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Fall class of faculty and new centers boost Biodesign research endeavors

September 13, 2017

With the start of the fall semester and official launch of the 2017-2018 ASU academic year underway, the Biodesign Institute is pleased to welcome two new center directors and eleven faculty joining its rapidly expanding research enterprise. Recently, the Biodesign Institute celebrated Biodesign C's Topping Out ceremony, and watched the last beam – replete with hundreds of Biodesign employee signatures and well-wishes – lofted atop the framework and into prosperity. With this...

Microbial communities clean toxic waste and generate useful chemicals

July 17, 2017

Microbes are Nature’s great multitaskers. They are ubiquitous inhabitants of the environment, flourishing in landscapes ranging from undersea vents to frozen Nordic tundra, where they are involved in the decomposition of organic matter and the cycling of chemicals essential to life, such as carbon and nitrogen. In new research, Sofia Esquivel-Elizondo, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Anca Delgado at the Biodesign Institute at ASU demonstrate that microbes can also be harnessed to clean up...

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 trichloroetheene (or TCE) into ethene, a...

Scientists mentor future female discoverers

May 27, 2011

To better understand career paths in science, 10 girls who recently placed at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair spent a rewarding day shadowing women scientists at the Biodesign Institute at ASU. The science fair winners’ day at ASU was part of a collaborative effort with other ASU researchers who are members of the Association for Women in Science Central Arizona Chapter. “Young scientists need meaningful interactions with researchers,” said Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Ph.D., of...