BioTechnology Institute

About BTI

Our Mission

Since its inception in 1984, BTI has supported world-class biotechnology research. Through the Biotechnology Training Program and the Graduate Program in Microbial Engineering and cutting-edge microbial production and downstream processing services, we continue to support research within the University and serve as a vital link to industry partners.

World-class Research

BTI is home to cutting-edge research in synthetic biology, bioconversion, bioremediation, protein engineering, and natural products discovery. Read our Gateway blog for stories about research, partnerships with local industry and the impact of our work on communities across Minnesota.  

Seminars & Events

Our seminar and event series supports the research and educational mission of the University through weekly lecture and workshop series, symposia, and community programming. Please see our full schedule for format details.

Research News

Programs and Services

Biotechnology Resource Center

Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) 

The BRC provides contract development and manufacturing services for University researchers and external partners. The BRC is a vital part of the state’s thriving biotech ecosystem.

Biotechnology Training 

BTI is home to the NIH supported Biotechnology Training Program which provides interdiscplinary, lab-based training and mentorship for students pursuing careers in academia and industry.


Graduate Program

BTI’s Graduate Program in Microbial Engineering draws on faculty from across the University in a dual-track program designed for students coming from life science and engineering backgrounds.

BTI is an interdisciplinary research institute whose members come from departments and colleges across the University.

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