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University of Tokyo & University of Minnesota

Joint Symposium on Microbial Biotechnology

Event Details


August 8, 2017
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Borlaug Hall 306

The BioTechnology Institute will be hosting a one-day symposium with our colleagues from the University of Tokyo. This event marks the inauguration of our Research Exchange Program with the University of Tokyo’s Department of Biotechnology, Biotechnology Research Center, and Department of Applied Biological Chemistry.

Researchers from both the University of Tokyo and the University of Minnesota will be presenting on their research. There will be a poster session to introduce BTI’s research over a catered lunch. A full schedule of times and speakers will be updated. 


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University of Tokyo Speakers


Shinya Fushinobu

Structural biology of novel glycoside hydrolases discovered from bifidobacteria


Keishi Senoo

Predominant but previously-overlooked prokaryotic drivers of reductive nitrogen transformation in paddy soils, revealed by metatranscriptomics


Saori Kosono

Exploring the impact of protein acylation on the biology of Corynebacterium glutamicum: focused on L-glutamate overproduction


Hiroyuki Horiuchi

Chitin synthesis and the cell wall integrity pathway crucial for morphogenesis of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans


Masaharu Ishii

Distinctive metabolism by hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria


Yasuo Ohnishi

Biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in Streptomyces and regulation of morphological differentiation in the rare actinomycete Actinoplanes missouriensis


Hideaki Nojiri

Conjugative plasmid, a key agent determining bacterial behavior in nature


Makoto Nishiyama

Secondary metabolite biosynthesis mediated by amino-group carrier protein in Streptomyces



University of Minnesota Speakers


Sebastian Behrens

Biochar for environmental management of microbial processes in sustainable agriculture and bioremediation


Mike Smanski

Redesigning the genetics of natural product biosynthesis


Christine Salomon

Discovery of new antifungals to inhibit Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of White Nose Syndrome in bats


Kechun Zhang

Engineering nonphosphorylative metabolism for biosynthesis


Mike Freeman

A new family of ribosomally encoded peptide natural products from basidiomycete fungi


Jeff Gralnick

Engineering Bacteria that Create and Consume Electricity


Michael Travisano


Mikael Elias