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The department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics is committed to understanding the molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases and cancer; developing novel strategies in biocatalysis and biotechnology; and advancing knowledge through structural biology and molecular biophysics. Please enjoy a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about BMBB.

Not Business as Usual

Meet a few of the College of Biological Sciences faculty using their biology expertise to develop commercial solutions to environmental, health and education needs.
 

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University Announces Grand Challenges Grants

CBS faculty among the recipients of the new interdisciplinary research grants

The first round of University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research grants, totaling $3.6 million, were awarded to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. The research collaborations address the University's five interrelated Grand Challenges areas of special focus, with one integrative initiative spanning multiple areas. Areas of focus include:

QTL Engineering Workshop

September 18-20, 2016

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The Voytas Lab at the University of Minnesota will be holding a QTL Engineering Workshop September 18-20, 2016. We are seeking interested participants for this exciting event and thought that some CBS faculty/staff may be interested -specifically those in the PBIO/EEB community.

Cycling Toward a Solution

CBS faculty Michael Smanski meets with cyclists participating in a cross-country ride to raise awareness and raise money for cancer research.
 
Michael Smanski with riders from Illini 4000

 

A Penchant for Patterns

Tim Griffin and colleagues are developing a “multiomic” platform to help cancer researchers identify meaningful mutations.
 
Tim Griffin
 

When things go right, protein production within cells operates like a well-oiled machine.

A Solar-Powered Solution for Bioremediation

A new paper from the Wackett and Aksan labs introduces innovative biotech for harnessing solar energy to clean up toxic waste.

Sometimes, humans create environmental messes that are so nasty, we just don’t know what to do. Emergent biotech developed at the University of Minnesota, however, is combining a few tricks from mother nature with sophisticated engineering approaches to help us clean up our act.

Solving the P Paradox

A group of researchers is working on a potentially game-changing approach to capturing and repurposing phosphate, a critical nutrient and notorious pollutant.
 

Bo Hu, Vanessa Pegos, Mikael Elias