The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the winners of the 2012 Minnesota Futures grants. Both of the recipients are MSI Principal Investigators: Emad Ebbini (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Lawrence Wackett (MSI Associate Fellow; Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics). The goal of the Minnesota Futures Grant Program is to promote new cross-disciplinary collaborations by University researchers. Grants are awarded to groups that have not worked together before.
Professor Ebbini and his collaborators will investigate image-guided targeted drug delivery, with the goal of improving treatment for liver cancer. The project by Professor Wackett and his collaborators will study environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). One of the collaborators in the Wackett group is MSI PI Lynda Ellis (Associate Fellow; Laboratory Medicine and Pathology).