Electricity from bacteria opens a world of possibilities. Using primitive electricity, some bacteria can change the electrical state of metals—notably iron, but also uranium, manganese, and arsenic. more >>
University researchers are on the cutting edge of a novel process that harnesses natural bacteria to purify water contaminated by hydrofracking—the process of pumping water underground to open up ancient stores of natural gas and oil. more >>
Bioremediation–the use of microorganisms to remove pollutants from the environment– is a growing and powerful field of scientific research. It presents new opportunities for researchers to partner with industry to develop sustainable solutions for increasingly complex and costly environmental challenges.more >>
Enzymes evolved in the lab hold commercial and scientific promise. more >>
The Biotechnology Gateway takes a look at researchers and important research developments at the BioTechnology Institute. more >>
Computational models help researchers predict how different organisms will work together. more >>
Claudia Schmidt-Dannert is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. more >>
BTI researchers' efforts to reproduce bacterial protein microcompartments in non-native host cells may improve biocatalytic processes. more >>
Michael Sadowsky is part of a team that has developed a 'bacteria transplant' which helps cure infections of the intestinal tract. more >>
BTI researchers demonstrate how multicellularity can evolve from single-celled organisms. more >>
Higher heat treatment of solid wastes more effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. more >>
BTI researchers develop a test for food adulterants using enzymes. more >>
Larry Wackett (BTI, BMBB) will offer a new course on Biocatalysis & Biodegradation. Closely aligned with the MnDrive initiative: Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment, the course will include guest lectures by industry experts. Lecture dates will be posted so that interested postdoc and graduate students may attend.
Have you ever wondered how all the pieces of life fit together? Igor Libourel (BTI, Plant Biology) will offer a new course in systems biology Systems biology is an emerging approach to understanding the complex world of biology using mathematics and high-performance computing.
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The University of Minnesota is hiring faculty for an interdisciplinary research cluster supported by Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation for Minnesota’s Economy (MnDRIVE). This initiative focuses on using scientific discovery and innovation to enhance efficient environmental stewardship and to position the state as a leader in key industries. Microbial Systems for the Bioremediation of Water and Soils cluster hire is the first in a series linked to MnDrive's “Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment” Initiative and will focus on areas such as wastewater treatment, microbial remediation of agricultural runoff, and biologically based resource recovery.
New faculty hires will be sought with expertise in metal transformations, the degradation and remediation of organic contaminants, and the recovery and treatment of inorganic nutrients. All faculty members will have co-appointments in the BioTechnology Institute (BTI) to facilitate interactions between faculty across multiple colleges and departments and with Minnesota industries.Learn more at z.umn.edu/bioremediationhiring
A position is immediately available for production of microbiota for transplantation therapy to treat and cure intestinal and other human diseases. Join an active group of University of Minnesota researchers and physicians to generate, quantify, and evaluate microbiota for use in transplantation therapy. There is potential to do additional research, including metagenomic analyses, in microbiota therapeutics, a new field in Medicine. Personnel will have to adhere to standard, pharamceautical-like, GMP production methods and be able to interact with a variety of professionals, including industry.
Biotechnology, biofuels, synthetic ecology summer research fellowships for undergraduates at the Biotechnology Institute. more >>
The BioTechnology Institute (BTI), in partnership with the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), supports a program to encourage the development of technologies with significant commercial appeal. more >>
Since 1990, the Biotechnology Training Program has provided gifted graduate students with cross-disciplinary courses, collaborative research, industrial and global interactions, ethics training, and specialized retreats and seminars in biotechnology. more >>
The MicE degree meets the demand in biotechnology industries for employees with advanced training in a combination of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and chemical engineering. more >>
MicE 5355 is offered through the BioTechnology Institute to both students and industry professionals and provides hands-on experience in fermentation as well as an opportunity for both students and professionals to connect and collaborate. more >>
BTI Director Michael Sadowsky is leading an effort to document the Mississippi River in a new way.
Unique microorganisms and geological structures exist in the depths of the old Soudan Iron Mine on Minnesota's Vermilion Range. WCCO television recently journeyed there with BTI researchers to explore traces of ancient life. more >>