Biotechnology Training Program Contacts

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Program Director

Prof. Claudia Schmidt-Dannert
Biochemistry Molecular Biology & Biophysics
274 Gortner Lab
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
612-625-5782
schmi232@umn.edu

Program Administrator

Jen Kalaidis-Meslow
140 Gortner Labs
1479 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
kalai004@umn.edu

BioTechnology Institute

140 Gortner Labs
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6106

612-624-6774
612-625-5780 FAX
bti@umn.edu

Alumni Network

Alumni Network

Alumni Network

Alumni Network

I obtained my PhD in 2008. Since that time I have been working at Cargill in the Biotechnology Research and Development department. I currently have two people from the training grant in my department and we have had many strong interns over the years that we have acquired through our relationship with the training grant.

Erin Marasco, Principal Biochemist Cargill

Career Skills and Professional Development

Our Alumni Network, are a key resource for career insights and planning, and for professional development and networking. Our alumni regularly return to share their insight in different areas, including their experiences in career development and in balancing career and family. In our last winter retreat at the Itasca Biological Station, two alumni (Katie and Aaron Wlaschin) and their young children spent one weekend with our trainees.

The successes of our training grant alumni in their academic and industrial positions serve as the best examples for potential career trajectories in biotechnology for our current trainees. Importantly, our program has created a large appreciative and supportive group of alumni. Every alumnus who has received a request to speak at our training grant Alumni Symposium responded favorably. Our past trainees, of whom the vast majority joined the industrial sector, serve as an informal job referral group for our graduating trainees; our program routinely receives information on entry-level job opening for PhDs from many companies.

Training Grant Alumni

Industry

3M
AbbeVie Inc
Abbott Lab
Abbott Laboratories
Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Amyris
Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge MA
Auri
BDW Biotechnologies LLC
Beckman Coulter
Bend Research
Boehringer-Ingelheim
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Cargill
Cellectis Plant Sciences
CNA Corporation, Washington DC
Dupont
Edeniq Inc
Exact Sciences
General Mills
GENEWIZ
Gilead Sciences
H.B. Fuller Co
Invitrogen
IPNav
Kelco Biopolymers, San Diego
Mayo Clinic
Medtronic
Merck
Micromatrix Medical
New England BioLabs
Novozymes
Pentair
Pivot Bio
Promega Inc.
Scripps
Seagate Technology
SmithKline Beecham
St. Jude Medical
Syntiron, LLC
Sysmex Inostics
Tanox, Inc.
Valspar

Academia

Bethel University
College of Saint Benedict/Saint Johns University
Cornell Medical College
Dept Oncology Wayne State University
George Mason University
Hamline University
Imperial College London
Johns Hopkins University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Penn State University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Saint Catherine University
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
St. Cloud State University
Tufts University Dept Chem and Biol Eng
University of Arizona Dept. Of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of California-Davis
University of Illinois-Chicago
University of Louisville Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vanderbilt University
Western Michigan University

Government

Department of Defense
National Animal Disease Center
Naval Research Laboratory
UMN, Dept. Of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
USAID
USDA, Cereal Disease Laborartory
VA Medical Center, San Francisco

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion

Our training program and its faculty are committed to provide an inclusive and accommodating environment for all students regardless of background or disability. The contributions of scientists whose backgrounds encompass diversity in culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, and economic background are vital to a healthy and constructive research environment. Incorporating diversity in our community, curriculum and research is essential for improving the health and knowledge of all, especially those from historically under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

As a part of this strategy, we strive to provide a learning environment that supports all of our students during their training. We partner with the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, the Disability Resource Center (DRC), and the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) to offer resources for our trainees.

Many of our training grant faculty work with the DRC to accommodate students with disabilities in our classrooms. This may include providing a separate testing and exam taking environment and allowing extra time for exams and tests, conversion of documents, or note taking assistance. All classrooms are wheel chair accessible and every effort will be made to accommodate students with disabilities in our classrooms. UM class syllabi include a statement that instructors are willing to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and ask student to contact the DRC and register with DRC to access resources provided by the UM.

