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Landmark genetic interaction map reveals the networks of cellular life

A new study published in the journal Science, involving University of Minnesota researchers Chad Myers, looks at genes as a social network within the body, interacting in groups. The approach may change the way we understanding the genetic roots of disease.

BTI Members Recieve Grand Challenges Research Grants

The University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges Research Grants were recently announced, and four teams including BTI faculty members were among this year’s recipients awmembers was well represented. They were Co-PI’s and team members on four separate exploratory grants. Read the full announcement

BTI Members Larry Wackett and Al Aksan recognized 

The University of Minnesota startup Minnepura Technologies Inc for which Larry Wackett and Al Aksan are technical advisors, was recently named among the 35 “Best University Startups 2016” by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. Read the article on the INQUIRY blog here. Their research into make pool water reusable through bioremediation was highlighted on the Institute on the Environment website. Read the article here.

Job Listings

Post Doctoral and Research Scientist

Posted February 15, 2017

Research Associate II

Posted February 10, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship
on Plant Functional Genomics

Posted January 19, 2017

Faculty Position
The Microbiome in Animal Health and Disease

Posted January 6, 2017

Yeast Molecular Biologist

Posted January 6, 2017

Upcoming Events

Grand Challenges Vision Symposium
Innovations in Biology - Advancing Biomanufacturing

April 20, 2017 | 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
April 21, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Commons Hotel, Pinnacle Ballroom
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus

This university-wide symposium will showcase innovative research from academic and industrial partners who are working to address challenges in the industrialization of biology and advancing biomanufacturing. Students, postdocs, and faculty are invited to participate! Speaker and registration information.

BioReactor - Networking Event

April 24, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cargill Auditorium and Atrium
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

Sign up for BioReactor, BTI's networking event for biotechnology researchers and professionals. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates have the opportunity to showcase posters of their research in an informal environment with refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres. If you would like to present your research, please email a brief description to Tom Douville by April 14, 2017. Register here.

Funding and
Advanced Study

#CitSciDay 2017

Does your department/unit have a citizen science project?
Friday, April 14 is the kickoff of #CitSciDay 2017, which runs through May 20.

Send me details and links via email or tag @BellMuseum on Twitter—the Bell Museum would love to give as many signal boosts to UMN projects as we can.

Call for Hot Papers

Are you a graduate student? Would you like a chance to speak at 2017 ASM Microbe?
The upcoming 2017 ASM Microbe meeting in New Orleans, LA is featuring a highly interactive platform called the Track Hub. Within the Host-Microbe Biology (HMB) Track, we will be convening a Hot Papers Journal Club. We are requesting students from journal clubs and regional ASM chapters to propose recent papers within the broad area of Host-Microbe Biology for brief presentations of highlights, findings, and implications. More info.

Call for Proposals - 5th Annual Natural Resources Association of Graduate Students Symposium

The NRAGS symposium on April 14 is a student-led event designed to showcase student work from across departments. Any student whose research deals with a broadly-defined natural resources-related topic is welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be served throughout the day. Submit a short abstract to to participate. RSVP for the event and your lunch preferences.

Announcing the 2017 Research Infrastructure Investment Program

Letters of Intent are due March 13 for the 2017 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. Administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research, OVPR is committed to facilitating strong core facilities as the backbone for research excellence and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Available funding will be directed toward new or existing facilities, service centers, or other shared resources across the University system. Matching funds are required. The deadline for completed proposals is April 10.

Need pilot data fast? Recruit hundreds of participants within days at the State Fair

The deadline to apply for research space in the new Driven to Discover Research Facility (D2D) at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair has been extended. D2D is for faculty, staff, and students from any U of M campus wishing to recruit participants from among the fair's 1.9 million annual visitors--for on-the-spot research or for studies conducted elsewhere. A two-page application is due March 3.

Submit a Living Lab proposal

Transform an unused space on campus into your own sustainable laboratory by a Living Lab project proposal. Campus grounds and buildings are not only a backdrop of campus life, but can be used as a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning. Selected proposals will receive campus space and assistance with the facilitation of an approved project. Apply by March 2.

Funding Opportunity: DOE Announces Solicitation for Biosystems Design for Next-Generation Biofuels, Bioproducts

Pre-application: December 19, 2016
Full Application (By Invitation Only): March 30, 2017

he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program within the Office of Science (SC) recently released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts. This $75 million FOA, led by the Genomic Science Program within BER, hopes to advance the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and bioenergy through engineered microbial systems and plant systems design. See the full Funding Opportunity Announcement for details.

BTI Undergraduate Fellows

Biotechnology, biofuels, synthetic ecology summer research fellowships for undergraduates at the Biotechnology Institute. more >>

Innovation Investment Program

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 >>

Biotechnology Training Program

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 >>

Graduate program in Microbial Engineering

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 >>

Course in advanced fermentation

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 >>

Hear BTI Director talk about M3P


BTI Director Michael Sadowsky is leading an effort to document the Mississippi River in a new way.

Mysteries of the Soudan Mine

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 >>