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MnDRIVE Funding Opportunities

As part of our University of Minnesota MnDRIVE Initiative: Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment, we now request proposals for new MnDRIVE research projects in the area of Microbial Systems for Bioremediation.

2015-2016 Seed Grants are available in three categories: postdoctoral research, graduate student research, and undergraduate research. Additional information and online applications are available on our MnDRIVE funding page


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Underground life drives drug research

Minnesota Daily features BTI members Christine Salomon and Jeff Gralnick in feature on Soundan Mine research. more >>

Electrifying potential

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 >>

Bioremediation: Purifying bad water with good bacteria

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: Under the microscope: examining the promise of remediation

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 >>

Jurassic Park molecules?

Enzymes evolved in the lab hold commercial and scientific promise. more >>

Biotechnology Gateway

The Biotechnology Gateway takes a look at researchers and important research developments at the BioTechnology Institute. more >>

The power to predict microbial behavior

Computational models help researchers predict how different organisms will work together. more >>

New McKnight Professor named

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. more >>

Microcompartments can be bioreactors

BTI researchers' efforts to reproduce bacterial protein microcompartments in non-native host cells may improve biocatalytic processes. more >>

Balancing the body's bacterial ecosystems

Michael Sadowsky is part of a team that has developed a 'bacteria transplant' which helps cure infections of the intestinal tract. more >>

New insights into origins of multicellularity

BTI researchers demonstrate how multicellularity can evolve from single-celled organisms. more >>

Fighting super strains of bacteria with heat

Higher heat treatment of solid wastes more effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. more >>

Enzyme testing for food contaminants

BTI researchers develop a test for food adulterants using enzymes. more >>

Position Openings

Visit the BTI jobs page

Visit the Jobs Page for current Academic and Industry Positions in Biotech and related fields.

2 US based and 2 German Based Support Specialists/ Computational Biology and Project Managers

Position in Microbiology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Luther College: Two visiting assistant professor positions in biology

Merck Research Laboratories Biocatalysis Group

Assistant Professor in Environmental/Soil Microbiology, New Mexico State University

Principal Radiation Biologist
Humanetics Corporation, Minneapolis Minnesota

Post Doctoral Opportunity:

Gilead: Senior Research Associate I, Upstream Bioprocess Development

CARGILL: Senior Enzymologist-WAY04839

Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation faculty cluster hire

The Department of Earth Sciences and The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) at the University of Minnesota seek applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation. We are interested in a broad range of topics in geomicrobiology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, or related fields, with application in areas such as acid mine drainage bioremediation, dynamics of sulfate and nitrate removal, microbial bioremediation, biomining, and/or groundwater bioremediation. The appointment will be a 9 month (B-Term), tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level with responsibilities in research, teaching, and service. Rank will be determined based on qualifications. The Department of Earth Sciences, located in the College of Science and Engineering, will be the academic and teaching home, and the BioTechnology Institute, in the College of Biological Sciences, will be co-home for research activities.

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Advanced Study at BTI

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 >>