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posted on October 17, 2013
MSI PI Assistant Professor Anna Tischler (Microbiology) has received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. This award is presented to young researchers who received their terminal degree fewer than 10 years prior to the award. Professor Tischler’s proposal was called “High-throughput Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Persistence Mechanisms.” She uses software available at MSI as part of her research into how M. tuberculosis avoids host immune responses.
More information can be found on the Medical School’s Health Talk blog.
posted on October 7, 2013
An MSI Principal Investigator is part of a new project to study diagnostic methods and treatments for meningitis. The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine have received a $3.2 million grant for this project. They will partner with Uganda’s Makerere University, with whom the U has been working for nearly ten years. The University’s story can be found in the People section of the University Relations website (October 2, “$3.2 million grant to diagnose/treat meningitis”).
Associate Professor Kirsten Nielsen (Microbiology, Medical School/College of Biological Sciences) is one of the collaborators on the project to study how sertraline, an antidepressant with antifungal properties, can be used to treat cryptococcal meningitis, which is caused by a fungal pathogen. Professor Nielsen uses MSI to study how the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
posted on September 30, 2013
On Wednesday 2 October 2013, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI Staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.
During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
- Network firmware updates and modifications will be performed affecting internal and external connectivity for up to 1 hour
- Koronis will be offline for system maintenance
- Cascade will be unavailable (system updates)
- MSI login nodes (including NX) will be rebooted and patched
- Hosted websites will be unavailable (disk migration to the Panasas storage system)
- Galaxy will be offline for system maintenance
Systems status is always available on our Status page.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
posted September 24, 2013
Several MSI PIs have been awarded patents over recent months. These PIs are among a large number of University of Minnesota faculty receiving patents, as shown in the OVPR Research blog’s story, “Recent Patents Roundup.”
Professor Murtaugh and his group use MSI resources to support their investigations of molecular mechanisms of disease resistance in swine, with particular attention on persistent viral infections and enteric immunity.
Professor Hillmyer’s group is using MSI to study poly(thienylene vinylenes), a photoactive polymer that can be used in organic photovoltaics.
Professor Wagner uses MSI to model and design protein-protein interfaces.
Professor Li’s group uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods to develop innovative fluid power components and to develop an efficient compression/expander for compressed air energy storage. The CFD and heat-transfer studies allow the group to gain understanding of the physics and lead to improved designs.
Professor Mohan’s group uses finite-element analysis programs available through MSI for their design projects.
Professor Srience uses MSI to run elementary mode analyses of metabolic networks. These analyses are highly computationally intensive, and the Srienc group is working with MSI staff to parallelize the algorithms.
Professor Voytas’s Zinc Finger Database, a web-accessible database that houses information on individual C2H2 zinc fingers and engineered zinc finger arrays, is housed at MSI.
Professor Xing’s group uses MSI’s computational resources and software for pathway analysis to study drug resistance in cancer, especially leukemia.
posted September 19, 2013
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory announced recently that they are collaborating with industry on a project to harness the power of the East River in New York City. This effort, which is being funded by a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation, will involve high-performance computational modeling that will further a deeper understanding of how turbines work in real-life aquatic environments. The University's press release can be read on the University News website.
Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos, SAFL Director, is the project leader for this research. He and his research group in the Computational Hydrodynamics and Biofluids Lab use MSI resources to create high-resolution, fluid-structure interaction CFD models. These models are used for a wide variety of simulations of fluid flow. The simulations for the East River project will be performed using MSI’s high-performance computers.