THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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.
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.
Q&A with BTI Director Claudia Schmidt-Dannert
As the BioTechnology Institute’s new director, longtime faculty member Claudia Schmidt-Dannert aims to plant the institute firmly on the front lines of emerging needs and opportunities.
Undercover Operative: Environmental Microbiologist Infiltrates the World of Human Microbiome Research
BTI Researcher Christopher Staley uses an ecology framework to tackle the human microbiome and its intricate secrets.
Synthetic Cells and Biofactories
Kate Adamala and the Build-a-Cell consortium look to synthetic biology for insight into the origins of life and a source for vital raw materials.
Programs and Services
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.
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.
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.