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  • May, 2015, Professor John C.H. Spence elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
  • April, 2015, Key blood pressure drug seen in startling new detail, Zhang, H., et al., Cell
  • April, 2015, Our Ever Green World, New York Times
  • February, 2015, X-ray crystallography brings pain pathways into view, Fenalti, G., et al., Nat Struct Mol Biol
  • December, 2014, First time-resolved XFEL studies at atomic resolution, Tenboer, J., et al., Science, ASU News Article, Biodesign Article
  • September, 2014, AzTE award to John Spence and Uwe Weirstall
  • July 2014, First time-resolved XFEL studies of Photosynthesis, Kupitz, C., et al., Nature
  • August, 2014, Launch of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery, AzCentral Article, Biodesign Article
  • April, 2014, New link of dietary fats to colon cancer, Wang, D., et al., PNAS
  • December, 2013, New structure of major drug target protein, Liu, W., et al., Science
  • December, 2012, In vivo protein crystallization opens new routes in structural biology, Koopmann, R., et al., Nature Methods
  • December, 2012, New insights into African Sleeping Sickness, Redecke, L., et al., Science, One of Science’s top 10 breakthroughs
  • February, 2011, Serial femtosecond nanocrystallography, Chapman, H., et al., Nature


ASU students are instrumental in creating new imaging tool

April 18, 2022

After finals week her junior year at Arizona State University, Ana Staletovic received an interesting email from her physics professor, Bill Graves. “The subject line was ‘Internship opportunity?’” says Staletovic. “And he said in the email, ‘You probably already have plans, but we are looking for a project manager intern.’” Graves was offering her the chance to get involved with the creation of the world’s first compact X-ray free electron laser, or CXFEL for short, at...

CXFEL student awarded Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in STEM research

April 1, 2022

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement at Arizona State University has announced that four outstanding undergraduates have been selected as 2022 Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduate researchers in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. One of the recipients is Biodesign's CXFEL student, Jasmin Falconer.  This year is the first time since 2011 that all four ASU nominees...

Lost in the moss: ASU scientists answer key questions regarding photosynthesis evolution

February 28, 2022

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, by determining the structure of a very large photosynthetic supercomplex in mosses.   This important discovery is laid out in their paper just published in Nature Plants. The paper is titled "The structure of the Physcomitrium patens photosystem I reveals a unique Lhca2a paralogue replacing Lhca4." “This structure is a major breakthrough in tracing the...

CXFEL student nominated for Goldwater scholarship

February 21, 2022

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement (ONSA) has announced that four outstanding Arizona State University undergraduates have been nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduate researchers in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. One of the nominees was Biodesign's very own, electrical engineering major Jasmin Falconer. Falconer, a junior, is a native of Portland, Oregon. After completing...

New technology fused with photosynthetic life offers path to green energy

February 15, 2022

The quest for sustainable energy has become a central challenge for society. In order to meet ever-expanding energy demands without further damaging the global climate, researchers are tapping into natural processes that have provided plants and many animal forms with their energy source for billions of years.  Their secret is the conversion of radiant light energy into chemical energy in the process of photosynthesis. In new research appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the...

Freeze Frame: Scientists use new electron microscope to explore the mysteries of life

November 30, 2021

In a winding corridor behind a loading dock in the basement of Arizona State University's Schwada building, a group of ASU scientists are meeting in a lab, deeply focused, exploring the mysteries of life.  Tucked in the basement in the heart of the Tempe campus is the only microscope of its kind in Arizona, ASU's Titan Krios, a dedicated cryogenic transmission electron microscope (or cryo-EM) that uses flash-frozen samples to explore the complexities of cellular life.  Associate...

New theories and materials aid the transition to clean energy

October 14, 2021

With each passing day, the dark side of our addiction to fossil fuels becomes more apparent. In addition to slashing emissions of carbon dioxide, society must find sustainable alternatives to power the modern world. In a new study, Gary Moore and his research group explore different approaches to catalysis, a chemical process that plays an essential role in biological reactions, as well as many industrial applications. Catalysts are substances that speed up the rates of chemical...

Improvements in microscopy home in on biology’s elusive details

October 13, 2021

In the late 1600s, the Dutch tradesman Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek began investigating the world of the very small using the first microscope, discovering a riotous world of protists, bacteria, and other previously unseen organisms. Subsequent generations of scientists have developed ever-more-sophisticated means of probing the microscopic world, bringing many mysteries of the biological realm into stunning relief. Now, researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD)...

A unique material with tunable properties is explored in a new study

September 13, 2021

If you’re old enough, you may still have a box of cassette or VHS tapes lying around. These storage devices were popular in the 1970s and 80s, but have since fallen into disuse, replaced by CDs and other digital media. Now, researchers are taking a new look at chromium oxides, magnetic chemical compounds once used to coat the surfaces of such tapes. In a new study, Scott Sayres and Jacob Garcia, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and ASU’s School...

New research advances clean energy solutions

September 2, 2021

Meeting society’s growing energy needs has become a daunting challenge for humanity. Demands for energy are expected to nearly double by the year 2050, while the effects of climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, are already wreaking havoc in the form of droughts, wildfires, floods and other disasters. Gary Moore, a researcher at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and ASU's School of Molecular Sciences, thinks chemistry will play a vital role in the...