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New Biodesign Travel Grants send students to Japan, Chicago, Palm Springs

March 21, 2018

Five students affiliated with Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are the first recipients of the new Biodesign Student Travel Grant. The funding for this program was received from ASU Sun Devil Giving Day, a university-wide event in which Sun Devils from campus and all over the world are invited to show support for the university by engaging in online giving. Supporting students as they travel to career-building conferences is just one way to participate in 2018’s Sun Devil...

Gemneo Bioscience receives entrepreneurship award from Flinn Foundation

March 1, 2018

Gemneo Bioscience, a genomics technology company seeking to revolutionize diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other diseases, was named last week as one of six Arizona bioscience startup firms that will participate in the Flinn Foundation’s 2018 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. Gemneo will receive $30,000 in funding support and program services through a nonprofit partner. Gemneo was selected from 30 applicants, a record for the program. “The six companies chosen this year are...

ASU's Biodesign Institute hosts thousands of visitors for Open Door 2018

February 27, 2018

More than 2,600 people walked the halls of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute Saturday during the seventh annual ASU Open Door event. Kids of all ages and their families enjoyed nearly 40 science exhibits and activities organized by 16 research centers at Biodesign.  Guests had the chance to take a selfie and watch their face evolve with computer software, put on a spacesuit and do a microbiology experiment on the International Space Station, see how treatments to fight...

Triple-negative Breast Cancer: What Have We Learned, How Can We Innovate?

January 25, 2018

Presented by Jasgit Sachdev, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Clinical Trial Investigator, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, Honor Health Research Institute Jasgit Sachdev leads the Honor Health Research Institute program in new drug development for breast and gynecologic cancers and has been actively engaged in clinical and translational research with a particular focus in triple negative breast cancer. She has served as the principal investigator on several...

ASU alumna uses her love of science to improve the lives of patients

January 11, 2018

A research project, personal experience or academic course often drives students into a particular field of study. For Arizona State University alumna Teresa Brandt, it was her inherent curiosity that led her to study molecular and cellular biology. “I’m very curious and this field has allowed me to explore my curiosity in science,” Brandt said. “Exploring science and being a role model for my family and my kids in doing a job that’s meaningful and rewarding drives me to stay in...

Targeting Adrenergic Receptors to Engineer Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Grafts

January 11, 2018

Presented by Richard J. Simpson, PhD FACSM, Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona Richard Simpson completed his training in exercise physiology and immunology at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland before spending nine years as a faculty member at the University of Houston. He studies the effects of exercise and stress on the immune system. Major cross-cutting themes of his work are aging (immunosenescence), cancer...

Remodeling Nuclear Architecture Allows Efficient Transport of Herpesvirus Capsids by Diffusion

January 11, 2018

Presented by  Ian Hogue, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapeutics, Vaccines and Virology Virus particles have evolved to make themselves cargoes of intracellular trafficking mechanisms. For example, alpha herpesvirus particles recruit microtubule motors to transport up to a meter down the axons of neurons. But how do these particles, which are too large to exit via the nuclear pore complex, move a few microns to get out of the nucleus? Join herpes...

Developing Exosomes as a Therapeutic Platform

January 11, 2018

Presented by  Douglas Williams, PhD, President and CEO, Codiak Codiak is building a unique platform to employ exosomes as therapeutics. Exosomes are an ancient, highly evolved, and natural messenger system that cells use to communicate. Exosomes are lipid nanoparticles that have unique protein and carbohydrate molecules on their surface that allow them to traffic in the body and be taken up efficiently by cells. Codiak can engineer specific messages into the exosome system,...

A Metabolic Explanation for Plasma Cell Lifespan and the Duration of Immunity

January 4, 2018

Presented by Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Arizona Department of Immunobiology. Plasma cell survival and the consequent duration of humoral immunity vary greatly with the vaccine or infection, but the pathways that mediate these differences are mostly unknown. Bhattacharya will first present an overview of the cellular steps of antigen-dependent B cell differentiation. Then, he will share his team’s recent findings on two largely uncharacterized...

Cytomegalovirus and Modulation of Immunity During Aging

January 4, 2018

Friday, Jan. 5, noon – 1 p.m. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD, Bowman Professor and Head, Department of Immunobiology, Co-Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging, University of Arizona College of Medicine Cytomegalovirus infection has been shown to have fascinating and incompletely understood effects upon health, longevity and immune function in the course of human aging. Janko Nikolich-Zugich will present data from human cross-sectional studies delineating how human CMV impacts...