Program Faculty and Instructors

MS in Biotechnology program faculty
Some of the MS in Biotechnology Program’s principal faculty gathered for our New Student Orientation. (August 2018)

The program’s instructional faculty are a blend of world-renowned scholars from across UW-Madison and dynamic leaders from the region’s private biotechnology industries. All the program’s faculty and staff are committed to your education and career success.

Colleen Adams

Credentials: MTSC

Position title: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Exact Sciences
Adjunct Professor, M.S. in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Natalie Betz

Credentials: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Position title: Academic Associate Director
M.S. in Biotechnology Program (in-person)
M.S. in Applied Biotechnology (online)
Capstone Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Karin Borgh

Credentials: PhD in Child and Family Studies

Position title: Executive Director
Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI)

Tom Burke

Credentials: PhD in Biology

Position title: Vice President, Research and Development - Life Sciences Division (retired)
FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics International

Nick Caruccio

Credentials: Ph.D.

Position title: Vice President and General Manager, Illumina-Madison (former)

Mark Cigan

Credentials: M.S. Zoology, Ph.D.

Position title: Trait Development Director, Genus PLC

Russ Coff

Credentials: Ph.D. in Business Administration

Position title: Professor, Management & Human Resources;
Thomas J. Falk Distinguished Chair in Business
Wisconsin School of Business

Hansi Dean

Credentials: PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

Position title: Vice President of Discovery Research
Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Ed Elder

Credentials: PhD in Pharmacy

Position title: Director, Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station, UW-Madison
Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station
School of Pharmacy

Michael Falk

Credentials: JD, MBA, MS in Bacteriology

Position title: Chief Intellectual Property & Licensing Officer
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Scott Fulton

Credentials: MS in Physics, Biology & Biomedical Engineering

Position title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Cellara, LLC

Fabio Gaertner

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor, Accounting & Information Systems
Wisconsin School of Business

Martin Ganco

Credentials: PhD in Business Administration

Position title: Associate Professor, Management & Human Resources
Wisconsin School of Business

Heather Gerard

Credentials: MS in Biotechnology

Position title: Senior Intellectual Property Protection & Strategy Manager
Promega Corporation

Delinda Johnson

Credentials: PhD in Biochemistry

Position title: Senior Scientist
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy

Dave Lewis

Credentials: PhD in Biochemistry

Position title: Head of Therapeutic Development
Empirico, Inc.

Thomas Machleidt

Credentials: PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Position title: Director of Research
Promega Corporation

Jessica Martin Eckerly

Credentials: MBA, M.S. in Biotechnology

Position title: CEO and Co-Founder
Forward BIOLABS

Terri McDonnell

Credentials: MBA

Position title: Senior Program Manager
Promega Corporation

Pilar Ossorio

Credentials: JD, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

Position title: Professor of Law and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin Law School
Ethics Scholar-in-Residence
Morgridge Institute for Research

Hart Posen

Credentials: Ph.D.

Position title: Associate Professor, Management & Human Resources
Wisconsin School of Business

Ben Seffrood

Credentials: MBA, MS in Biotechnology

Position title: Manufacturing Finance, Illumina (Madison); Adjunct Professor, MS in Biotechnology Program, UW-Madison

Hemanth Shenoi

Credentials: PhD in Immunology

Position title: Associate Director Product Management, Illumina

Laura Strong

Credentials: PhD in Organic Chemistry

Position title: Vice President, Strategy and Healthcare
DataChat Inc.

Charlie Trevor

Credentials: Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations

Position title: Professor and Department Chair, Management & Human Resources
Wisconsin School of Business

Michelle Venturini

Credentials: MBA, SPHR

Position title: Adjunct Faculty, UW-Madison
Director of Human Resources
Esker, Inc.

Cheryl Vickroy

Credentials: MBA

Position title: Founder and Principal
Bachner Vickroy Group, LLC

Eric Vincent

Credentials: PhD in Biochemistry

Position title: Senior Global Product Manager
Promega Corporation

Mary Westrick

Credentials: PhD in Biochemistry

Position title: Vice President, US Phase I (retired)

Tracy Worzella

Credentials: MS in Biotechnology

Position title: Customer Experience Science Liaison,
Promega Corporation