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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: