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Our seminar and event series supports the research and educational mission of the University through a biweekly lecture series, symposia, and community programming. Spring semester lectures and seminars will be held in either a hybrid format or online via Zoom. Please see our full schedule for format details.

Ludmilla Aristilde

University of Minnesota September 15, 2022 3:30 PM, 239 Gortner Multi-Omics Investigation of Carbon Flux Networks in Environmental Bacteria of Biotechnological Relevance

Sean Elliot

Boston University

3:30 September 22, 2022
239 Gortner
Reception to follow

Redox Enzymes of Carbon Transformation, through an electrochemical lens

Art Edison

University of Georgia

September 29, 2022
3:30 PM, 151D Amundson Hall
East Bank

Unique Strengths of NMR Metabolomics:  In vivo metabolism and improved compound identification

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Bio & Tech Innovation Flash Talks

Event DetailsBio & Tech Innovation Flash Talks The Bio & Tech Innovation (BTI) Series is a seminar series led by graduate students and postdocs to foster career development in industrial applications and academic research in biotechnology-related fields.Flash...

Ben Shen

Event DetailsBen Shen Scripps WebsiteLeveraging a large microbial strain collection for natural products studies Scripps Florida houses one of the world’s largest actinobacterial strain collections, totaling >125,00 strains. These strains were isolated over the...

Michi Taga

Event DetailsMichi Taga University of California, Berkeley WebsiteCorrinoids in Communities: Nutrient sharing in the microbial world Microbial communities inhabit nearly all environments on earth. These communities are often composed of hundreds or more species that...

Ariel Furst

Event DetailsAriel Furst Massachusetts Institute of Technology WebsiteBio-derived materials for sustainability & environmental remediation Significant effort has been devoted to developing chemistries to effectively mimic biological processes. Despite decades of...

Ben Shen


Michi Taga

University of California, Berkeley Website THURSDAY  I  APR. 14  I  3:30-4:30 PM CST  I  HYBRID SEMINARTO JOIN REMOTELY, GO TO: Z.UMN.EDU/BTI-2022-SPRING-SEMINARS Will HarcombeJeff Gralnick

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.

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.

The DNA Solution

The exploding yeast and fluorescent fish are interesting, for sure. But for Michael Smanski, the real attraction of synthetic biology is the chance to work at the cusp of a new era in biology—one that holds promise for improving food production, medical care, climate change adaptation, pollution cleanup and more.

Building New Metabolic Pathways

Microbes are nothing if not industrious. The metabolic pathways (linked series of chemical reactions) in these tiny organisms lead them to crank out a wide variety of molecules for all sorts of purposes — and that’s what has Mike Freeman’s attention.

A Helpful Fungus Among Us

Some experts estimate that there are over two million species of fungi living on Earth today. Excellent scavengers and nutrient recyclers, many fungi also gather materials from their surroundings and can even capture and store environmental contaminants.

Tapping the Talents of Enzymes

BTI researchers are working to discover, understand, and improve our ability to enlist the help of molecules that catalyze life.

Understanding a Toxic Necessity

Jannell Bazurto, assistant professor of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota, is pursuing a better understanding of formaldehyde, a chemical that is carcinogenic, toxic, and produced by all living things.

The Fight for Safer Food

To confront the threat of persistent foodborne pathogens, Steve Bowden turns to novel techniques.

A Micro Lens on a Macroscopic Question

A Q&A with PhD Candidate Anna Bennett

Synthesizing Sustainability

UMN scientists produce high-value beta-lactones from waste for use in antibiotic and anti-cancer therapies.

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

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