Meet the Advisory Board of the UW Master’s in Applied Biotechnology

UW Extended Campus August 11, 2022

The online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology and Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is supported by an advisory board, whose members include biotechnology experts with experience in practice areas such as genetic testing, cell and gene therapy, R&D of cancer detection, laboratory instrumentation, intellectual property rights, pharmaceutical development, and agriscience.

The advisory board consists of 12-15 representatives who serve as advisors, ambassadors, and referral agents to the program. The board meets bi-annually and members provide constructive feedback regarding changes in the industry and how those changes affect program graduates. The meetings ensure the program and curriculum stays relevant to emerging trends in biotechnology. Board members are also asked to host students working on capstone projects, and create school-to-work transitions, so that as students graduate from the program they will move to gainful employment.

The advisory board provides recognized leaders in the field with a unique opportunity to further shape the program and biotechnology profession. Learn more about the Advisory Board Member Responsibilities and Advisory Board Guidelines.

Advisory Board Members

Maren Arling | Senior Research Associate | Corteva Agriscience

Jenna Gay | QA Manager | WiCell

Philip Hemken | Principal Research Scientist | Abbott Laboratories

Kurt Krummel | Associate Director | Illumina

Joseph Leone | Attorney | DeWitt Ross & Stevens

David Lewis | Head of Therapeutic Development | Empirico

A. Scott Muerhoff | Director | Abbott Laboratories

Audrey Prieve | Manager | Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

James Prudent | President and CEO | Centrose

Richard Schifreen | Retired | WARF

Academic Director Members

Natalie Betz | Academic Director | UW-Madison

Kris Curran | Academic Director | UW-Whitewater

Ilirian Dhimitruka | Academic Director | UW-Parkside

Steve Dunn | Academic Director | UW-Oshkosh

Lisa Grubisha | Academic Director | UW-Green Bay

Mark Levenstein | Academic Director | UW-Platteville

Michael Steury | Academic Director | UW-Stevens Point

Programs: Applied Bioinformatics, Applied Biotechnology