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Girl Power in New Orleans: Conquering the ASM2015 Meeting

June 25, 2015

It was that time of the year again:  thousands of microbiologists and microbiology enthusiasts packed their suitcases and traveled to the 115th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting. This year, the destination was NOLA! New Orleans had lots to offer to first-time visitors like us:  from local fresh seafood dishes to swamps with alligators.  Unlike last year, this year ladies only contingent (Sofia Esquivel, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and I)...

ASU to lead new FDA approved autism treatment study

August 19, 2014

Arizona State University (ASU) will lead a new study examining a novel treatment for gastrointestinal problems in children with autism. This research study has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About half of children and adults with autism suffer from chronic gastrointestinal problems, which cause pain, discomfort, and irritability. Recent research at Arizona State University (ASU) has suggested that those gastrointestinal (GI) problems may be due in part to...

Managing specialized microbes to clean stubborn chemicals from the environment

June 23, 2014

  Chlorinated chemicals perform a host of societally useful functions, but they also have a dark side. Once their use life has ended, such agents often become environmental contaminants, sometimes resistant to bioremediation.  In a series of new studies, Anca Delgado, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, examines unique groups of microorganisms, capable of converting hazardous chlorinated chemicals like trichloroethene (or TCE) into ethene, a...

Gut microbe research featured in Nature

May 2, 2014

In a new Nature magazine feature article, science writer Sarah Deweerdt interviews leading researchers who are unraveling the fascinating relationship between diet, gut microbes, and human diseases. Among those featured is research led by Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, whose team examines the links between gut microbes, obesity, and more recently, an intriguing connection with autism.  Deweerdt writes: In an ongoing study, [Bruce] Rittmann and Krajmalnik-Brown are...

Garcia-Pichel appointed dean of natural sciences at ASU

January 23, 2013

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, an internationally recognized microbiologist, has been appointed dean of natural sciences in Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He most recently served as professor and associate director of research and training for ASU’s School of Life Sciences. Garcia-Pichel assumes the leadership role held previously by professor Robert E. Page Jr.  Page continues in his position as university vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal...

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown selected for Phoenix Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ Honors

May 18, 2012

  The Phoenix Business Journal has named ASU’s Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown to its 2012 “Forty Under 40” list that honors young leaders in the metropolitan area. Krajmalnik-Brown is a scientist who uses new genomic-based tools to uncover the roles of microscopic organisms to clean water, produce energy and positively impact human health.  “My fascination with small life forms and their potential to help solve societal problems drives my research,” says Krajmalnik-Brown, who...

Biodesign Institute appoints four faculty members to expand research capabilities

October 8, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz. – An oncologist, immunologist, ecologist and geneticist have been hired by Arizona State University to expand the university’s research capabilities. The four new professors will join research teams at the Biodesign Institute® and instruct courses in the School of Life Sciences. The new hires include: Karen Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Biodesign’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics Joseph Blattman, Ph.D., assistant professor in...

ASU renewable biofuel project chosen as finalist for Governor's Innovation Awards

November 9, 2008

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has been honored for its efforts to develop a renewable, high-yield fuel that would work in conventional engines by being selected as one of two finalists for the annual Governor’s Council of Innovation Awards.  The Governor’s award finalist in the category Innovator of the Year Award for Academia, recognizes an...

Green Initiatives

September 21, 2007

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Among the Biodesign Institute’s large thematic areas is a focus on energy and the environment. Our commitment to sustainable initiatives reflects ASU’s leadership in this arena. Our facility was the first in Arizona to earn the top Platinum ranking for environmentally-friendly design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. Our research includes work in...