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Welcome back for Fall 2013. I am taking this opportunity to remind you of the start of the Fall 2013 Biotechnology Training Program seminar. Attendance in this course is required for each semester that you receive BTP support.

The BTP seminar meets on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 in Rm 1420, Microbial Sciences Building. Enter the building through the main entrance, check out the leaf-cutter ant colony, and then make your way to the right to the seminar room.

In case you are not yet registered for the Biotechnology Training Program Seminar, it is listed as Microbio 932, Biochem 932, or CBE 932.

I and the other members of the steering committee look forward to seeing you next Wednesday to welcome of the new trainees to campus and to take the annual portrait. I will give a brief summary of the BTP program and update on the grant application and review process at that time.

BTP News

Trevor GhylinTrevor Ghylin launched a startup business as part of his BTP internship in the fall of 2013. His business, Microbe Detectives, won a $50,000 business startup grant and office space in the $20M Global Water Center in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Ghylin has since been participating in the only water technology focused business accelerator in the world. He competed with 18 other startups pitching to a panel of investors at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison where he took first place and won the Rising Star Award. Microbe Detectives aims to use DNA technology to change the way water quality is tested in the drinking water and wastewater industries.

Mr. Ghylin returned to UW-Madison in January 2014. He is focused on completing his PhD work and continues to operate his growing business out of the Global Water Center. Mr. Ghylin's Ph.D. research is utilizing next generation DNA sequencing to improve the understanding of the most abundant freshwater bacteria on earth, the acI lineage of Actinobacteria.

BTP publications

Mortenson DE, Kreitler DF, Yun HG, Gellman SH, Forest KT. (2013) Evidence for small-molecule-mediated loop stabilization in the structure of the isolated Pin1 WW domain. Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr, 8(2):e5610369(Pt 12):2506-12. PMCID:PMC3852655

Flowers JJ, Cadkin TA, McMahon KD (2013) Seasonal bacterial community dynamics in a full-scale enhanced biological phosphorus removal plant. Water Res, 47(19):7019-31.

Carrocci TJ, Hoskins AA. (2013) Imaging of RNAs in live cells with spectrally diverse small molecule fluorophores. Analyst, 139(1):44-7. PMCID:PMC3873762

Chen F, Ellison PA, Lewis CM, Hong H, Zhang Y, Shi S, Hernandez R, Meyerand ME, Barnhart TE, Cai W. (2013) Chelator-free synthesis of a dual-modality PET/MRI agent.. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 52(50):13319-23. PMCID:PMC3855680



UW-Madison Biotechnology Training Program
Biochemistry Department
433 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1544

Brian Fox, Director