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Bill received a BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh and an MS from MIT.  After 8 years with Rohm & Haas and Air Products he obtained a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.  Bill has been at Northwestern since 1987; he served as the Chemical and Biological Engineering department chair and has directed the Master of Biotechnology Program since 2007.  Bill received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF and chaired the AlChE Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division.  He served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Stem Cell Network of Canada and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. Bill is Editor of the Biochemical Engineering Journal and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Australian Stem Cell Centre.

Bill’s current research is focused on the ex vivo expansion and controlled differentiation of hematopoietic (blood) stem and progenitor cells for use in transplantation therapies.  He has authored more than 95 peer-reviewed publications and serves on the editorial boards for Biotechnology Progress and Biotechnology & Bioengineering. 
Bill Miller
William M. Miller

Program Director



Igor, Associate Director and Director of Admissions, has been with the MBP since its inception in 2003.  His main responsibilities include teaching; student recruitment, admission and advising; and marketing.  Prior to the MBP, Igor spent one year as the assistant chair of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. 


Igor received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from St. Petersburg Technological Institute (Russia) and PhD in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.  His research experience at the postdoctoral level includes synthetic organometallic chemistry in the lab of Prof. Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University) and bioanalytical chemistry in the lab of Prof. Annelise Barron (Northwestern University).  Igor also has strong interest in intellectual property and has a patent agent license issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Igor Kourkine

Associate Director



Arthur has been a lecturer in the Master of Biotechnology Program as well as the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering since 2004. His responsibilities include teaching, student advising, coordinating MBP research training, and managing the MBP teaching laboratory.  Before joining Northwestern University, Dr. Felse completed his post-doctoral training at the Polytechnic University in New York where he was awarded a NSF fellowship. He and his colleagues at the Polytechnic University received the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2003 for their work on mild and selective polymerizations using lipases. Dr. Felse received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Biotechnology both from Anna University, India.


In 2000, he received his PhD in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology. Dr. Felse is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Engineering Education.

P. Arthur Felse

Assistant Director of Research and Lecturer





C. Zoe Hoeppner, PhD, is Assistant Director for External Relations and Lecturer for the MBP. Her responsibilities include the development and maintenance of relationships across the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for the purpose of student focused educational partnerships. She identifies and manages work-integrated learning opportunities for students and facilitates industrial engagement activities both on campus and nationally, including coordination of the Industrial Advisory Board. She serves as an encouragement to students, and helps them define and build a career development plan. Zoe oversees both the Biotechnology Laboratory and Critical Thinking in Molecular Biotechnology courses. She also teaches various seminars on the development of business relationships and networking, as well as selected topics in our Technology Commercialization course.


Zoe has over 10 years experience at the research bench, blended with several years sales experience, plus previous roles as an entrepreneur and educator. She earned her BS in Biological Science from the University of Tulsa and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

C. Zoe Hoeppner

Assistant Director of External Relations and Lecturer


Erin Riley is the Research Technician for MBP. She maintains and manages the MBP teaching laboratory for both students and faculty, and is responsible for inventory, stock ordering, installing and upgrading equipment. Erin also acts as head TA for various MBP courses (Microscopy, Bioprocessing, etc.) and assists faculty with the administration of laboratory courses. Additionally, she supervises students' use of the MBP laboratory.


In 2007, Erin graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a dual major in Microbiology and French Horn performance. She has over six years of bench experience working at UW-Madison, including three years in cancer genetics (brain, leukemia, and prostate) and three years of Vitamin D regulation of upstream enhancer regions. Erin is also a former member of the Edgewood Chamber Orchestra.

Erin Riley

Research Technician III




As communications coordinator, Victoria Harley handles marketing, recruitment, and a broad variety of internal and external communications for MBP. Her primary goals are to increase the program's name recognition, attract and recruit an increasingly competitive pool of domestic and international students, showcase the work of MBP students and faculty, synchronize program branding with McCormick's marketing team, and engage with students and alumni across social media channels.

Victoria holds an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has over four years of experience in editing, publishing, new media and content development. Past employers include: Cox Media Group, W.W. Norton & Company, and Ertel Publishing.

Victoria Harley

Communications Coordinator


As program assistant, Sandy is instrumental in serving our students, faculty, and staff with their administrative needs. An excellent first point of contact, she handles the critical day to day tasks that keep MBP moving forward.

A Chicago native, Sandy finished her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-med and English at the University of Illinois-Champaign in the fall of 2014.

Sandy Orozco

Program Assistant II