Research by MSI PI Phu Tran (assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics) and others is featured in a recent story in Minnesota Alumni magazine. University of Minnesota researchers are studying how the fetal brain develops and how iron deficiency in the mother can cause neurocognitive conditions. Professor Tran has found that iron deficiency in pregnancy can cause changes to DNA that affect how the brain is able to learn. He uses MSI resources as part of this research.
MSI PIs were among the researchers who have developed a possible drug that can both prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infections in animals. The drug comes from a nanobody - a tiny antibody - found in llamas. It is cost-effective to manufacture, and it could possibly be used in humans, as well. The researchers have published their findings in the journal eLife: The Development of Nanosota-1 as Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Nanobody Drug Candidates.
MSI’s Research Computing partner, the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), has opened the application period for the MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship program. This program supports UMN PhD candidates pursuing research at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE areas: Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing; Global Food Ventures; Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment; Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions; and Cancer Clinical Trials. 
MSI PIs Paul Dauenhauer and Prodromos Daoutidis, both professors in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, are part of a project to develop new ways to generate ammonia from renewable energy sources. The project has received funding from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), and several industry partners are participating in the project.
On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades 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 August 4. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on August 4 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status. Systems status is always available on our Status page.