Steering Committee

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Program Director

Christina Hull, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry and Medical Microbiology & Immunology. Dr. Hull has served on the MBTG Steering Committee for the past 12 years, has trained several MBTG students in her lab, and has served on scores of PhD thesis committees for students in a variety of programs. She is committed to continuing to improve and enhance graduate training at UW-Madison.

Dr. Hull's research group is interested in understanding the basic molecular biology of human fungal pathogens. Using Cryptococcus neoformans​ as a model, her lab is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that control eukaryotic sexual development, fungal spore formation and differentiation, and the mammalian host immune response to infectious spores. Dr. Hull earned her BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Utah and earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hull has received numerous awards for her work, including the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Research Award, and the UW MERC New Investigator Award.


Program Steering Committee

The program director is assisted in planning and administering the Molecular Biosciences Training Grant by the MBTG Steering Committee. The membership was chosen to ensure broad representation from the molecular biosciences on campus and includes:

      Timothy Gomez - Professor, Neuroscience

      Christina Hull -MBTG Director and Associate Professor, Biomolecular Chemistry and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

      Jim Keck - Professor, Biomolecular Chemistry

      Robert Landick - Professor, Biochemistry and Bacteriology

      Jade Wang - Associate Professor, Bacteriology

      Kim Voss - Program Administrator

      Marcia Padilla - Program Assistant


The Steering Committee also includes two student representatives that serve one year terms. The Steering Committee makes decisions on applicants for traineeships, appointment of faculty trainers, and overall budget items. In addition, specific program functions are administered by designated members of the committee.