A new study published in the journal Science, involving University of Minnesota researchers Chad Myers, looks at genes as a social network within the body, interacting in groups. The approach may change the way we understanding the genetic roots of disease.
The University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges Research Grants were recently announced, and four teams including BTI faculty members were among this year’s recipients awmembers was well represented. They were Co-PI’s and team members on four separate exploratory grants. Read the full announcement
The University of Minnesota startup Minnepura Technologies Inc for which Larry Wackett and Al Aksan are technical advisors, was recently named among the 35 “Best University Startups 2016” by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. Read the article on the INQUIRY blog here. Their research into make pool water reusable through bioremediation was highlighted on the Institute on the Environment website. Read the article here.
This year's event builds on the theme of Microbial Factories. Presentations will focus on the use of microbes in the production of novel compounds and commodity chemicals — using both natural and engineered systems. Formal presentations followed by lightning talks and a poster session. Refreshments and lunch provided. Information and registration information at:2017 Microbial Factories Symposium.
The NRAGS symposium on April 14 is a student-led event designed to showcase student work from across departments. Any student whose research deals with a broadly-defined natural resources-related topic is welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be served throughout the day. Submit a short abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. RSVP for the event and your lunch preferences.
Letters of Intent are due March 13 for the 2017 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. Administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research, OVPR is committed to facilitating strong core facilities as the backbone for research excellence and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Available funding will be directed toward new or existing facilities, service centers, or other shared resources across the University system. Matching funds are required. The deadline for completed proposals is April 10.
The deadline to apply for research space in the new Driven to Discover Research Facility (D2D) at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair has been extended. D2D is for faculty, staff, and students from any U of M campus wishing to recruit participants from among the fair's 1.9 million annual visitors--for on-the-spot research or for studies conducted elsewhere. A two-page application is due March 3.
Transform an unused space on campus into your own sustainable laboratory by a Living Lab project proposal. Campus grounds and buildings are not only a backdrop of campus life, but can be used as a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning. Selected proposals will receive campus space and assistance with the facilitation of an approved project. Apply by March 2.
Pre-application: December 19, 2016
Full Application (By Invitation Only): March 30, 2017
he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program within the Office of Science (SC) recently released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts. This $75 million FOA, led by the Genomic Science Program within BER, hopes to advance the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and bioenergy through engineered microbial systems and plant systems design. See the full Funding Opportunity Announcement for details.
Biotechnology, biofuels, synthetic ecology summer research fellowships for undergraduates at the Biotechnology Institute. more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
BTI Director Michael Sadowsky is leading an effort to document the Mississippi River in a new way.
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 >>