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University of Wisconsin–Madison
The UW-Madison Biotechnology Center is currently open and following the university's COVID-19 Response regarding campus operations.

Biotrek Personnel



Tom Zinnen 2020 Liz Jesse 2020 Paul P 2020

 Tom Zinnen

 Liz Jesse

Paul Pierick 

Thomas Zinnen has been a biotechnology extension specialist since 1991. He also served as a Congressional Science Fellow in 2000–2001, and he was on loan to the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010 as a speechwriter for the NSF Director. He leads BioTrek, the public outreach program of the Biotech Center and UW-Extension. His key role is in welcoming Wisconsinites to come experience science at their public, land-grant research university.

Elizabeth (Liz) Jesse is a Science Outreach Specialist at the UW Biotechnology Center. Liz worked as a middle and high school classroom teacher for ten years, at both public and public charter schools in the Sheboygan Area. She also has experience working in the private sector as a pharmaceutical lab technician. Liz has a BS in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland-University College. 

Paul's job at the lab is to prep DNA samples, wheat germ and other supplies to be used for educational experiments during the tours and workshops.



 Bea Mumm


Nikita Menon

Bea Mumm

Kendall Kupfer

Nikita is a junior double majoring in Molecular Biology and Psychology with a certificate in the Biocore honors biology program. She is on a nationally-competitive Bollywood Fusion dance team and a member of Badger Volunteers. In her free time, Nikita enjoys doing yoga, dance, reading, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, working at Biotrek!

Bea Mumm, one of our great undergraduate students, is a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with certificates in Leadership and Global Health. Bea enjoys spending her free time traveling and being with friends and family.

Kendall is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and has been working at Biotrek since the fall of 2018. She spends her free time skiing, playing with her dogs, and cheering for the Badgers!