Biotechnology, the use of biological processes to produce products of value, has been important to humanity for thousands of years. Recent scientific advances in our understanding of the molecular biology of cells have ushered in a new era of sophisticated biotechnology. The products of modern biotechnology include novel pharmaceutical drugs, transgenic plants, molecular biology tools, novel enzymes with industrial applications, and biofuels. Biotechnology enhances our lives in many ways and is a significant engine for economic development. Faculty and research scientists at UWM with expertise related to biotechnology are found in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Civil Engineering and Mechanics.

Biotechnology Faculty
Research in Biotechnology
At UWM faculty engage in interdisciplinary research in biotechnology, with emphasis in microbial biotechnology. This research is supported by funds from NIH, NSF, USDA, DOE, and other sources. For information on particular research programs, use the faculty links above.

Departments and Programs with Biotechnology Faculty
Graduate Studies
Graduate students working with Biotechnology faculty may earn Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Engineering & Applied Science or Physics

Undergraduate Program
UWM undergraduates interested in biotechnology may major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry or Microbiology.

Biotechnology Facility
Equipment for use in biotechnology research is housed in the Biotechnology Facility and other shared facilities.

Employment Opportunities
None at this time.