Biotechnology: Science Careers to Help Improve our Lives - View the video

Tom Zinnen

Tom Zinnen
Biotechnology Policy & Outreach Specialist
UW-Madison Biotechnology Center

425 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Health Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Tom Zinnen was born and grew up in Dixon Illinois, graduated with a degree in biology from UW-Platteville, got his MS in Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois and his PhD at UW-Madison. After working for Agrigenetics, a biotech company, he spent five years at the Plant Molecular Biology Center at Northern Illinois University before returning to UW-Madison and to UW-Extension as an Extension Specialist. He was a Congressional Science Fellow in Washington DC in 2000-2001 and he served as a speechwriter for the Director of the National Science Foundation in 2008-2010. He organizes the Wednesday Nite @ The Lab public science series offered every Wednesday, 50 times a year, at UW-Madison’s Biotech Center, and he helps produce UW-Madison Science Expeditions, the annual campus-wide science open house presented in early April every spring.

Biotechnology uses human ingenuity to harness Nature’s microbes, plants and animals to provide food, fuels and pharmaceuticals. Learn ways that scientists use experiments to test ideas and to put ingenuity to play to invent new tools and products. Look into ways that information about your DNA may change how you lead your life, protect your privacy, and make your living. Explore how you can prepare for careers in a wide range of life sciences that draw on biotechnology, from food science to health care, and from environmental sciences to biomedical engineering. (Running Time 22:40)