Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

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Class of 2019

Samuel Arndt
Samuel Arndt
Class of 2019
Employer: DuPont Probiotics and Nutrition
Title: Culture Plant Production Process Operator

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Pooja Bandawane
Pooja Bandawane
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Robert Boyle
Robert Boyle
Class of 2019
Employer: BBI Solutions (Madison)
Title: Product Development Lead

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Katie Burkholder
Katie Burkholder
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Study Technician II

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Roy Du
Roy Du
Class of 2019
Employer: Catalent
Title: Quality Control Associate

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Anaga Gopalakrishnan
Anaga Gopalakrishnan
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Amanda Hrabovsky
Amanda Hrabovsky
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Study Technician

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Kenyon Koeper
Kenyon Koeper
Class of 2019
Employer: Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD)
Title: Senior Project Manager

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Tiffany Lee
Tiffany Lee
Class of 2019
Employer: Graduate Student

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Ben Martin
Ben Martin
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Pathology Lead Technician

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Mollie McArthur
Mollie McArthur
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Study Technician

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Madison Porter
Madison Porter
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Analyst II

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Marcelo Rodrigues
Marcelo Rodrigues
Class of 2019
Employer: UCB - Uzinas Chimicas Brasileiras S/A
Title: CEO

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Ernesto Rodriguez
Ernesto Rodriguez
Class of 2019
Employer: Covance, Inc.
Title: Study Technician

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Aparna Roy
Aparna Roy
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Bryan Rutsch
Bryan Rutsch
Class of 2019
Employer: Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Title: Attorney

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Ashley Sanner
Ashley Sanner
Class of 2019
Employer: Catalent
Title: Analytical Chemist

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Lavanya Saxena
Lavanya Saxena
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Christina Scofield
Christina Scofield
Class of 2019
Employer: Luminex Corporation
Title: Scientist

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Chengang Shen
Chengang Shen
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Candace Tang
Candace Tang
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Kavita Tirumale
Kavita Tirumale
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Sree Tumuluru
Sree Tumuluru
Class of 2019
Title: Graduate Student

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Sabrina Valencia
Sabrina Valencia
Class of 2019
Employer: Roche NimbleGen, Inc.
Title: Manufacturing Technician

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Class of 2018

Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson
Class of 2018
Employer: PreventionGenetics
Title: R&D Technician II

Amanda L. Anderson (B.S., Human Biology, UW-Green Bay) is a Research and Development Technician at PreventionGenetics in Marshfield, WI. She has experience in genetics and molecular biology and currently develops and validates new genetic tests for inherited diseases. She would like to expand upon her current knowledge and feels that learning other facets of the industry will be vital to continued success in the field of biotechnology.

The MS in Biotechnology fits well with her goals of gaining more experience in the related areas of biotechnology. She knows that having a more holistic view of the entire process of biotechnology and its integration into healthcare will greatly help in making educated decisions about the process. She is excited to learn more about the business and law aspects of the field, as well as to continue to enhance her leadership skills, while simultaneously integrating this knowledge into her current profession.

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Adam Bucane
Adam Bucane
Class of 2018
Employer: Covance Laboratories
Title: Technical Lead Operations

Adam L. Bucane (B.S., Chemistry, UW-Whitewater) is currently Technical Lead Operations at Covance Laboratories, Inc. in Madison. He heads a team of chemists in the early phase analysis in the bioanalysis group at Covance. The company is a contract research organization focused on pharmaceutical drug discovery. His focus is LC-MS/MS analysis of small molecule drugs, validations of methods of analysis and development of newer chemists. His experience at Covance and previous employers has given him over 6 years in the chemical industry ranging from organic synthesis to pharmaceutical analysis.

He hopes to further his caree and move into a more administrative/management position in the pharmaceutical industry through the completion of the M.S of biotechnology program. He hopes that his experiences at Covance and in the regulated environment of the biotech field might lend itself to the program and be a great fit for learning more about the industry as a whole.

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Grace Christensen
Grace Christensen
Class of 2018
Employer: UW-Madison, Endelman Group
Title: Research Specialist

Grace C. Christensen (B.S., Plant Pathology, UW-Madison) is a Research Specialist with the Endelman Group at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She currently conducts research for the Potato Breeding Program including genetic marker-based variety selection, viral screening of seed potatoes, tissue culture maintenance of parent material, and antiviral cleanup of advanced breeding lines. She believes the MS in Biotechnology program will help her develop more business managerial skills as well as explore the legal and regulatory aspects of biotechnology.

