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Michael Sadowsky

Professor, Head of the Biotechnology Institute


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Education & Background

1983, University of Hawaii - Microbiology 
Director BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2009 - present. 
Co-Director, Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, University of Minnesota, 2006-2009. 
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2004 
2009 CFANS Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award 
2008 CFANS Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Award 
2008 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 
2006 Time Magazine Innovator Article 
2004 Distinguished McKnight Professorship 
1999 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology 


My research efforts are directed towards the metagenomic analysis of bacteria in soils, water and human intestines. My laboratory studies the molecular genetics and ecology of plant-microbe interactions. I am also involved in developing molecular tools to determine sources of fecal bacteria in the environment and and am active in several metagenome studies involving humans, animals and the environment and the use of microbial community DNA analyses to determine sources of fecal pollution. 


Sugawara, M., E. J. Cytryn, and M. J. Sadowsky. 2010. Functional role of Bradyhizobium japonicum trehalose biosynthetic and metabolic genes during physiological stress and nodulation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. In Press. doi:10.1128/AEM.02483-09.

Khoruts, A., J. Dicksved, J. K. Jansson, and M. J. Sadowsky. 2010. Changes in the Composition of the human fecal microbiome following bacteriotherapy for recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. J. Clin. Gastro. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3181c87e02.

Li, Q., J. L. Seffernick, M. J. Sadowsky, and L. P. Wackett. 2009 Thermostable cyanuric acid hydrolase from Moorella thermoacetica ATCC 39073. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. In Press: doi:10.1128?AEM.01605-09.

Ishii, S., Tao. Yan, H. Vul, D. Hansen, R. E. Hicks, and M. J. Sadowsky. 2009. Factors controlling long-term survival and growth of naturalized Escherichia coli in temperate field soils. Microbes and Environ. doi:10.1264/jsme2.ME09172.

Byappanahalli, M. N., R. Sawdey, S. Ishii, D. A. Shively, J. A. Ferguson, R. L. Whitman,  and M. J. Sadowsky. 2009. Seasonal stability of Cladophora-associated Salmonella in Lake Michigan watersheds. Water Research 43:806-814.

Sadowsky, M. J., W. C. Koskinen, M. Bischoff, B. L. Barber, J. M. Baker, and R. F. Turco. 2009. Rapid and complete degradation of the herbicide picloram by Lipomyces kononenkoae. J. Agric Food Chem. 57:4878-4882.

Cytryn, E. J., S. Jitacksorn, E. Giraud, and M. J. Sadowsky. 2008. Insights learned from pBTAi1, a 229 Kb accessory plasmid from Bradyrhizobium sp. strain BTAi1 and prevalence of accessory plasmids in other Bradyrhizobium sp. strains. ISME J. 2: 158-170.

Franck, W. L., Chang, W. S., Qiu, J., Sugawara, M., Sadowsky, M. J., Smith, S.A., and Stacey, G. 2008. Whole-Gnome transcriptional profiling of Bradyrhizobium japonicum during chemoautotrophic growth. J. Bacteriol. doi:10.1128/JB.00543-08.

Giraud E, et al. and M. J. Sadowsky.    2007. Legumes symbioses: absence of Nod genes in photosynthetic bradyrhizobia. Science 316:1307-1312.

Yan, T., M. Hamilton, and M. J. Sadowsky. 2007. High throughput and quantitative procedure for determining sources of Escherichia coli in waterways using host-specific DNA marker genes. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:890–896.


Office: 612-624-2706 Lab: 612-625-1722

Office: 240E Gortner Laboratory
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Lab: 317 Snyder Hall and 357 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108