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The University of Tokyo Exchange Program

This spring, the BioTechnology Institute (BTI) will establish a new research exchange program and partnership with the University of Tokyo, Japan’s oldest University and one of the world’s top research institutions. We sat down with BTI Director Michael Sadowsky to discuss the program and his recent trip to Japan. Read More > >


Read BTI's Gateway Blog


Underground life drives drug research

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

Job Opportunities

Visit the BTI jobs page

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

Environmental Microbiologist – Natural Resource Research Institute

Posted January 26, 2016

Postdoctoral position in plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution

Posted January 25, 2016

Post Doctoral Research Associate — Plant Sciences — South Dakota State University

Posted January 7, 2016

Environmental Microbiology Cluster Hire – University of New Hampshire

Posted November 17, 2015

Postdoctoral Position – Microbiology and Sediment Bioremediation by Polychaetes

Posted November 11, 2015


Funding and
Advanced Study

Undergraduate Research Capstone Program

Deadline: January 20, 2016

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2016

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

Deadline: February 1, 2016

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 >>