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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...

Graduate from microbiology PhD program launches career in immunology

December 22, 2017

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. Constant discovery and innovation. That’s how Louis Schoettle describes why he chose to study immunology as part of Arizona State University’s microbiology PhD program from the School of Life Sciences, even though when he started his graduate career, he wondered whether he could take on such a difficult field. He also wondered whether working across multiple laboratories to...

Viruses, Immunity, Microbiomes and Infectious Disease

November 29, 2017

Join researchers and clinicians from around Arizona for the first Arizona Wellbeing Commons Viruses, Immunity, Microbiomes and Infectious Disease Division Meeting. We'll have presentations from scientists working in all four areas, a panel discussion on advancing collaborative science, and a poster session. Up to six abstracts chosen for posters will be selected for special oral rapid-fire presentations (three minutes each, maximum of three slides). Please encourage lab members and trainees to...

Barking up the Right Tree: Lessons from the Study of Spontaneous Canine Cancer Genomes

November 29, 2017

Presented by William Hendricks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Integrated Cancer Genomics Division, Translational Genomics Research Institute. Spontaneous cancers arise in pet dogs at 10 times the frequency of human cancers. Yet, the genetic and biologic underpinnings of canine cancers are incompletely understood and clinical outcomes are universally poor. Not only does a great need exist for improved clinical management of canine cancer, but a great opportunity also exists for aligning dogs...

Statewide gathering goes viral

November 13, 2017

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona—infamous rivals on the playing field—joined forces for a special joint conference on virology. The first-of-its-kind event took place at the Biodesign Institute at ASU on Friday, November 3rd and presented a broad range of research concerning one of the more enigmatic entities in the biological world. The gathering was co-hosted by Grant McFadden, director of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy and...

Founding director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, Charles Arntzen, retires

November 10, 2017

Arntzen's creative science leads to discovery of Ebola antidote   From his roots as a fair-haired Minnesota farm boy to climbing the ladder of success in big pharma to blazing a translational academic research path into life-saving therapies, Charles Arntzen has led one extraordinary life in science.  During the course of a prolific career, Arntzen and his collaborators have gained international recognition and helped burnish a special shine on ASU’s star with their dedicated...

Cancer Stem Cell Plasticity in Malignant Gliomas

November 8, 2017

Presented by Shwetal Mehta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center.  Glioblastoma multiforme are highly infiltrative, aggressive and lethal primary brain tumors in adults that are resistant to conventional treatments. Current treatment regimens are mostly palliative and the tumors almost always recur. A major clinical obstacle in treatment of GBMs is the presence of intratumoral heterogeneity due to multiple deregulated pathways...

Now showing: 3D movie of a virus in action

August 14, 2017

A research collaboration led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has for the first time created a three-dimensional movie showing a virus preparing to infect a healthy cell. The research promises to help advance our understanding of changes that viruses undergo during infection. This could lead to better therapeutic treatments and prevention of viral diseases when applied to studies of viruses that infect humans and other hosts. The feat was made possible by UWM physicists, who...

Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine

August 9, 2017

Tobacco plant produced vaccine could also be less costly, targeted for the developing world The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas. It struck great fear in pregnant women, as babies born with severe brain birth defects quickly overburdened hospitals and public health care systems. In response, there has been a flurry of heroic scientific efforts to stop Zika.  Whole governments, academic labs and pharmaceutical companies...