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Biocatalysis Initiative


BioTechnology Institute

The BioTechnology Institute is the central University of Minnesota vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology. more >>

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering was formed on July 1, 2006, from the merger of the former departments of “Bio-based Products” and “Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.” The department focus is on discovery, development and application of renewable resources and sustainable technologies to meet society's needs while enhancing the environment in Minnesota and beyond. more >>

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
and Biophysics - Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology Division

The department has equally strong interests in understanding the molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases and cancer, developing novel strategies in biocatalysis and biotechnology, and advancing knowledge through structural biology and molecular biophysics. more >>

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has graduate faculty specializing in interdisciplinary areas of chemical biology that include: bioanalytical and biomaterials chemistry, computational chemistry, design and synthesis, enzyme chemistry, structure and spectroscopy, and nucleic acids. more >>

Department of Chemical Engineering
and Materials Science

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has a graduate focus on biotechnology and bioengineering research. more >>

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

The College of Pharmacy has a Medicinal Chemistry department and graduate program that is one of the top-rated in the country. This department consists of a diverse group of faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral-fellows working at the interface of chemistry and biology and is home to the editorial office of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. more >>

Gortner Lab

The BioTechnology Institute is home to the University's Biocatalysis Initiative and has been awarded recurrent funding to support university-wide biocatalysis research.