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The Soudan Iron Mine and Discovering "Alien" Microbes: Jeff Gralnick at TEDxUMN

Jeffrey Gralnick is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and a member of the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota (http://www.bti.umn.edu/). His fascination with molecular biology and problem solving led him to study genetics and metabolism at the University of Wisconsin, earning a PhD in Bacteriology. During graduate school Jeff began to appreciate the other 99% of bacteria in the world beyond the ~1% that influence human health, and wonder if environmental microbes could be engineered for biotechnology. This led him to specialize in geomicrobiology as a postdoc at Caltech. His lab at the U studies how bacteria from the environment can electrically interface with metals and minerals. Using Synthetic Biology, students in his lab are trying to engineer these microbes for bioenergy applications.----The individuals involved with TEDxUMN have a passion for bringing together the great thinkers at the University of Minnesota and giving them the opportunity to share their ideas worth spreading and to discuss our shared future. We provide these great people the opportunity to share these ideas on a global stage and with an incredibly diverse audience. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.Check out TEDxUMN at http://www.TEDxUMN.com/In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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