The University of Minnesota recently announced new awardees to the McKnight Presidential Fellows Program. Four MSI PIs are included in the 2021 class. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program is a three-year award given to exceptional faculty who have achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor in the past academic year.
The MSI PIs on the list are:
- Emilyn Alejandro (Integrative Biology and Physiology)
- Professor Alejandro uses MSI for genetic studies that will increase understand of and develop possible treatments for type 2 diabetes.
- Samira Azarin (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
- Professor Azarin uses bioinformatics resources at MSI to study the role of the cell microenvironment in development of healthy and diseased tissues for applications in regenerative medicine and cancer therapeutics.
- Trinity Hamilton (Plant and Microbial Biology)
- Professor Hamilton uses MSI resources to study the functions and interactions of microorganisms in natural and engineered systems and how microbial communities respond and adapt to environmental change.
- Esther Krook-Magnuson (Neuroscience)
- Professor Krook-Magnuson uses resources at MSI to support research that aims to understand neuronal circuits in health and disease.
The complete list of awardees can be found on the Scholars Walk website.