Congrats to Maciej Maselko for the STAT Wunderkind award!

Check out the 2017 Wunderkinds here.


Smanski Group (sort of) adds another student

Congratulations to Stephen Heinsch for being accepted into the UMN Bioinformatics and Computational Biology PhD program. Stephen has been an important part of the lab, for many years, first as an Undergraduate volunteer, next as a Research Scientist, and now as a new PhD student.


Halfway there!

Smanski Group members Stephen Heinsch and Chris Stach took time to meet with the 27 riders of the 2017 Illini 4000 team. These inspiring students are riding their bikes from New York to San Francisco to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Way to go! Find out more and donate here.


Suzie Hsu awarded graduate fellowship

Third year graduate student Suzie Hsu has been awarded the Arnold H. Johnson Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship honors Dr. Arnold Johnson, an alum of the University of Minnesota and outstanding contributor to the fields of nutrition and food technology. This fellowship was awarded to Suzie for her groundbreaking work in engineering synthetic metabolic pathways in Streptomyces.


Zinselmeier accepted into NIH Biotechnology Training Program!

In recognition of Matt’s innovative work in the area of Biotechnology, he was accepted into the BTP. Congrats Matt!


Best Poster at the Biotechnology Institute Industry Mixer

Chris Stach was given the blue ribbon award for his poster, titled “A Platform for Multi-Gene Construct Expression in Mammalian Cells”.


New graduate student in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology

We welcome Matt Zinselmeier to the group from the GCD PhD program. Matt will be working jointly in our lab and the Voytas lab to bridge our synthetic speciation project into plants. We are excited to have him on board.


Sailing into uncharted waters

The lab is now on Twitter. Follow us at Building Better Bugs!


Stephen Heinsch graduates and joins as a Research Scientist

Congrats to Stephen for graduating with a B.S. from UMN. He is our resident computer genious and we are happy to keep him as part of the group.


Group highlighted in Minnesota Magazine

Thanks to Deane and Moira for the nice write up on our group in the Winter 2016 edition of Minnesota Magazine.


Chris Stach joins collaborative project in engineering therapeutic protein production

Our newest postdoc Christ Stach joins the group after completing his PhD with Dr. Patrick Schlievert at the University of Iowa. He comes with diverse experience in bacterial and eukaryotic systems.


Doctoral student Suzie Hsu is the newest member

Suzie Hsu joins the group as our first graduate student. Suzie is a familiar face in Gortner Labs after participating in UMN's iGEM team and co-founding the Synthetic Biology student group.


Dale F. Frey Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research foundation

A big thanks to the DRCRF for supporting our work in small molecule discovery. Check out the Foundation's website if you would like to donate to cancer research, 100% of donations go to fund labs developing innovative approaches to diagnose and treat cancer


Smanski lab doubles in size

A big welcome to the lab's first postdoc, Maciej (Ma-'check') Maselko. Maciej joins the group from the Pacific Northwest is working on an exciting new approach to biocontainment.


Roadmaps to the future of natural product drug discovery

Two seminal papers, from the Fischbach and Metcalf groups, uncover the biosynthetic potential for new natural products encoded in hundreds of microbial genomes. We have only begun to scratch the surface of the chemistry produced by living organisms!


Planning out new pathways

Colleen Smith, a science writer for the College of Biological Sciences, visited the lab recently and penned this nice article for the college website.


News coverage in The Scientist Magazine

Check out this news article highlighting Ryan Peterson's work to elucidate the resistance mechanism to the novel antibiotics platensimycin and platencin