THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

BioTechnology Institute

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

BioTechnology Institute

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

BioTechnology Institute

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

BioTechnology Institute

About BTI

Since its inception in 1984, The BioTechnology Institute (BTI)

has supported world-class biotechnology research at the University of Minnesota and provides critical infrastructure, training, and connections to partners in the state’s thriving biotechnology industry. Through the Biotechnology Training Program and the Graduate Program in Microbial Engineering, and our research initiatives, cutting-edge microbial cell fermentation and downstream processing services, we continue to support research within the University and serve as a vital link to industry partners.

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-BTI Director, Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

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What We Offer

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.

Research News

Learn About Our Research

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

A Helpful Fungus Among Us

Mine wastewater bioremediation on Minnesota’s Iron Range

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.

Engineering a self-cleaning environment

UMN researchers create self-cleaning Biohubs to mitigate the impact of pollutants in Minnesota’s waterways

Minnesota Lakes in Peril

UMN researchers use DNA technology to track fecal contamination in Minnesota waters

Saving Little Brown Myotis

Can native microbes help protect Minnesota’s bat population from the deadly white-nose bat syndrome?

Advancing Biotech Byte by Byte

How computational biology is solving the big data dilemma, one question at a time. Plus Q&A's with Dan Knights and Chad Myers When you log onto Facebook, your profile provides the company with a truckload of data about you — where you hang out, what you “Like”,...

Seminars and Events

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

Event Details

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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

Scripps Website THURSDAY  I  APR. 28  I  3:30-4:30 PM CST  I  HYBRID SEMINARTO JOIN REMOTELY, GO TO: Z.UMN.EDU/BTI-2022-SPRING-SEMINARS

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

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.

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

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