To further strengthen education and training of our faculty on resources offered by the DRC and train them in Best Practices/Universal Design for Instruction (https://diversity.umn.edu/disability/), we will reach out to the DRC and OED to organize training faculty meetings with resource/outreach staff from the DRC and identify 2-3 hr workshops offered by the OED (https://diversity.umn.edu/workshopsandtrainings) to be taken by training faculty and interested students.

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty Advisors

Edgar A. Arriaga

Chemistry

Subcellular Analysis, Mitochondria, Doxorubicin Metabolism

phone: 612-624-8024
email: arriaga@umn.edu
Edgar A. Arriaga

Samira Azarin

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Engineering the Cell Microenvironment, Regulation of Cellular Dormancy and Activation, Stem Cell-based models of Barrier Function

Phone: (612) 301-3488
email: azarin@umn.edu
Samira Azarin

Victor Barocas

Biomedical Engineering

Computational Biomechanics and Transport

Phone: 612-626-5572
email: baroc001@umn.edu
Victor Barocas

David Bernlohr

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Metabolic Control and Regulation in Adipocytes, Obesity/Insulin Action, Lipid Metabolism, Protein-lipid Association, Lipid Oxidation, Proteomics

Phone: 612-624-0839
email: bates001@umn.edu
David Bernlohr

Erin Carlson

Chemistry

Bacterial Communication Mechanisms and Antibiotics. Advancing the Analysis of Biological Systems, Designing and Synthesizing Molecules.

Phone: 612-625-2580
email: carlsone@umn.edu
Erin Carlson

Mark D. Distefano

Chemistry/BTI

Physiology of Anaerobes, Electricity Generation by Electrode-attached Bacteria

Phone: 612-624-0544
email: diste001@umn.edu
Mark D. Distefano

Kevin Dorfman

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Microfluidics, DNA Technologies, Biophysics

Phone: (612) 624-5560
email: dorfman@umn.edu
Kevin Dorfman

Gary M. Dunny

Microbiology

Cell-cell Communication and Gene Regulation in Bacteria, Novel RNA Regulators of Gene Expression, Genetic Determinants of Biofilm Formation

Phone: (612) 625-9930
email: dunny001@umn.edu
Gary M. Dunny

Mikael Elias

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Cellular phosphate uptake and bacterial virulence, Molecular engineering of enzymes and biotechnological applications

Phone: (612) 626-1915
email: mhelias@umn.edu
Mikael Elias

Jeffrey A. Gralnick

Microbiology/BTI

Physiology and synthetic biology of environmental bacteria

Phone: (612) 626-6496
email: gralnick@umn.edu
Jeffrey A. Gralnick

Timothy Griffin

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry, Bioinformatics

Phone: (612) 624-5249
email: tgriffin@umn.edu
Timothy Griffin

Ben Hackel

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Engineering Principles Applied to Chemistry, Biology, and Physiology. Disease Detection, Non-invasive in Vivo Molecular Imaging of Tumors

Phone: (612) 624-7102
email: hackel@umn.edu
Ben Hackel

Christine Haynes

Chemistry

Analytical chemistry, chemical biology, materials chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical physics

Phone: (612) 626-1096
email: chaynes@umn.edu
Christine Haynes

Adrian Hegeman

Horticultural Science

Plant Metabolomics

Phone: (612) 626 3650
email: hegem007@umn.edu
Adrian Hegeman

Wei-Shou Hu

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science/BTI

Genomic Cell Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Bioreaction Engineering

Phone: (612) 625-0546
email: wshu@umn.edu
Wei-Shou Hu

George Karypis

Computer Science and Engineering/BTI

Bioinformatics, Parallel Computing, Data Mining

Phone: (612) 626 7524
email: karypis@cs.umn.edu
George Karypis

Fumiaki Katagiri

Plant Biology

Systems Biology of Plant Disease Resistance

Phone: (612) 624-5195
email: katagiri@umn.edu
Fumiaki Katagiri

Romas Kazlauskas

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics/BTI

Enantioselective Synthesis, Protein Engineering, Catalytic Plasticity, Evolution of Enzymes, Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry

