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Upcoming Events

John Peters

Montana State University
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, April 3, 2014
239 Gortner
Hosted by Burckhard Seelig

Aunica Kane

Student Seminar
Tue, April 15, 12:20pm – 1:20pm
2-137 JacH | Minneapolis Campus
Advisor: Jeff Gralnick

Paula Mouser

Ohio State University
3:30-4:30, Thursday April 24, 2013
239 Gortner Lab | St. Paul
Hosted by Larry Wackett

Ryan Gill

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
3:30-4:30, Thursday May 1, 2014
239 Gortner Lab | St. Paul
Hosted by Kechun Zhang


Electrifying potential

Electricity from bacteria opens a world of possibilities. Using primitive electricity, some bacteria can change the electrical state of metals—notably iron, but also uranium, manganese, and arsenic. more >>

Bioremediation: Purifying bad water with good bacteria

University researchers are on the cutting edge of a novel process that harnesses natural bacteria to purify water contaminated by hydrofracking—the process of pumping water underground to open up ancient stores of natural gas and oil. more >>

Bioremediation: Under the microscope: examining the promise of remediation

Bioremediation–the use of microorganisms to remove pollutants from the environment– is a growing and powerful field of scientific research. It presents new opportunities for researchers to partner with industry to develop sustainable solutions for increasingly complex and costly environmental challenges.more >>

Jurassic Park molecules?

Enzymes evolved in the lab hold commercial and scientific promise. more >>

Biotechnology Gateway

The Biotechnology Gateway takes a look at researchers and important research developments at the BioTechnology Institute. more >>

The power to predict microbial behavior

Computational models help researchers predict how different organisms will work together. more >>

New McKnight Professor named

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. more >>

Microcompartments can be bioreactors

BTI researchers' efforts to reproduce bacterial protein microcompartments in non-native host cells may improve biocatalytic processes. more >>

Balancing the body's bacterial ecosystems

Michael Sadowsky is part of a team that has developed a 'bacteria transplant' which helps cure infections of the intestinal tract. more >>

New insights into origins of multicellularity

BTI researchers demonstrate how multicellularity can evolve from single-celled organisms. more >>

Fighting super strains of bacteria with heat

Higher heat treatment of solid wastes more effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. more >>

Enzyme testing for food contaminants

BTI researchers develop a test for food adulterants using enzymes. more >>

Position Openings

Visit BTI’s new Jobs Page

Visit the Jobs Page for current Academic and Industry Positions in Biotech and related fields.

New England Biolabs—Postdoctoral Fellowship—Gene Expression Division

The Gene Expression Division invites applications for the position of postdoctoral fellow to focus on developing one or more unique platforms for enzyme engineering or directed evolution of enzyme function. Development of such engineering platforms will result in new products or new applications for existing NEB products.

Arzeda – Metabolic Engineer – Small Business Innovation Research Award

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project focuses on the development of a high-yield fermentation route for the production of levulinic acid (LA). LA is one of the best-suited C5 building blocks for bio-refinery production due to higher value, broad applications, and likely quick adoption by the chemical industry. Success in this program will enable markets in excess of $25B/y.

Microbial Systems for the Bioremediation of Water and Soils faculty cluster hire

The University of Minnesota is hiring faculty for an interdisciplinary research cluster supported by Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation for Minnesota’s Economy (MnDRIVE). This initiative focuses on using scientific discovery and innovation to enhance efficient environmental stewardship and to position the state as a leader in key industries. Microbial Systems for the Bioremediation of Water and Soils cluster hire is the first in a series linked to MnDrive's “Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment” Initiative and will focus on areas such as wastewater treatment, microbial remediation of agricultural runoff, and biologically based resource recovery.

New faculty hires will be sought with expertise in metal transformations, the degradation and remediation of organic contaminants, and the recovery and treatment of inorganic nutrients. All faculty members will have co-appointments in the BioTechnology Institute (BTI) to facilitate interactions between faculty across multiple colleges and departments and with Minnesota industries.

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Advanced Study at BTI

BTI Undergraduate Fellows

Biotechnology, biofuels, synthetic ecology summer research fellowships for undergraduates at the Biotechnology Institute. more >>

Innovation Investment Program

The BioTechnology Institute (BTI), in partnership with the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), supports a program to encourage the development of technologies with significant commercial appeal. more >>

Biotechnology Training Program

Since 1990, the Biotechnology Training Program has provided gifted graduate students with cross-disciplinary courses, collaborative research, industrial and global interactions, ethics training, and specialized retreats and seminars in biotechnology. more >>

Graduate program in Microbial Engineering

The MicE degree meets the demand in biotechnology industries for employees with advanced training in a combination of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and chemical engineering. more >>

Course in advanced fermentation

MicE 5355 is offered through the BioTechnology Institute to both students and industry professionals and provides hands-on experience in fermentation as well as an opportunity for both students and professionals to connect and collaborate. more >>

Hear BTI Director talk about M3P


BTI Director Michael Sadowsky is leading an effort to document the Mississippi River in a new way.

Mysteries of the Soudan Mine

Unique microorganisms and geological structures exist in the depths of the old Soudan Iron Mine on Minnesota's Vermilion Range. WCCO television recently journeyed there with BTI researchers to explore traces of ancient life. more >>