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Underground life drives drug research

Minnesota Daily features BTI members Christine Salomon and Jeff Gralnick in feature on Soundan Mine research. more >>

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

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

University of Minnesota, Postdoctoral Position, Plant-Microbe Interactions

A postdoctoral position is immediately available for large-scale multiple genotypic/phenotypic analysis of Sinorhizobium sp. strains and to study their interaction with Medicago at the physiological, genomic and genetic levels. This project is part of the UMN Hapmap Project (

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in the Sinorhizobium MegaGenome Sequencing Project. Appointment is for 1 year at 100% time, and is renewable for up to one year depending on progress and the availability of funds. Excellent benefits are provided. Applicants require a Ph.D. degree in microbiology, plant biology, molecular biology, or a related field. Familiarity with symbiotic systems is highly desirable.

Candidates should submit a cover letter indicating their interest in the position and detailing experience and past research success. Include a copy of your curriculum vitae and have three references submit letters attesting to your suitability for this position.

Send all information via email to:
Michael Sadowsky
BioTechnology Institute
University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Post Doctoral Research Staff Member Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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 >>