Michael Travisano

Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Research Title
The Origins of Biological Innovation

Section A, Location 14

Innovation in biological systems is the fundamental basis for life, and is responsible for its complexity and diversity. Professor Travisano’s research is focused on understanding the origins of biological innovation experimentally. He investigates innovations at different levels of organization in laboratory experiments with microbes. Current research concentrates on the origins of gene function, multicellularity and life itself. This research changes how we view living systems and opens opportunities for innovation in antibiotics and understanding disease.