The teaching lab!

About Us


Biotechnology is changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.  

Therefore, BioTrek's mission is to help learners develop their science savvy so they are better able to use science:

  • in making personal choices
  • in forming public policies
  • in making decisions in the face of uncertainty.


  • Hospitality is reciprocal.  UW-Madison needs to continue to welcome the public to campus if university scholars can expect to be welcomed into communities all across Wisconsin.
  • Citizens are stakeholders in the scientific enterprise.  Taxpayers fund $44 billion of the $66 billion each year that fuels research & development at US universities (see Table 1 at  By virtue of the state sales tax, in Wisconsin every kid who buys candy, clothes or computer games is also a taxpayer.
  • Epistemology counts.  Among the most valuable things we have to share are the ways scientists view and do science as a way of probing the unknown and of inventing the future.
  • Science is intriguing.  It's a vital & vibrant part of the human drive to learn from the past, to explore the unknown and to create the future.

BioTrek engages the public in the outreach mission of the University by providing field trips & tours at the Biotechnology Center on the UW-Madison campus, and workshops anywhere in Wisconsin.

We offer hands-on learning opportunities for learners of all ages. Schedule a field trip, tour, or workshop with us today.  Come experience science as exploring the unknown.

People of BioTrek

Tom Zinnen

Liz Jesse


Paul Pierick

Alexis Hernandez Abrego

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Raj Grewal

Raj Grewal