MSI PIs Receive Minnesota Partnership Grants


Two MSI PIs are among the university researchers who have been awarded collaborative research grants from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. These grants go to teams of researchers from the University and the Mayo Clinic for projects that cannot be completed by either institution alone. These are two-year projects dedicated to discovering treatments for diseases that affect Minnesotans.

The MSI PIs on the list include: 

  • Brian Fife (assistant professor, Medicine)
    • Mayo Collaborator: Quinn Peterson
    • Project Title: Generation and immune protection of PD-L1 Designer Islets for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
    • Professor Fife uses resources available through MSI to support studies of antigen-specific T cells related to diabetes research.
  • Dan Knights (associate professor, Computer Science and Engineering; BioTechnology Institute)
    • Mayo Collaborator: Purna Kashyap
    • Project Title: Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Prevent the Increasing Incidence of Obesity in Immigrant Populations
    • Professor Knights uses MSI to develop computational-biology methods that bring precision medicine to the microbiome.

The complete list of awards can be found on the University News website: Minnesota Partnership Awards 5 Collaborative Research Grants.