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Petri Dish: Tiny Lake Toxins
Wednesday | April 11, 2018 , 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A tiny take on toxins: Engineering enzymes to clean up the environment
Researchers are harnessing the considerable power of tiny organisms to do a range of tasks from disarming pesticides to clearing out excess nutrients. We’ll explore what’s possible. The panelists include Mikael Elias, an assistant professor in the University’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and its Biotechnology Institute, Paige Novak, a professor in the University’s Department of Civil Engineering, and Todd DeJournett, senior engineer at Geosyntec Consultants.
Location: Camp Bar, downtown St. Paul. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Music and trivia precede the program. Beverages available for purchase.
Learn more about the research:
- Harmful Turned Harmless: Mikael Elias and colleagues engineer an enzyme that rapidly neutralizes the toxicity of common pesticides and herbicides.
- Mikael Elias – University of Minnesota Innovator
Purchase tickets online at z.umn.edu/petridish or at the door the day of the event. Pay what you can, $ minimum.
The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No Powerpoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts. The event is co-sponsored with the College of Biological Sciences.