News

The OVPR’s Inquiry blog recently featured work headed by MSI PI Larry Wackett (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; BioTechnology Institute). Professor Wackett is the lead researcher on a MnDRIVE project that is creating computer models that will predict how bacteria and chemicals interact.
Principal Investigator Professor William Pomerantz (Chemistry - College of Science and Engineering) recently received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. These awards are given to scientists in the early stages of their research careers who are involved in cancer research. You can read more on the chemistry department website.
MSI Principal Investigator Professor Jakub Tolar (Pediatrics - Medical School) has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members who recently achieved full professor status. The announcement appears on the Scholars Walk website.
On Wednesday, April 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.
Associate Professor Mohamed Mokbel (Computer Science and Engineering - College of Science and Engineering) has created a platform that handles very large sets of spatial data on Apache Hadoop. This platform, an open-source project, has been distributed online. Professor Mokbel’s group uses MSI resources to experiment with the platform for various operations.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the past few months. Several MSI Principal Investigators, shown below, are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, spring 2015." 
Principal Investigator Daniel Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; Director, Center for Genome Engineering) is part of a research team that was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015.
The expertise of MSI Principal Investigator Carol Cardona, a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine), has been called on extensively during the past week in articles about the avian influenza outbreak among Minnesota turkeys. Professor Cardona is an expert in infectious disease in domestic poultry. Publications in which she is quoted include:
Several MSI PIs are serving on the newly formed Grand Challenges Research Strategies Group, which has been formed to help shape research priorities under the University’s Strategic Planning initiative.
Three MSI PIs have been recognized by the U for teaching excellence.
Research supported by MSI resources and staff has been recognized as one of the most highly cited papers published in 2013 in the journal Cancer Research. Members of the research group of Assistant Professor Scott Dehm (Masonic Cancer Center) are working with members of MSI’s RISS group to study the Androgen Receptor (AR) in prostate cancer cells. They use molecular, biochemical, cell biology, and genetic approaches.
MSI Principal Investigator Mo Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), is one of the authors of a paper in the journal Nature Photonics that reveals properties of black phosphorus films that have exciting implications in optics and photonics.
The University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received a $17.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Over a dozen MSI Principal Investigators are participating faculty at the Center (see list below). The mission of the Center is to enable “important areas of future technology, ranging from biomedicine, separations, and plastic electronics to security, renewable energy, and information technology” (from the MRSEC website).
Professor Robert Tranquillo, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. This honor is in recognition of his international contributions to the field.
Graduate student Julia Quindlen, who is a member of the MSI research group of Professor Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering - College of Science and Engineering), has been awarded a 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. Ms. Quindlen is a fourth-year PhD student.
Professor James Bradeen, an MSI PI and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology (College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences), is featured in a recent story by the Big Ten Network about the U’s preeminence in developing improved crops for the benefit of the world’s food supply. The story discusses the legacy of Norman Borlaug and the continuing work by U researchers in the field.
Professor Marlene Zuk (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior - College of Biological Sciences) has been named the 2015 winner of the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists.
Professor Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - College of Science and Engineering [CSE]) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. This is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to an engineer.
Regents Professor David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; College of Biological Sciences) has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology.
MSI PI Allison Hubel, a professor of mechanical engineering (College of Science and Engineering), has developed technology that is the basis for start-up company MesoFlow. The company manufactures devices that remove preservation chemicals from stored cells, such as blood cells and stem cells, before they are used.