Research Highlights

MSU researchers from diverse disciplines take advantage of iCER’s services to accomplish amazing things. iCER’s mission is to assist computational research by providing easy-to-use high performance computing platforms, we allow faculty and students to better focus on their research. Our systems enable larger, broader and more complex computation than ever before– work that could have taken months or years now can be done in hours or days. 
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Faster than Atoms — Using Ultrafast Lasers to Catch Cancer

Dr. Marcos Dantus uses ultrafast lasers to study microscopic chemical and biological interactions that are impossible to observe with any other tool.

Designing drugs at the atomic scale with computer simulation

At the atomic level, the molecules in our bodies are in constant motion, and are undergoing constant change.  The motions are incredibly rich; they range from the isomerization of side-chains, to...


Advancing the supernova mechanism study with computer...

We are star guts. The elements that we are made of were forged in massive stars billions of years ago, then spread throughout the young Milky Way galaxy by the explosive deaths of those same stars...


Enhancing motor learning through VR and robot technology

Although the terms motor skill and coordination bring to mind feats of elite athletes or musicians, there is a tremendous deal of skill and coordination required even to perform the most mundane...


Machine Learning Human Rights and Wrongs

TextLab uses digitally available, unstructured text along with computational tools to address core social science questions such as what countries are violating which human rights over time; on...


MSU IceCube Neutrino Observatory Group – Tyce DeYoung

Associate Professor Tyce DeYoung, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, conducts research in particle astrophysics – the observation of high energy particles...


Modeling and Simulating Plasma

Dr. Christlieb’s research focuses on modeling and simulating materials in extreme states. The large range of temporal and spatial scales that need to be resolved in order to accurately describe...


Identifying Bacteria in Biological Samples by their Genomes

For more than a year and a half, Dr. Matthew Scholz was a Research Specialist with Michigan State University’s BiCEP team.


Nuclear Pasta Reveals the Mystery Inside Neutron Stars

Researcher Bastian Schütrumpf recently worked with Michigan State University’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) to simulate nuclear pasta, a unique phase of nuclear matter formed inside...


Studying the Evolution of Higher Intelligence on MSU’s...

Dr. Chris Adami is a Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.


The Language of a Genome, Decoded through High Performance...

Dr. Shin-Han Shiu studies genetics and evolution. He and his colleagues, using computer simulations and through experiments with plants, explore how genes express themselves. Under what conditions...


The Origin of Electric Organs – Jason Gallant

Zoology Professor, Jason Gallant, from the Department of Zoology at Michigan State University, is broadly interested in the genomics basis of phenotypic evolution and diversification, particularly...


Proteins and Enzymes Research – Robert Cukier

Chemistry Professor Robert Cukier uses theoretical and computational methods to study the functions of proteins and other complex many-body systems.