2020 MSI Research Exhibition

images from the two Grand Prize winning posters

MSI held the eleventh annual Research Exhibition on April 28, 2020. Due to the statewide shelter-in-place order and cancellation of all large events at the University of MInnesota due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Research Exhibition was held as a virtual event. Representatives from industry and MSI staff gave presentations about current and emerging technologies, and we held a judged poster session.

Main Research Exhibition event page

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum level

PIER Group in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Gold level


Silver level


Industry Presentations

Tony Alvarez, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bob Murphy, Panasas

Tushar Gohad, Intel

Visualization Laboratory

Since 2018, users have provided videos to be shown in the Visualization Lab during the Research Exhibition. Videos submitted this year can be seen below:

A Numerical Experiment on Wave Breaking With Oil Slick

Han Liu, Qiang Gao, Lian Shen

PI: Lian Shen (Mechanical Engineering)


Galaxy-P: A Galaxy-Based Multi-Omic Informatics Hub for Cancer Researchers

PIs: Tim Griffin (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) and Pratik Jagtap (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics)

They can also be found on MSI’s YouTube channel.

Poster Session

Posters by MSI users competed in one of two categories, Life Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences and Engineering. They were judged using the following criteria:

  • How much did using MSI contribute to the outcome of the research presented?
  • How well is the use of MSI and the research communicated on the poster?
  • How important is this science?

Life Sciences and Engineering

List of submitted posters.

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

Clinical Trial Outcomes for Cancer Drug Combinations can be Predicted Using Cancer Cell Line Monotherapy Screens and a Model of Independent Drug Action

Authors: Alexander Ling, R. Stephanie Huang

MSI PI: R. Stephanie Huang; Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Agro-Biodiversity: The Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of U.S. Wheat Varieties

Authors: Yuan Chai, Kevin Silverstein, Phil Pardey

MSI PI: Phil Pardey; Applied Economics

Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells

Authors: Milcah C. Scott, Sathi Wijeyesinghe, Lalit K. Beura, David Masopust

MSI PI: David Masopust; Microbiology and Immunology

Physical Sciences and Engineering posters

List of submitted posters.

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

Modelling Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Pointer Absorbers Using AMR Techniques With Both Subcycling and Non-Subcycling

Authors: Yadong Zeng, Lian Shen

MSI PI: Lian Shen; Mechanical Engineering

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Magnon-Dynamics Studies in Ferromagnets Including Effects of Secondary Signal

Authors: Aneesh Venugopal, Tao Qu, R.H. Victora

MSI PI: Randall H. Victora; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thin-Liquid-Film Flow on Three-Dimensional Topographically Patterned Rotating Cylinders

Authors: Chance Parrish, Lucas Pham, Satish Kumar

MSI PI: Satish Kumar; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Thank you to the Poster Session judges!

Nick Dunn, MSI

Stephanie Huang, Experimental and Clinical Pharm

Marissa Macchietto, MSI

Suo Yang, Mechanical Engineering

Yongzhong Qian, Physics and Astronomy                                                                                       

Image description: The graphics are figures from the two Grand Prize winning posters.

posted on May 5, 2020

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