Phone: (612) 624-5904
email: rjk@umn.edu
Romas Kazlauskas

Yiannis Kaznessis

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science/BTI

Computational biology, bioinformatics, statistical mechanics, protein fold recognition, antimicrobial peptides, multiscale modeling

Phone: (612) 624-4197
email: Yiannis@cems.umn.edu
Yiannis Kaznessis

Dan Knights

Computer Science

Computational Biology

Phone: (612) 626- 7502
email: knights@cs.umn.edu
Dan Knights

Efrosini Kokkoli

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

DNA Nanotechnology, Biomolecular Engineering, Targeted Drug & Gene Delivery, Peptide Hydrogels, Biopolymers

Phone: (612) 626-1185
email: kokko002@umn.edu
Efrosini Kokkoli

John D. Lipscomb

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Oxygenase Mechanisms, Metalloproteins, Magnetic Resonance Techniques, Kinetics

Phone: (612) 625-6454
email: lipsc001@umn.edu
John D. Lipscomb

Chad Myers

Computer Science and Engineering

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Phone: (612) 624 8306
email: cmyers@cs.umn.edu
Chad Myer

Michael O’Connor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Molecular Genetics of Development, Growth Factor Signaling, Gene Regulation

Phone: 612-626-0642
email: moconnor@umn.edu
Michael O’Connor

Brenda Ogle

Biomedical Engineering

Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

Phone: (612) 624-5948
email: ogle@umn.edu
 Brenda Ogle

Will Pomerantz

Chemistry

Protein Engineering for Chemical Modulation of Transcription Factor Function

Phone: (612) 624-9091
email: wcp@umn.edu
Will Pomerantz

Michael J. Sadowsky

Soil, Water, and Climate/BTI

Biocatalysis/Biodegradation of Chlorocarbon Compounds, Bioremediation, Plant-microbe Interactions with Bradurhizobiujm and Rhizobium, Ecophysiology of E. coli, Methods to Determine Sources of Bacteria in the Environment

Phone: 612-624-2706
email: sadowsky@umn.edu
Michael J. Sadowsky

Casim Sarkar

Biomedical Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology

Phone: (612) 626 0525
email: csarkar@umn.edu
Casim Sarkar

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics/BTI

Metabolic Pathway Engineering, Combinatorial Biosynthesis, Directed Evolution, Natural Products

Phone: 612-625-5782
email: schmi232@umn.edu
Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

Daniel Schmidt

Genetics, Cell biology, and Development

Protein Engineering, Cellular Engineering

Phone: (612) 625-1180
email: schmida@umn.edu
Daniel Schmidt

Burckhard Seelig

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics/BTI

Biocatalysis, Directed Evolution, Protein Engineering, Artificial Enzymes

Phone: (612) 626-6281
email: seelig@umn.edu
Burckhard Seelig

Wei Shen

Biomedical Engineering Engineering of Biomaterials and Cellular

Microenvironments, Cell-environment Interactions, Biomolecular Engineering

Phone: (612) 624-3771
email: shenx104@umn.edu
Wei Shen

Mike Smanski

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Synthetic Biology, Natural Product Biosynthesis, Engineering Multigene Systems

Phone: (612) 624.9752
email: smanski@umn.edu
Mike Smanski

Robert T. Tranquillo

Biomedical Engineering

Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, Neural Tissue Engineering

Phone: 612-625-6868
email: tranquillo@umn.edu
Robert T. Tranquillo

Daniel Voytas

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Plant Genome Engineering Through Homologous Recombination; Retrotransposable Elements and Genome Organization

email: voytas@umn.edu
Daniel Voytas

Lawrence P. Wackett

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics/BTI

Biodegradation, Microbial Genomics, Metabolic Engineering

Phone: 612-625-3785
email: wacke003@umn.edu
Lawrence P. Wackett

Chun Wang

Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials, Nonviral Delivery of Genes and Vaccines, Tissue Engineering

