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Professor James Bradeen (Head, Plant Pathology) is featured in the U’s Fall 2016 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Bradeen’s research is part of the “Abolish Hunger” section of the campaign. His work concentrates on developing genetic solutions to crop diseases. He is using MSI resources for genetic investigations of wild plants to study disease-resistance genes and plants’ defense responses.
MSI PI Reuben Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; Masonic Cancer Center; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator) and his colleagues reported recently that they have discovered an enzyme, APOBEC3H-I, that is most likely the cause of previously unexplained mutations in breast cancer cells. The enzyme is also implicated in other forms of cancer.
MSI PI Dan Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development; Director, Center for Genome Engineering) has received the first award from the Hackett Fund for Genome Engineering. The award recognizes Professor Voytas’s work and leadership in the field of genome engineering. He uses MSI resources for high-throughput DNA sequencing.
MSI PI Jed Elison (Institute of Child Development) is one of the University of Minnesota co-PIs on a new project, funded by a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant, to study the development of the brain from infancy through early childhood.
MSI PI Jay Austin (UMD, Large Lakes Observatory) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to discuss Lake Superior’s near-record warmth during the summer of 2016. Researchers have found that surface-water temperatures on the Great Lakes are rising, a phenomenon that is related to the amount of ice the lakes develop during the winter.
MSI PIs David Odde and David Largaespada are co-leaders for a $8.2M grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a method to predict how cancer cells spread. The third co-leader, Steven Rosenfeld, is from the Cleveland Clinic. The grant funds a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic.
The Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School announced recently that Professor Jakub Tolar, an MSI Principal Investigator in the Department of Pediatrics, has been named the Medical School’s executive vice dean. In this position, he will implement the School’s strategic plans for scholarship and research.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 6:00am – 3:00pm CDT, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various MSI systems. September maintenance will impact the following systems:
The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue research into human brain connectivity as it relates to aging and development. The grant contain two parts.
MSI PI Theresa Reineke, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been selected to receive a 2016 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award.
Professor Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, an MSI PI in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecule Biology, and Biophysics, is profiled on the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) website for her research into disease-fighting compounds. Professor Schmidt-Dannert is investigating compounds found in fungi to discover chemicals with medicinal properties.
MSI PI Sharon Jansa, a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and the curator of mammals at the Bell Museum of Natural History, is a co-author on a recent paper that reveals that the highest concentration of unique mammals species in the world is on the Philippines island of Luzon.
MSI PI Tim Griffis, a professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, was interviewed recently by Minnesota Public Radio about how the change from a prairie landscape to crop fields has affected Minnesota weather. Crops, especially corn, “sweat” moisture into the atmosphere much more than do prairie plants. The result is more water vapor in the air, which makes it more uncomfortable when the temperature rises.
Since 2011, MSI PI Emilie Snell-Rood, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, has collected butterflies around the country. She and her lab compared butterfly traits to try to determine how nutrition affected them and their development. This study is notable for its huge number of species.
MSI PIs were featured in a recent Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) story about how designers are developing ways to construct city neighborhoods in such a way that they will not create “heat islands,” where temperatures are higher than they are in surrounding areas.
The College of Biological Sciences Connect blog features a story about MSI PI Tim Griffin (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; Director, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics) and the Galaxy platform hosted by MSI.
MSI PI Larry Wackett (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) recently published a paper in the Nature online journal Scientific Reports that discusses a method of using sunlight to fight clean up toxic waste. The method involves a group of bacteria that use sunlight and others that eat and degrade toxic materials.
Assistant Professor Karina Quevedo, an MSI PI in the psychiatry department, has been interviewed by the news website MinnPost about her research into ways to fight depression in adolescents. Her current study involves teaching participants to use positive memories to activate certain areas of the brain. The study involves MRI scanning.
Oxidation state is an identifier used by scientists to understand the mechanisms of oxidation-reduction reactions and catalysis. In a recent paper, published in Angewandte Chemie, by graduate student Haoyu Yu and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, an MSI PI in the Department of Chemistry, the authors reveal the existence of oxidation state 10. Previously, oxidation states ranged from -4 through +9.
U-Spatial, one of MSI’s sibling organizations in Research Computing, recently helped researchers at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) on a project that showed the importance of water quality to people making decisions about which lake to visit. A story about this project and the work done by U-Spatial appears on the IonE website: There’s a map for that.