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.