Long-Time Friend Donates $1.4 Million to Largaespada Lab


The lab of MSI PI David Largaespada (professor, Pediatrics; associate director for Basic Science, Masonic Cancer Center) has received a donation of $1.4 million from Michael Allen, a long-time friend of Professor Largaespada. The gift is in memory of Mr. Allen’s mother, who died of cancer. The donation will help fund a new tool based on CRISPR technology that might enable new targeted cancer therapies. A story about this gift and the Largaespada lab’s research appears on the University of Minnesota News website: Motivated by His Mother’s Heartbreaking Experience With Cancer, Lakeville Man Donates $1.4M to the Cancer Research Lab of a Decades-Long Friend.

Professor Largaespada uses MSI resources for research into cancer-gene discovery and functional genomics using the Sleeping Beauty transposon system.