The Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an opportunity for doctoral students to obtain specific training and experience in the ever-growing field of biotechnology, complete with focused coursework, an industry internship, and funding during the years of the program. BTP is a multi-disciplinary training program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, an institute of the NIH. It also receives substantial support from the UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and participating UW-Madison schools, colleges, and departments.
Biotechnology is vital to growth and innovation in the United States and across the globe. Since 1989, a group of multi-disciplinary faculty ranging from across campus have served as trainers for a diverse group of student trainees taking advantage of the opportunities BTP offers. Alumni of the BTP program go on to successful careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, entrepreneurship, and academic research, serving as postdoctoral fellows, university professors, and government or industry scientists, and more.
Trainees accomplish a lot during their time in BTP. Trainees earn their doctoral degrees in an average of 5.8 years, and of the trainees who joined our program over the last 15 years, 87% have either earned their Ph.D. or are still in training. Thirty of those students are members underrepresented minorities or have a disability, and 90% of those students have either earned their Ph.D. or are still in training. During their training, trainees publish an average of 4.6 academic articles and serve as first author on 2.5 of them. Learn more about these outcomes of BTP by viewing the tabs above.
Research and collaborations by BTP students and faculty has resulted in a large number of publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and books since its founding in 1989.
As result of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy adopted in 2008, BTP publications in the above list which were published after early 2008 are freely available to any researcher or student. Look for the "Free PMC Article" link within the citation.
All publications resulting from research at BTP must acknowledge BTP in their publication and also must be deposited into the PMC. Compliance with the policy is a term and condition of all grants and cooperative agreements active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, and for all contracts awarded after April 7, 2008.