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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

PI: Michael J. Sadowsky

Minnesota Mississippi Metagenome Project

The Mississippi River is one of the earth’s largest and most important waterways, yet we know little about the most common organisms populating this system, its microbiota. This project proposes to provide a more complete understanding of the impact of human activity on the Mississippi River, with the goal of improving water quality and improving public understanding of the importance of this river to the well-being of the people and industries in the Mississippi watershed. In this project, the researchers will produce an extensive database cataloging the biodiversity and functions of microbial life in the Mississippi River in Minnesota using the new tool of metagenomic analyses.

Group Members

Brian Badgley, Research Associate
Eddie Cytryn, Research Associate
Brendan Epstein, Graduate Student
Adria L. Fernandez, Graduate Student
Brian Gibbens, Research Associate
Trevor Gould, Staff
Matthew Hamilton, Research Associate
Tatsuya Unno, Research Associate
Alexa Rachel Weingarden, Graduate Student