CRC is supporting the development and human imaging studies of a powerful new MRI technology being done by Pitt's Radiofrequency Research Facility and the 7 Tesla Bioengineering Research program ed by bioengineering professor Tamer Ibrahim. The 7 Tesla scanner is one of the most powerful MRI devices in the world, able to reveal details not visible in typical MRI machines. particularly in brain markers implicated in diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s and late life depression, The lab l develops adiofrequency antennas to create even electromagnetic waves to avoid potentially dangerous heating of brain tissue, for which the team uses CRC to simulate hundreds of thousands of possible antenna configurations.
Center for Research Computing this past year helped save a life, measure biodiversity, design spacecraft computers, tackle climate change, and recruit outstanding faculty. Read our Annual Report: Research of Impact 2018-2019.
At left, a simulated nanomaterial separates CO2 (in red and gray) from nitrogen molecules (blue), causing a catalytic reaction producing formic acid, which is used to synthesize valuable fuels and chemicals. The simulation was developed using CRC resosiurces as.part of research on carbon capture and transformation by the team of J. Karl Johnson W.K. Whiteford Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.
The star-nosed mole of North America and the naked mole rat of East Africa are both blind. They underwent the same adapatation to living underground, although they are different species separated by thousands of miles. Marine mammals like manatees and dolphins underwent shared adaptations to aquatic life. What could the convergence of independent physical changes reveal about the evolution of the genes responsible for those physical changes? The labs of Maria Chikina and Nathan Clark explore this evolution relying on CRC resources for computation tasks to compare rates of evolution for a gene in one species to rates of evolution for a gene in another species.
In the spring of 1006 CE a supernova in the constellation Lupus was the brightest stellar object ever recorded on Earth, bright enough for several months to be easily visible in daylight. Most supernovae are not dramatically visible from Earth and don’t leave visible evidence. What they do leave are supernova remnants: expanding balls of gas heated to millions of degrees Celsius. The remnants hold clues to the origins and deaths of stars, and the lab of Pitt astrophysicist Carles Badenes searches for those clues helped by the resources of the Center for Research Computing.