Phone: (612) 626-3990
email: wangx504@umn.edu
Chun Wang

Kechun Zhang

Chemical Engineering

Principles of Chemistry, Biology and Engineering to Achieve Biosynthesis Beyond Nature

Phone: (612) 626-0635
email: kzhang@umn.edu

 

Program Theme

From Genomes and Biological Systems via Discovery and Synthesis to Products and Processes

Genome – Engineering, Regulation, Interaction

Voytas (Lead), Dunny, Wei-Shou Hu, Katagiri , Myers, O’Connor, Smanski

This group will give our trainees instructions in genome engineering, computational analysis and visualization of biological interaction networks.


Systems – Analysis, Tools

Haynes (Lead), Arriaga, Bernlohr, Distefano,Griffin, Hegeman, John D. Lipscomb, Will Pomerantz, Dan Knights, Daniel Schmidt

Trainees will receive instruction from these trainers in omics approaches and the application of cutting-edge probes and tools.


Discovery and Design – Synthesis, Fabrication

Burckhard Seelig (Lead), Samira Azarin, Erin Carlson, Mikael Elias, Ben Hackel, Romas Kazlauskas, Yiannis Kaznessis, Efrosini Kokkoli, Casim Sarkar, Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

Trainers in this group are interested in the discovery and design of new protein and metabolic pathways with the goal of generating new cellular or protein functions for biotechnological applications. They use synthetic biology and computational design methods to create emergent functions. They combine molecular engineering strategies with computational design, thereby exposing trainees to quantitative and rational molecular design.


Processes and Product – Molecules, Biomaterials

Brenda Ogle (Lead), Victor Barocas, Kevin Dorfman, Jeffrey A. Gralnick, George Karypis, Michael J. Sadowsky, Wei Shen, Robert T. Tranquillo, Lawrence P. Wackett, Chun Wang, Kechun Zhang

This group of faculty is experienced at implementing scientific discoveries and developments into applied technologies and products. They will expose trainees to aspects lof entrepreneurship and innovation.

BME (Biomedical Engineering)


Brenda Ogle

Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

Engineering of biomaterials and cellular microenvironments, cell-environment interactions, biomolecular engineering


Wei Shen

Biomedical Engineering

Engineering of biomaterials and cellular microenvironments, cell-environment interactions, biomolecular engineering


Robert T. Tranquillo

Biomedical Engineering

Cardiovacular tissue engineering, neural tissue engineering


Chun Wang

Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials, non-viral delivery of genes and vaccines, tissue engineering


Victor Barocas

Biomedical Engineering

Ocular biomechanics and transport, tissue- equivalent mechanics, microelectromechanical systems

BMBB (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)


David Bernlohr

BMBB

Metabolic control and regulation in adipocytes, obesity/insulin action, lipid metabolism, protein- lipid association, lipid oxidation, proteomics


Timothy Griffin

BMBB

Proteomics, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics


John D. Lipscomb

BMBB

Oxygenase mechanisms, metalloproteins, magnetic resonance techniques, kinetics


Romas Kazlauskas

BMBB, BTI

Enantioselective synthesis, protein engineering, catalytic plasticity, evolution of enzymes, dynamic combinatorial chemistry


Do-Hyung Kim

BMBB

Biological networks that coordinate metabolism and growth


Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

BMBB; BTI

Metabolic pathway engineering, combinatorial biosynthesis, directed evolution, natural products


Burckhard Seelig

BMBB; BTI

Biocatalysis, directed evolution, protein engineering, artificial enzymes


Lawrence P. Wackett

BMBB; BTI

Biodegradation, microbial genomics, metabolic engineering


Kylie Walters

BMBB

Targeted protein degradation; Protein quality control; NMR spectroscopy

BTI (Biotechnology Training Institute)


