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Spotlight on Biocatalysis & Biotechnology

A sampling of many recent innovations by IPrime's Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (BB) program faculty:


Distefano.pngMark Distefano, Chemistry

Michael Sadowsky, Soil, Water and Climate & Biotech Inst

  • Launched the start up company CIPAC with Alexander Khoruts, Medical School, focusing on treatment using live bacterial preparation that could stop infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile.
  • Working on the Minnesota Mississippi Metagenome Project (M3P). M3P is a ground-breaking effort using new technology to catalog aquatic bacteria of the Mississippi River to understand human impact on the river's microbial ecosystem as it travels.


Synthetic_biology.jpgClaudia Schmidt-­Dannert
Biochemistry, Molec Biology & Biophysics

  • Shaping biological compounds by experimenting with cutting and pasting genes from unrelated organisms to produce novel pathways never before seen in nature.


Lawrence Wackett, Biochemistry, Molec Biology & Biophysics


Ping Wang Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
with Xiaodong Tong


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