This course will be offered in-person at the BTC Institute on the Promega campus in fitchburg. We are prepared to go virtual, if necessary.  2021 syllabus coming soon!
this course was offered on-line in 2020: how did it go?

This course was offered on-line June 15-19, 2020. As part of an effort to continue to offer high quality training to graduate students and professionals, we implemented this course via UW-Madison’s Black Board Collaborate platform. Students attended lectures in a synchronous and asynchronous format as well as followed along with lab demonstrations. If students were able to use their own laboratory space, they received reagents and supplies from the BTC Institute that allowed them to conduct some of the experiments on their own.

Student learning was assessed using quizzes, discussion, and data analysis. Instructors were available to answer questions and to take part in discussions.

Course Syllabus 2020

Offered with generous support from Promega Corporation
comments from participants:
  • The course was extremely well organized and greatly planned. Very helpful instructors!
  • I am so happy that it has been recorded, so my plan is to go over them again and take my time to understand each of the technique and information that was given and see how can i apply it to my project and communicate with the team if i have any questions.
  • Loved the variety of information I got, the way everything was organized, the way canvas was organized, loved the friendly environment provided by the instructors. I am so impressed by how you all interact and function.

BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute
Neuroscience Training Program, UW-Madison
Research & Development and Technical Support Services, Promega Corporation

  • UW-Madison students and special students admitted to the course and wishing to receive 2 credits enrolled through the University registration system and remitted tuition fees directly to the University.
  • For students who do not wish to receive university credits, a special rate of $1600 was offered. (Documentation of current enrollment in an academic institution is required for confirmation of this special rate.)
  • For company employees, faculty and all others, the fee was $1800.
Requirements for 2o21 [date tbd]
  • Eligibility: Graduate students, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry employees, postdoctoral candidates and principal investigators with an interest in neurosciences are encouraged to register. Course enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
  • Application:  Submit a registration form.
    If you wish to receive graduate credit through UW-Madison
    , please be sure to use the Comment section included in this form to detail your prior experiences using molecular biology and your learning goals for the week, as instructed on the form.

    If you do not wish to receive graduate credit through UW-Madison
    , please also share that information with us. Your enrollment in the course will be verified upon receipt of payment. Payment options are included in the registration form.
  • NOTE: UW-Madison Graduate Students wishing to receive credit: Please submit your registration form before [TBD]. We will review this document and let you know of your acceptance to the course.


Instructors AND STAFF
  • Natalie Betz, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Karin Borgh, Ph.D., Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute
  • Danette Daniels, Ph.D., Research & Development, Promega Corporation
  • Mary Halloran, Ph.D., Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Nadine Nassif, M.S., Research & Development, Promega Corporation
  • Amy Prevost, Ph.D., BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute

Topics covered during this week included: RNA isolation from tissues, amplification via PCR and RT-qPCR, molecular cloning, protein degradation experimentation, basics of Western blot, ICC and ELISA, and CRISPR mediated genome editing. Talks included protein characterization, using tags to study proteins and epigenetics, among others.