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The Soudan Iron Mine and discovering "alien" microbes | Jeff Gralnick | TEDxUMN

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Published on Sep 13, 2012

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.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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