Daniel Bond

Microbiology; BTI

Physiology of anaerobes, electricity generation by electrode-attached bacteria


Mark D. Distefano

Chemistry; BTI

Protein engineering, biocatalysis, protein chemistry, enzymology, organic synthesis, protein prenylation


Jeffrey A. Gralnick

Microbiology; BTI

Physiology and genetic engineering of environmental bacteria


Wei-Shou Hu

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Genomic cell engineering, tissue engineering, bioreaction engineering


Romas Kazlauskas

BMBB, BTI

Enantioselective synthesis, protein engineering, catalytic plasticity, evolution of enzymes, dynamic combinatorial chemistry


Yiannis Kaznessis

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Computational biology, bioinformatics, statistical mechanics, protein fold recognition, antimicrobial peptides, multi-scale modeling


Michael J. Sadowsky

Soil, Water and Climate; BTI

Biocatalysis/biodegradation of chlorocarbon compounds, bioremediation, plant-microbe interactions with bradurhizobiujm and rhizobium, exophysiology of E. coli, methods to determine sources of bacteria in the environment


Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

BMBB; BTI

Metabolic pathway engineering, combinatorial biosynthesis, directed evolution, natural products


Burckhard Seelig

BMBB; BTI

Biocatalysis, Directed Evolution, Protein Engineering, Artificial Enzymes


Friedrich Srienc

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Population dynamics and biopolymers


Lawrence P. Wackett

BMBB; BTI

Biodegradation, microbial genomics, metabolic engineering

Chemistry


Edgar A. Arriaga

Chemistry

Subcellular analysis, mitochondria, doxorubicin metabolism


Erin Carlson

Chemistry

Bacterial communication mechanisms and antibiotics


Mark D. Distefano

Chemistry; BTI

Protein engineering, biocatalysis, protein chemistry, enzymology, organic synthesis, protein prenylation


Christy Haynes

Chemistry

Analytical chemistry, chemical biology, materials chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical physics


Will Pomerantz

Chemistry

Protein engineering for chemical modulation of transcription factor function

CEMS (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science)


Kevin Dorfman

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.

Microfluidics, DNA electrophoresis, biophysics


Benjamin Hackel

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.

Molecular imaging, engineering proteins, tumor targeting


Wei-Shou Hu

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Genomic cell engineering, tissue engineering, bioreaction engineering


Yiannis Kaznessis

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Computational biology, bioinformatics, statistical mechanics, protein fold recognition, antimicrobial peptides, multi-scale modeling


Efrosini Kokkoli

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.

Biotechnology and bioengineering polymers


Friedrich Srienc

Chemical Eng. & Mats. Sci.; BTI

Population dynamics and biopolymers


Kechun Zhang

Chemical Engineering & Mats. Sci.

Principles of chemistry, biology, and engineering to achieve biosynthesis beyond nature

CSE (Computer Science & Engineering)


George Karypis

Computer Science and Engineering

Bioinformatics, parallel computing, data mining


Dan Knights

Computer Science and Engineering

Computational biology


Chad Myers

Computer Science and Engineering

Machine learning methods for integrating large- scale genomic datasets to understand gene function and biological networks

GCD (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development)


Judith Berman

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Morphogenesis, cell cycle, chromosome function and genomic structure in yeasts


Scott R. McIvor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Gene therapy for genetic diseases and cancer


Michael O’Connor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Molecular genetics of development, growth factor signaling, gene regulation


Daniel Schmidt

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Protein engineering, cellular engineering


Daniel Voytas

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Plant genome engineering through homologous recombination; Retrotransposable elements and genome organization

Horticultural Science


Adrian Hegeman

Horticultural Science

Plant metabolomics

ECE (Electrical & Computer Engineering)


Mark Riedel

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Logic synthesis and synthetic biology

Mathematics


Hans Othmer

Mathematics

Modeling of complex systems, mathematical biology, morphogenesis

Microbiology


Daniel Bond

Microbiology; BTI

Physiology of anaerobes, electricity generation by electrode-attached bacteria


Gary M. Dunny

Microbiology

Cell-cell communication and gene regulation in bacteria, novel RNA regulators of gene expression


