MSI PI Clark Chen (professor and head, Neurosurgery) is a co-author on a recent paper that studied how the brain cancer glioblastoma becomes resistant to radiation therapy. While radiation is the standard for glioblastoma, the treatment rarely cures the disease, and the tumor usually starts growing again after a period where it is stopped.
MSI PI Kathryn Cullen (associate professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) is leading a study to determine whether using brain stimulation combined with mindful breathing could help young people with depression. Participants in the study use mindful breathing, a calming technique. In some of those participants, researchers add noninvasive brain stimulation using a cranial cap. The researchers are using MRI and EEG to measure any adjustments in neural networks.
MSI PI Ryan Langlois (assistant professor, Microbiology and Immunology) was interviewed recently about his team’s work to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This group is using a different development method than other groups working on a vaccine. Professor Langlois explains his research in the interview, which appeared on Minneapolis/St.
MSI PI Sunil Kumar Mor (assistant professor, Veterinary Population Medicine) returned to the U of M campus in early February from King George’s Island in Antarctica. Professor Mor performed next-generation sequencing on lactic acid bacteria as part of an international, interdisciplinary project. The project is using technology that allows the researchers to perform this work on-site, rather than having to transport samples back to their labs.
MSI PI Marc Jenkins (Regents Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Center for Immunology) has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in this organization is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.
Two MSI PIs have been elected to as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The AAAS, which is one of the most prestigious honor societies in the U.S., recognizes leaders in academia, the arts, business, and public affairs. The 2020 inductees will be honored at a ceremony in October 2020. The MSI PIs on the list are:
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrade to various MSI systems. Primary Storage, Mesabi, and Mangi will be unavailable throughout much of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on May 6. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on May 6 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status.May maintenance will include:
Professors Timothy LaPara and Raymond Hozalski, MSI PIs from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, are leading a study of whether the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 might be spread through drinking water. While most drinking-water supplies are treated, which would kill the virus, experts don’t know whether water that comes from private wells or from areas that don’t treat their water might be contaminated.