posted on February 5, 2015

MSI PI Perry Hackett, a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (College of Biological Sciences and Medical School), is featured in a recent post on the College of Biological Science’s Connect blog. Professor Hackett performs research on the Sleeping Beauty transposon to try to develop ways that it can be used as a vector to deliver therapeutic genes to treat various genetic disorders. His current research at MSI focuses on using this method to treat mucopolysaccharidosis diseases. MSI resources such as the Galaxy bioinformatics computing platform are used for data analysis and model validation. 

posted on February 4, 2015

The University of Minnesota Foundation has featured MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor of surgery in the Medical School, in a recent article on their website. By studying bears and their hibernation habits, Professor Iaizzo is learning about how the bears’ physiology allows them to hibernate without developing medical problems, such as blood clots, that occur in bedridden patients.

Professor Iaizzo uses MSI to support his research into developing ways to help ailing hearts. He is currently creating computer models of electric fields from pacemakers placed in different positions.


posted on February 3, 2015

MSI Principal Investigators are among researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) who are studying ancient wild grains. These researchers hope that some of the grains will have resistance to diseases that affect modern agriculture; they could then be cross-bred with crops to provide them with that resistance. An article about this work appeared recently in the CFANS publication Solutions.

The article features MSI PIs Brian Steffenson (Plant Pathology) and Jim Anderson (Agronomy and Plant Genetics), who are members of a worldwide group called the Borlaug Global Rust initiative. This group is looking for ways to combat a deadly rust variety called Ug99, which is extremely virulent. Both Professors Steffenson and Anderson use MSI resources for their genomics and genetics research into wheat.

posted on February 2, 2015

Four MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight assistant professors at the University of Minnesota so have been named McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2015-17. They are, from the College of Science and Engineering, Rafael Fernandes (Physics and Astronomy), Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering), and Dan Knights (Computer Science and Engineering), and, from the College of Biological Sciences, Emilie Snell-Rood (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior).

The McKnight Land-Grant Professorships are given to new assistant professors and include $25,000 in each of the two years of the award. These funds are to be used for the professors’ research. More information about this award can be found on the Scholars Walk website.

You can see the abstracts of these PIs’ work using supercomputing resources on the MSI website:


posted on January 30, 2015

On Wednesday, February 4, 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 upgrades (4:00 am - 5:30 am)
• Upgrades to the Citrix system
• Cascade system software upgrades and moab/torque upgrades
• MSI-wide system reboot for new system kernel patches

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email