Michael T. Bowser

portrait of Professor Michael Bowser

Michael T. Bowser

Professor, Department of Chemistry


Nils Hasselmo Hall
Room 7-132
312 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. Dalhousie University, 1994

Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1998 (David D.Y. Chen)

Post Doctorate University of Florida, 1998-2000 (Robert T. Kennedy)

Research Interests

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry: separations, microfluidics, microdialysis, aptamers

Chemical Biology: obesity, heart disease, exobiology, nucleic acids

Research Page

The focus of Professor Bowser's group is to advance bioanalytical technologies used to study problems of biological and medical importance. Technologies of expertise include high-speed microdialysis assays, aptamers and microfluidics. Major contributions made by the Bowser group include:

  1. the development of microfluidic strategies for isolating aptamers (i.e. CE-SELEX); 
  2. the design and characterization of microscale free flow electrophoresis (µFFE) devices for high-speed monitoring and microscale purification; and
  3. the introduction of in vitromicrodialysis, a technique that allows high-speed measurements of chemical release/uptake in cellular systems. 

Applications of particular interest include adipocyte signaling in obesity, modulation of heart function using short, protein interacting oligonucleotides, aptamers that facilitate cell delivery or catalyze reactions, and high-speed multidimensional separations.

Professor Bowser's research on invitroMD
Professor Bowser's research on nlcxuffe
Professor Bowser's research on ce-selex

Honors and Awards

American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science, 2005

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1999-2001

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Post-Graduate Fellowship, 1996-1998

Additional Office

626 Kolthoff Hall

Mailing Address

Michael T. Bowser
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
B-10, 139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431