Jeffrey A. Gralnick

Microbiology; BTI

Physiology and genetic engineering of environmental bacteria

Plant Biology


Fumiaki Katagiri

Plant Biology

Systems biology of plant disease resistance

SWAC (Soil, Water, and Climate)


Michael J. Sadowsky

Soil, Water and Climate; BTI

Biocatalysis/biodegradation of chlorocarbon compounds, bioremediation, plant-microbe interactions with bradurhizobiujm and rhizobium, exophysiology of E. coli, methods to determine sources of bacteria in the environment

Alumni Symposium

Alumni Symposium

Alumni Symposium

In early September the NIH Biotechnology Training Program held its first Alumni Symposium to celebrate the past, present, and future of the program. The NIH – BTP is among the largest of its kind nationally and has trained more than 140 PhD students over its 25 year history at the U of M. September’s symposium included seminar presentations from 8 alumni of the program, a ‘Careers in Biotechnology’ Q & A panel with an additional 6 alumni, and a poster session that showcased the research of current trainees. The symposium was a great success for the 100+ in attendance, with engaging science and career talks, plenty of opportunities for networking, and optimism for the future of the program. A big thanks to all who made it possible!

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Symposium Program 

 

Opening Remarks


Mike Sadowsky PhD, UMN Director of BioTechnology Institute
Wei-Shou Hu PhD, UMN Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Claudia Schmidt-Dannert PhD, UMN Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Science and Careers Session 1


Ross Carlson PhD, Montana State University (UMN ‘03) Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering  
Nathan Lindquist PhD, Bethel University (UMN ‘10) Associate Professor of Physics
Emilie Rexeisen PhD, 3M Company (UMN ‘10) Senior Product Development Engineer
Chad Satori PhD, Medtronic (UMN ‘13) Senior Chemist

Careers in Biotechnology Q & A Panel


Susan Abu-Absi PhD, Bristol Myers Squibb (UMN ‘01) Director of Manufacturing Sciences and Technology
Jessica Eichmiller PhD, Alexandria Technical and Community College (UMN ‘12) Biology Instructor
Erin Marasco PhD, Cargill (UMN ‘08) Principal Scientist in Biotechnology
Betsy Martinez-Vaz PhD, Hamline University (UMN ‘01) Associate Professor and Co-Director of Biochemistry Aaron Wlaschin PhD, General Mills, Inc. (UMN ‘06) Senior Engineer II
Katie Wlaschin PhD, 3M Company (UMN ‘07) Advanced Research Specialist
David Umulis PhD, Purdue University (UMN ‘07) Associate Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Science and Careers Session 2


Derek Adams PhD, Evelo Biosciences (UMN ‘00) Senior Vice President, CMC
Benjamin Kidder PhD, Wayne State University (UMN ‘07) Assistant Professor of Oncology
Briana Kozlowicz PhD, Cargill (UMN ‘05) Senior Molecular Biotechnologist
James Wollack PhD, St Catherine University (UMN ‘03) Associate Professor of Chemistry

Student Poster Session

Alumni Network
Training Grant Symposium
Training Grant Symposium
Trainees

Trainees

Trainees

Joe Buchman

Chemistry
jbuchman@umn.edu
Joe Buchanan

Ben Hanson

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Hans5090@umn.edu
Ben

Anh La

Biomedical Engineering
laxxx029@umn.edu
Anh

Rebecca Maysonet

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Mayso004@umn.edu
Rebecca

Brian Mikolajczyk

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Mikol010@umn.edu
Brian

Sofie O’Brien

Biomedical Engineering
Bluvs002@umn.edu
Sofie

Jennifer One

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Onexx001@umn.edu
Jennifer

Kevin Ortiz-Rivera

Biomedical Engineering
Ortiz209@umn.edu
Kevin

Seth Ritter

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Ritte120@umn.edu
Seth

Allison Siehr

Biomedical Engineering
siehr003@umn.edu
Allison

Molly Kupfer

Biomedical Engineering
kupfe018@umn.edu
Molly

Jeannette Caronia

Biomedical Engineering
caron100@umn.edu
Jeannette

Adeline Espinasse

Chemistry
espin109@umn.edu
Adeline

 

