MSI Principal Investigator Connie Lu (Chemistry) has received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her research project, Configuring New Bonds Between First-Row Transition Metals. She uses MSI for this research.


The five-year CAREER Award is presented to junior faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching and research and the integration of the two. You can read more about Professor Lu and her research on the Department of Chemistry’s website



MSI Principal Investigator John Ohlfest (Masonic Cancer Center, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery) passed away on January 21, 2013. Professor Ohlfest’s research concerned the treatment of brain tumors using gene therapy and novel immunotherapies intended to boost a patient’s immune system to attack cancer. He used MSI for bioinformatics tools and sequencing software to support this research.


An obituary of Professor Ohlfest appears on the Masonic Cancer Center website. The staff at MSI extends their deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.


MSI PI Michael Tsapatsis was profiled by UMNews this week. He and his colleagues are creating zeolite nanosheets, work which has received a great deal of attention and has been published in Science magazine. MSI featured this research last summer in a Research Spotlight.


Distinguished McKnight Professor and MSI Principal Investigator Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (BMBB) was profiled recently in the OVPR Research blog. Professor Schmidt-Dannert engineers microbial cells for the production of chemicals and natural products. Part of the work requires that the researchers obtain and analyze genome sequences of the organisms they are studying. The group is using resources available through the MSI laboratories for sequence analysis and refinement and modeling of protein structures.


The OVPR Business blog also highlights Professor Schmidt-Dannert's work, in this case with the development of a new method of synthesizing biodiesel.


On January 9, 2013, MSI installed a Panasas ActivStor 14 to provide high-speed, high-capacity storage for home directories and project space.


We want you to know that there may be some effort required on your part. We have created documentation to assist you in determining what you will need to do and instructions on how to do that. This change does not affect Koronis users.


Complete information about the migration can be found on the Panasas Migration Guide webpage.


General questions about MSI’s storage and systems can be found on the FAQ page.


Please check the MSI status page for system status information. Additional questions should be directed to