Her goal after graduation is to find a career in research or project management with a major agriscience company in the field of food crop enhancement. She would ultimately like to go on to teach someday and hopes the biotech program will play a key part in achieving her goals.

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Laura Drays
Laura Drays
Class of 2018
Employer: SAFC Madison (a part of MilliporeSigma)
Title: Analytical Chemist

Laura L. Drays (B.S., Biology, UW-Whitewater) is currently an Assistant Analytical Scientist at SAFC in Madison (a part of MilliporeSigma). Using an array of instruments, she analyzes active pharmaceutical ingredients to test purity. These active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of drugs, including pre-clinical and clinical use cancer treatments.

She joined the biotechnology program to further her professional goals and better educate herself in the operation of a successful pharmaceutical company. Upon completion of the Biotechnology program, she expects to have the skills and tools necessary to achieve her goals and have a greater impact in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Alex Edwards
Alex Edwards
Class of 2018
Employer: PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development)
Title: Associate Scientist

Alex C. Edwards (B.A., Neuroscience, Oberlin College) is a former research assistant at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is interested in studying the intersection between neuroscience and biotechnology. It is his desire to pursue a career in biotechnology at a small start-up. His long term goals are to be a project leader and develop cures for neurological disorders.

He decided to attend the M.S. in Biotechnology Program at UW-Madison because he was impressed with the multidisciplinary approach to biotechnology that embodies the program's curriculum. He firmly believes becoming a well-rounded scientist will make him successful in his endeavors.

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Brian Ip
Brian Ip
Class of 2018
Employer: InvivoSciences, Inc.
Title: Biomedical Engineer

Brian Ip (B.S., Bioprocess Engineering, UW-Madison) previously worked as a biomedical engineer at InvivoSciences, Inc. in Madison. He enrolled in the M.S. in Biotechnology program to build a strong understanding in molecular biology and its application in the biotechnology field.

With this knowledge, together with his background in engineering, he hopes to design, implement, and improve biomanufacturing processes that fit the needs of the industry. He is also eager to learn about the business aspects of the biotech industry and its growing trends in order keep current with the rapidly growing industry.

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Aysha Jaleel Ahamed
Aysha Jaleel Ahamed
Class of 2018
Employer: Covance Laboratories
Title: Quality Assurance Officer

Aysha F Jaleel Ahamed (B.Tech., Biotechnology, Anna University, India) is a Quality Assurance Officer at Covance Laboratories, Inc.. As a student researcher, she was inclined to studying drug development prospects of compounds for the treatment of cancer. She carried out projects for understanding the effects of compounds on the anti-apoptotic gene Bcl-2. Her subsequent industry experience in Operations and Quality management gave her insight on the challenges surrounding biotechnology manufacturing.

She wishes to become an entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology, where she can incorporate both her research and administrative skills towards discovering affordable treatments for cancer. The interdisciplinary courses will help her gain sound scientific knowledge and become familiar with the business and ethical aspects of biotechnology. Jaleel Ahamed strongly feels this unparalleled educational experience will be instrumental in equipping her with the knowledge and skills required to fulfill her career goals.

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Rachel Jenks
Rachel Jenks
Class of 2018
Employer: Illumina, Inc.
Title: Senior Quality Control Analyst

Rachel J. Jenks (B.S. Biology, UW-Platteville) is currently a Senior Quality Control Analyst at Illumina, Inc. in Madison. She is a member of the method validation team where she manages and executes projects for QC process improvements in an effort to drive the company to become one of the top 10 protein purification companies in the industry. In this position she has most recently developed and validated a new multiplex nuclease contamination assay capable of unequivocally detecting single-stranded exonuclease, double-stranded exonuclease, endonuclease and RNase in solutions.

Her passion for the biotech industry is what drives her forward. She is interested in moving into a management position, with the ultimate goal of opening her own company. With her professional experience being primarily focused on scientific and quality principles, she believes the M.S. in Biotechnology program will provide her with the business, law, and operations knowledge necessary to fulfill her goals.

