross functional team in launching kinases into the SelectScreen Services and product catalog. She is also responsible for managing customer compounds, custom assays and leading the Compound Management lab. She feels that with a M.S. in Biotechnology degree, she will have the tools necessary to continue her career development and help guide others in their science careers by teaching at the collegiate level.

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Richa Parihar
Richa Parihar
Class of 2015
Employer: Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research (WIMR)
Title: Research Assistant

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Richa Parihar (B.S., Microbiology, PT Ravishankar Shukla University, Rapiur, MP, India; M.S., Biotechnology, PT Ravishankar Shukla University, Rapiur, MP, India; MS in Biotechnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) worked as Research Assistant at Department of Human Oncology, Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research (WIMR)Madison. Her long-term career goal is to start a company in the field of biotechnology and commercialize her research work by developing new products.

Her reason for choosing the M.S. in Biotechnology program is because the curriculum combines the scientific aspects used within the discipline of molecular biology with the business aspects required for successful application in the biotechnology field.

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Michael Polewski
Michael Polewski
Class of 2015
Employer: UW Department of Animal Sciences
Title: Research Specialist

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Michael A. Polewski (B.S., Microbiology, UW-Madison) currently works as a Research Specialist for the University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Sciences. His laboratory studies the biology of Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC), their involvement in the invasion, colonization, and induction of disease in bodily sites outside of the GI tract, and their mitigation by plant secondary metabolites, namely proanthocyanidins (PACs).

His goal in enrolling in the M.S. in Biotechnology program is to become a more versatile scientist, capable of contributing to a variety of functions within a research and development laboratory, while enhancing his scientific background, refining his team leadership skills, and obtaining a cross-disciplinary knowledge that is vital for a dynamic and enterprising biotechnology field. In addition, he would like to learn more about identifying and translating novel discoveries that have value into a commercializable product or service.

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James Raschke
James Raschke
Class of 2015
Employer: Kinetics Foundation
Title: MRI Research Consultant

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James J. Raschke (B.S., Biology, UW-Madison) has worked as an MRI research consultant at Kinetics Foundation and as a research specialist at the UW Primate Center. Working for Kinetics has allowed him to see how their work can directly inform preclinical trials in the short-term, and bring new therapies to people in need in the long-term.

The M.S. in Biotechnology program has provided an opportunity for him to apply his knowledge and passion in order to advance his career. He has enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the program, where he has expanded his technical background as well as learning about business and regulatory aspects of biotechnology industry.

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Marc Reichardt
Marc Reichardt
Class of 2015
Employer: Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Title: Assistant Toxicologist

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Marc D. Reichardt (B.S, Biology and Chemistry, UW-Platteville) is an Assistant Toxicologist at Covance Laboratories, Inc. He has expertise in pre-clinical drug development and project coordination. He works closely and develops relationships with people across many disciplines including: Clients, Dose Formulation, Specialized Experts, Study Direction, Surgical Teams, and Veterinary Staff. Marc has successfully led complex projects and have been able to apply his research background to develop new processes and procedures to these projects.

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Catherine Reville
Catherine Reville
Class of 2015
Employer: McKesson
Title: Director, Strategy

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Catherine Reville (B.S., Biology/Neuroscience, Denison University, Granville, OH) is currently a Director, Strategy at McKesson Corp. She leads the development of product strategies across a portfolio of solutions that support biopharma commercialization efforts.

She enrolled in the M.S. in Biotechnology program to develop marketable skills that will ultimately strengthen her business acumen and project management techniques within the biotechnology industry.

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Gundeep Singh
Gundeep Singh
Class of 2015
Employer: Graduate Student
Title: M.S. in Botechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Gundeep Singh (B.S., Biology and Bioinformatics, UW-Parkside, Kenosha) has worked as a DNP Analyst at the State Crime Laboratory in Madison. He received training in the forensic analysis of biological evidence using the biotechnology methods. Working, he realized how science affects society from the justice point of view.

He is joining the M.S. in Biotechnology program to learn more about the laws that govern the biotechnology industry and obtain a thorough understanding of the factors that control its market. What he finds most intriguing about the Program are the blending of its ingredients: science, business, law, patent and regulations.

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Colleen Stowe
Colleen Stowe
Class of 2015
Employer: Columbia-St. Mary's Inc.
Title: Technical Specialist-Cytology

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Colleen Marie Stowe (B.S., Human Biology, UW-Green Bay) is a Technical Specialist in the Anatomic Pathology Department of Cytology at Columbia-St. Mary's in Milwaukee WI.

She has joined the program to fulfill her aspirations and understanding in molecular methods and gain new skills in project management. She feels the program parallels her interest in Biotechnology while providing pathways for new career opportunities.

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Alexander Vang
Alexander Vang
Class of 2015
Employer: Phillips Medisize
Title: Validation Engineer

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Alexander C. Vang (B.S., Biology and Microbiology, UW-Eau Claire) works as a Validation Engineer at Phillips Medisize. This position gave him a valuable insight into the medical device Quality Assurance industry.

As a career, he envisions himself as a social and genetic engineer, developing products and solutions in an increasingly biotechnologically-driven economy, which is why he chose the M.S. in Biotechnology program. He is intrigued by the laboratory-intensive courses, rich perspective on challenges in the modern biotechnological industry, and technical, sociological, and leadership skills critical to fostering legal and economic relationships.

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Michael Wollar
Michael Wollar
Class of 2015
Employer: Covance
Title: QA Officer

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Michael Wollar (B.A., Biology and Psychology, Lake Forest College, IL) has always been fascinated with the possibilities of incorporating biotechnology into everyday life. He began his professional career as a Technologist at Baxter, where he gained experience in the development of medical technologies. From there he altered course to pursue graduate studies in biological sciences at UNL; before tacking back toward industry and landing in QA at Covance.

He seeks to continue learning about the biotech industry and wants to establish himself as a valuable contributor. His long-term goal is to leverage his propensity for strategic and risk based thinking into a role in developing and expanding biotechnology. He feels that the education provided by the M.S. in Biotechnology program will develop and expand his management skills while imparting knowledge to successfully utilize them in biotech operations.

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