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Myers awarded $1.1 Million NIH Grant

College of Science and Engineering Associate Professor, Chad Myers, and his collaborator Anja Bielinsky (UMN- Genetics, Cell Biology and Development) were awarded $1.1 million over the next three years to fund their research in genome sequencing. Charlie Boone, University of Toronto, and Jeff Piotrowski, University of Wisconsin (Madison) have also contributed to the project.

Their interdisciplinary project, "Methods for Large-Scale Analysis of Chemical-Genetic Interactions," responds to critical need to develop new paradigms for drug discovery. Ultimately, their aim is to establish an entirely new computational infrastructure for chemical genetic interaction mapping in specific organisms. Furthermore, they are developing methods to perform large-scale screenings of compound libraries. Lastly, they will strive to develop and test predictive models for compound synergy.

These new approaches to genome sequencing will support rapid discovery of synthetic compounds or natural products with the potential to be effective therapeutics. Learn more about computational biology by visiting

Roumeliotis and U of M students helping Google on Project Tango

Picture of Stergios RoumeliotisCS&E Professor, Stergios Roumeliotis, along with a few U of M students are helping Google create the technology for the smartphones of the future.

Months ago Google publicly announced a big project dubbed as a 3D smartphone effort called, Project Tango. They have now reached out to University of Minnesota faculty and scholars to assist in the development. Google has asked a limited group of application developers to begin creating smartphone apps to utilize the technology.

The smartphone is quoted to, "see the world as you do—a smartphone with a serious IQ." It is based on theory and technology that Roumeliotis began working on in the 90s, when he himself was in graduate school. Back then, Roumeliotis worked with NASA to create a technology that allowed spacecraft to land on Mars.

“Google is not in the business of building apps. Google is in the business of solving the difficult problems that applications are built on,” says Roumeliotis. And for that, they’ve tapped brilliant young minds at the University of Minnesota.

More than 150 University of Minnesota graduates are working at Google, and that number is growing, as the U continues to be a talent pipeline for a company that has been on the cutting edge of innovation for more than a decade

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