"Environment" research area

Program Staff

Jeff Standish, Ph.D.

Industry Liaison
Suite 240 B, 1479 Gortner Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108-6106

Dr. Jeff Standish is the Industry & Government Liaison for MnDRIVE Environment, where he is responsible for managing the units events, funding calls, and overall engagement strategy. Jeff’s decades of experience is grounded in research and project management, within both academia and the private sector. His work over the past decade has focused his efforts in the public/private partnerships space, including research development, event planning, and strategic planning. We are excited to add Jeff's expertise and capacity to the MnDRIVE Environment team.

Michael Winikoff

Communications Director
The BioTechnology Institute, Suite 240, 1479 Gortner Avenue Suite 140 St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
(612) 414-0051

Michael Winikoff is the Communications Director for the MnDRIVE initiative Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment and the BioTechnology Institute, where he oversees print and digital media.

Elissa Allen

Administrator
1479 Gortner Ave, Room 240
(612) 625-0830

Elissa provides administrative support for MnDRIVE Environment. 

Leadership

Michael J. Sadowsky, Ph.D.

Michael J. Sadowsky
MnDRIVE Co-Director
The BioTechnology Institute, Suite 240, 1479 Gortner Avenue Suite 140 St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
(612) 624-2706

Distinguished McKnight Professor Michael Sadowsky, a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology, is internationally known and respected for his research work in the area of environmental microbiology. Dr. Sadowsky serves as Director of the University's BioTechnology Institute. He has published more than 100 original articles, and his work is widely cited by researchers in several scientific disciplines.

Paige Novak, Ph.D.

Paige Novak
MnDRIVE Co-Director
The BioTechnology Institute, Suite 240, 1479 Gortner Avenue Suite 140 St. Paul, MN 55108-6106
(612) 626-9846

Dr. Novak is a professor of Civil Engineering and serves on the graduate faculty in the department of Water Resources Science. Her research focuses on the biological transformation of hazardous substances in sediment, groundwater, and wastewater. She is particularly interested in how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of these substances. Dr. Novak works both in the laboratory and in the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions. Her field work has focused on implementing remediation technologies that alter environmental conditions and as a result, stimulate beneficial biological activity.