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    BioTechnology Institute
    University of Minnesota
    140 Gortner Labs
    1479 Gortner Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108-6106

    612-625-5780 FAX

BTI History

1983-84   1985-86   1987-88   1989-90   1991-92   1993-94  
1995-96   1997-99   2000-01   2002-03   2004-05   2006-09

1989 BPTI office

Garry Dunny, Robert Brooker, Paul August, Michael Flickinger and Kristi Iskierka celebrate an early milestone, continued funding for the BPTI in 1989.

Increased Visibility

After renovation of its lab space in Gortner was completed and with the publication of its first research annual report in 1988, the BPTI was ready to expand its influence and visibility. In 1989, it hosted the first Midwest Biotechnology Symposium, a joint effort with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa that was the first of many other symposia that the institute was to host.

New Faculty Hires

Also in 1989, the BPTI hired Prof. Gary M. Dunny as a joint appointment in Microbiology and Dr. Jeffrey Tate as industrial liaison.

In 1990, Prof. David Sherman, who did his doctoral work in organic chemistry atColumbia University, was also hired as a joint appointment in Microbiology.


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) training grant in biotechnology originated in 1990 and has since been renewed at the level of 16 students per year. over a hundred students have been drawn from the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Plant Biology, Veterinary Pathobiology, Medicinal Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Science.


  • Prof. Gary M. Dunny hired as joint appointment: BPTI and Microbiology.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Tate hired as industrial liason.

  • BPTI hosts first Midwest Biotechnology Symposium with U of Wisc., U of Iowa and Iowa State.

  • Prof. David H. Sherman hired as joint appointment: BPTI and Microbiology.

  • BPTI hosts International Streptococcal Genetics Symposium.

  • >National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Training Grant awarded.