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Chaitanya Kankanala
Chaitanya Kankanala
Class of 2018
Employer:

Chaitanya Kankanala (B.Tech., Biotechnology, SASTRA University, India) was an Executive-Biotech at Symbiotech Pharmalab P. Ltd, India and also an Executive Director of Kamco Life Sciences Private Ltd, India. Chaitanya worked in synthesizing Active Pharmaceutics Ingredients (Steroids), through different biological process. He led a start-up and managed development of Herbal extracts, nutraceuticals products and sales.

He believes this program will make him a complete biotechnology professional with profound knowledge in business and regulatory aspects of the biotechnology industry. He would like to gain more experience in new bio product creation and commercialization by the end of the program, and thereafter would like to develop his own company.

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Rachel Krause
Rachel Krause
Class of 2018
Employer: Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)
Title: Research Specialist

Rachel A. Krause (B.S., Biology and Zoology, UW-Madison) is currently employed at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) as a Research Specialist where she is both Wisconsin Brain Donor Program Coordinator and ADRC Laboratory Technician. She facilitates the registration of interested donors and carries out the collection of these brain donations. She also manages the preparation, storage, and distribution of biological specimens collected for the center’s longitudinal Clinical Core Study.

She decided to pursue the M.S. in Biotechnology program to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to become valuable in the field of technology transfer. She looks forward to learning how intellectual property interacts with strategic management to transform novel discoveries into realized products. Her long term goal is to advise her company on the prospects of emerging and innovative solutions.

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Jake Lindall
Jake Lindall
Class of 2018
Employer: Exact Sciences
Title: Specimen Processing Associate

Jake R. Lindall (B.S., Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth) has been a laboratory technician for Be The Match in Minneapolis for the past two years following his undergraduate studies. He dealt extensively with the storage and outgoing distribution of donor buccal swab samples to various labs for testing for a genetic match for a potential bone marrow transplant.

He is attending the M.S. in Biotechnology program to become a well-rounded and learned professional in the biotechnology industry. The combination of becoming educated in the business background combined with increasing scientific knowledge in biotechnology will serve as the best way to further his education.

His goals are to improve personal health and drive biological innovation forward. He would also like to advance the effective treatment of today's most threatening diseases.

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Jon Macholl
Jon Macholl
Class of 2018
Employer: Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), LLC
Title: Scientist

Jon R. Macholl (B.S. Biology, UW-Whitewater) is a Scientist at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), LLC in Middleton, WI. He currently manages and performs quality control stability testing on many different small molecule compounds using a variety of techniques and methodologies.

The M.S. in Biotechnology program piqued his interest due to the multiple disciplines that are covered in the curriculum. The business and scientific classes offer a well-rounded education that will give him the cross-functional skills need to fulfill his career aspirations.

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Rachel McNulty
Rachel McNulty
Class of 2018
Employer: United Vaccines
Title: Senior Lab Technician

Rachel McNulty (B.S., Biology, Alverno College) is currently a Senior Lab Technician at United Vaccines in Fitchburg, WI. She works primarily in the tissue culture and viral labs which are used to manufacture various vaccines for mink.

She is interested in all that the growing field of Biotechnology has to offer and feels the program’s multidisciplinary curriculum will allow her the option to pursue a career in fields which she may have not previously considered. The program will catalyze the creation of skillful leaders to take the field of biotechnology to the next level.

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Nihaarika Mohanarangan
Nihaarika Mohanarangan
Class of 2018
Employer:

Nihaarika Mohanarangan (B.Tech., Biotechnology, SRM University, India) recently pursued a Post Baccalaureate Intensive Certificate in Biotechnology from Madison Area Technical College. She has prior laboratory experience with a research project in Plant Biotechnology and Quality Assurance at a biopharmaceutical laboratory, which has laid the foundation of her skill set in biotechnology.

Mohanarangan aims to strengthen her professional skills and establish a successful career in the field for which she feels a strong passion. She believes that the Masters in Biotechnology program will facilitate her growth professionally and academically to excel in the biotechnology industry. Its holistic and flexible course structure also permits her to work, which is important. She is confident that completing the program will aid in accomplishing her career goals.

