MSI Principal Investigator Daniel Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; College of Biological Sciences, Medical School) received the Entrepreneurial Researcher Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research at a ceremony in December 2014. This award, one of the 2014 Innovation Awards, recognizes a “University faculty member or researcher who displays an exemplary entrepreneurial spirit by their initiative to not only innovate new technologies but to also move those technologies from the university laboratory to the market.” (Description from the Award Ceremony program.)
Professor Voytas was recognized for the invention of TALENs, a method of gene editing. He uses MSI resources to help monitor mutagenesis resulting from genetic alterations. The OVPR has also created a video about his work.