Meghan McCann

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
mccan234@umn.edu
Meghan

Michael Maher

College of Biological Sciences
mmaher@umn.edu
Michael

Jason Jones

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
jone2616@umn.edu
Jason

Kelly Wallin

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Walli241@umn.edu
Kelly

Natalie Smith-Hudson

Chemistry
hudso283@umn.edu
Natalie

Tim Horn

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
horn0399@umn.edu
Tim

Former Trainees

1995


David Mills

Bryce Pierson

Kristi Swope

1996


Paul August

Barbara Bensing

J. Nanette Paul

1997


Ronald Davies

David Reeder

Paul Sheldon

Ryan Taber

Florence Wu

1998


JJ Hahn

Daniel Jackson

Timothy Leaf

John McLaughlin

Frank Volkers

1999


Eric Eckwall

Paul Hermes

Scott Frykman

Shane Cain

Steven Wendell

Tammy Turek

2000


Claire Hypolite

Derek Adams

Jason Patzlaff

Julie Friend

Olav Lyngberg

2001


Susan Abu-Absi

Kevin Dolbeare

Aileen Green

Edmund Kao

Aaron Kelley

Betsy M. Martinez-Zayas

Barbara May

Jennifer Seffernick

Emmanouhl Tzanakakis

Michael Valley

Michelle Wagner

2002


Nicholas Abu-Absi

Jerry Johnson

Michael Paustian

Jessica West

2003


Adrian Anderson

Ross Carlson

Stephanie Groce

Simon Shannon

Brian Trammel

2004


Marcela De Leon Gatti

Lisa Herron-Olson

Robert Schwartz

2005


Jason Belter

James Kacmar

Briana Kozlowicz

Erik Pederson

Jack Staddon

2006


Kenneth Finley

Jeffrey (Clem) Fortman

Heather Haemig (Hrodey)

Patrick Hossler

Kevin Watts

Andrew Wilber

Aaron Wlaschin

2007


Charles Cameron

Benjamin Kiddler

Bobby Poe

Howard Salis

David Umulis

Katie Wlaschin

2008


Janelle Cockrell

Anthony Dodge

Jimmy Gosse

Allison Langham

Erin Marasco

2009


Matthew Hamilton

Anne Kantardijeff

Karen Olson

Jonathan Tomshine

James Wollack

2010


Daniel Coursolle

Amanda Degraw

Johnathan Gorke

Bree Hamman

Nathan Lindquist

Emilie Rexesien (Grzywa)

2011


Kelly Bouchonville

Janice Frias

Tyler Price

Tyler Yin

2012


Christina Brakken-Thal

Laura (Case) Cook

Daisy Cross

Jessica Eichmiller

Rachel Hillmer

Margaret Linak

Josh Ochocki

Jason Owens

Janet Rollefson Lawrence

2013


Richard Beck

Stephan Cameron

Sean Corum

Kevin DeRonne

John Haugner

Chris Kauffman

Joel Kooren

Chad Satori

Ilya Tikh

Katherine Volzing

Brett Waybrant

Adam Woodruff

2014


Nick Baltes

Sarah Bloch (Spainhour)

Timothy Johnson

Nicholas Kotloski

David Panus

Patrick Smadbeck

2015


Veronica Diaz-Rodriguez

Ian Gunsolus

Jeremiah Riesberg

2016


Sarah Gruba

Current Graduate Student


Brittany Bennett

Rebecca Breuer

Clairessa Brown

Joseph Buchman

David Chau

James Christenson

Heather Grundhofer

Amy Hauck

Sarah Hunt

Bryan Jones

Anh La

Amani Lee

Maria McClintock

Brian Mikolajczyk

Daniel Mohr

Lauren Otto

Carolyn Scott

Scott Simpkins

Lawrence Stern

Andrew Urick