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Claudia Nehring
Claudia Nehring
Class of 2018
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Claudia Nehring ( B.S. Chemical Engineering, FAAP – Brazil) was a Project manager at Gene Domus in Sao Jose do Rio Preto - Brazil. Working with in vitro fertilization in Bos Indicus cattle, this company has been one the most important veterinary companies in Brazil and Bolívia, helping Brazil reach the rank of one of the world's largest meat exporters through breeding and reducing the gap between generations.

Her goal in the M.S of Biotechnology is to develop and manage a stem cell therapy company in veterinary medicine. Companion animal industry is an important, enormous, and growing market. The UW-Madison, Master of Science in Biotechnology degree will be an important piece to help her expand this market and to improve the future of veterinary medicine. She also has a goal to work in implementation of pig farms as recipients for embryo cloning to serve the purpose of human organs donors.

She believes in the advance of the researches on this field that will revolutionize medicine and solve the transplant issue, thereby bringing life and hope to millions of patients worldwide.

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David Penshorn
David Penshorn
Class of 2018
Employer: Covance Laboratories, Inc.
Title: Quality Assurance Auditor

David J Penshorn (B.S. Mathematics, UW–La Crosse) is currently a Quality Assurance Auditor at Covance Laboratories, Inc. He is responsible for auditing data, reports and study conduct for early developmental toxicology studies.

He chose the M.S. in Biotechnology program at the UW-Madison because of its offering of diverse training in multiple disciplines. The experience gained from the program with respect to project management, business plan development and an understanding of the biotechnologies that are the shaping the future of pharmaceuticals will help provide him the skills necessary to become a future leader within the industry.

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Katie Schmidt
Katie Schmidt
Class of 2018
Employer: Illumina, Inc.
Title: Research Associate, Quality Control

Katie Z. Schmidt (B.S., Genetics, UW-Madison) is a Research Associate in the Quality Control Department at Illumina, Inc. in Madison. She works on the method validation team, developing and refining assays for enzymes that are incorporated into Next-Generation Sequencing. Prior to working at Illumina, she conducted research on fungal diseases affecting bats and snakes at the National Wildlife Health Center in the Microbiology Department. This facility allowed her to work hands-on with animals and contribute to various publications pertaining to White-Nose Syndrome and Snake Fungal Disease.

With a strong background in science, she has joined the program in order to gain the legal and business skills necessary to start her own biotechnology business with a focus in the beauty industry. Interest in this unique area of study grew from her professional modeling career and her passionate pursuit of scientific research and development.

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Malika Shertay
Malika Shertay
Class of 2018
Employer:

Malika Shertay (B.S., Biotechnology, Al- Farabi Kazakh National University) worked as a junior researcher at M.A. Aitkhozhin Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in Kazakhstan. While working in the lab she took part in a project studying the early diagnosis of breast cancer and its prognostication through XPD gene mutations and the ethnogenesis of the Kazakh people. She also worked as a biology tutor for the "Vash repetitor" tutoring company.

The M.S in biotechnology program gives her a great opportunity to extend her knowledge of life science product development, such as molecular technologies and drug development, as well as to explore deeply the biotechnology industry. She is eager to explore approaches to creating cutting-edge biotechnology products. She also looks forward to learning how to implement business and commercialization practices in the field of biotechnology in an effort to make a profound contribution to the world of science.

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Henry Trausch
Henry Trausch
Class of 2018
Employer: Spherotech, Inc.
Title: Manufacturing Associate

Henry D. Trausch (B.A., Biochemistry and Biology/Pre-Medicine, Augustana College) is currently working as a Manufacturing Associate at Spherotech Inc. in Lake Forest, Illinois. He synthesizes microparticles and alters their surface chemistry by changing the functional groups or by binding various proteins for variable pharmaceutical or flow-cytometry application.

He decided to pursue the M.S. in Biotechnology to further broaden his understanding of the business side of biotechnology, which in turn will assist in the expansion of his employer's rapidly growing company. He strongly believes that developing a cross-functional range of skills will increase his career opportunities in the biotechnology industry.

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Class of 2017 Schedule

Fall 2015 | Spring 2016
Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

Class of 2018 Schedule

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017
Fall 2017 | Spring 2018

Class of 2019 Schedule

Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Fall 2018 | Spring 2019

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