The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) has released a video featuring the work of MSI PI Michael Smanski (assistant professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics). Professor Smanski and his group are developing a novel method of biocontrol for common carp. A description of the project can be found on the MAISRC website: Genetic Control of Invasive Fish Species.
The College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) has published a story about MSI PI James Luby (professor, Horticultural Science). Professor Luby is one of the co-developers of the hugely popular Honeycrisp apple, along with other varieties.
Research by MSI PI Carol Cardona (professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) is featured in the University of Minnesota’s 2019-20 Driven to Discover campaign. Professor Cardona and other U of M researchers work with Minnesota’s poultry farms - many of them independent businesses that have been family-owned for several generations - to help them keep their flocks healthy and safe.
MSI PI Sophia Vinogradov (professor and head, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) is part of a research study at the U that is developing apps that are designed to help teenagers and young adults deal with the onset of psychosis. The goal is to be able to identify the start of psychosis so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. This study is one of many that seeks to deal with mental illness without drugs.
A new paper by researchers from the National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology has revealed that bacteria can adapt quickly to the presence of nanoparticles in the environment, even when those nanoparticles are not designed to kill the bacteria. The study showed that the bacterium Shewanella ondeidensis MR-1 adapted to higher and higher levels of nanoparticles used in making lithium-ion batteries. This is the first study to show that bacteria can develop resistance to substances other than antibiotics.
Research by MSI PIs Jaime Modiano (professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences) and David Largaespada (professor, Pediatrics) is featured in the University of Minnesota’s 2019-20 Driven to Discover campaign. They have developed a drug that is resulting in improved survival rates for a fatal cancer in dogs.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has received a grant of nearly $3M to fund a project to study how porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus evolves and spreads. PRRS costs the swine industry millions each year. This project is a collaboration between the U of M and at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute.
MSI PI Mark Schleiss (professor, Pediatrics) has received a $3.9M grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate vaccine strategies against cytomegalovirus (CMV), an infection that causes birth defects and disabilities in babies. CMV is the most common such infection in the U.S.