Biochemistry Undergraduate Contact Information

Biochemistry undergraduate coordinator
 

Amy Betzelberger, Ph.D. 
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Biochemistry
1142 HF DeLuca Biochemistry Building
420 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1544
Phone: (608) 265-9846
To schedule an appointment please use the Starfish app in your MyUW
Email: abetzelberge@wisc.edu

Education
B.S., Biology, Illinois State University
Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Postdoctoral, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Betzelberger advises UW–Madison students interested in majoring in biochemistry, and current biochemistry majors navigate the biochemistry degree options, graduate successfully and in a timely manner, and explore the many careers possible with a degree in biochemistry. She also helps high school students interested in biochemistry at UW–Madison.


Biochemistry faculty associate Mario Pennella

 

Mario Pennella, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty Associate, Department of Biochemistry
Room 1142E, HF DeLuca Biochemistry Building
420 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-9832
Email: mpennella@wisc.edu

Education
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Texas A&M University
Postdoctoral, UCLA

Courses Taught
Biochem 100: Biochemistry First-Year Seminar
Biochem 104: Molecular Mechanisms, Human Health and You
Biochem 501: Introduction to Biochemistry

Dr. Pennella grew up in the region of Oklahoma known as Green Country. After his postdoc, he became an Instructor of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. He joined the academic staff in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison in August 2017.

He co-instructs several courses within the department, which include Biochemistry 100, 104, and 501. Even though these courses have students from an eclectic mix of majors, one of his major goals when teaching any student includes providing them with a foundational knowledge of biochemistry that students can use to critically read, understand, and discuss science articles in the news and to further their own study on related topics after the course is over.


Lynne Prost, biochemistry faculty associate

 

Lynne Prost, Ph.D. 
Associate Faculty Associate, Department of Biochemistry
2139A HF DeLuca Biochemistry Building
420 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-7112
Email: lprost@wisc.edu

Education
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Washington
Postdoctoral, University of Wisconsin

Courses Taught
Biochem 100: Biochemistry First-Year Seminar
Biochem 551: Biochemical Methods

Dr. Prost teaches and coordinates undergraduate courses in the department. In addition to engaging students in the classroom, she regularly develops new course material, explores new pedagogical approaches, and works to effectively incorporate academic technology into her courses.

She also works with graduate students and postdocs who are interested in developing their teaching skills. Each semester she coordinates volunteers who design and teach seminar sections in Biochem 551, and she is happy to mentor Delta Internship Program participants on teaching-as-research projects.