News & Events

Women in philanthropy expands Biodesign cancer research support

June 8, 2017

New grants from Women & Philanthropy, a philanthropic program of the ASU Foundation, will distribute $250,000 to support three initiatives that span innovative cancer research and a unique prisoner education program at ASU.  With the awards, the Women & Philanthropy program will continue its support of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, where researchers are combatting disease and improving health in myriad ways—including two new promising cancer therapy studies. “Cancer kills...

Is the world ready for another Ebola outbreak?

May 17, 2017

A new Ebola outbreak in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has some public health officials on guard for larger outbreaks to come, but Arizona State University’s Charles Arntzen, who played a crucial role in development of the Ebola therapeutic drug called ZMapp, says the current outbreak is small and there are a number of fledgling drugs that can be used to fight it and vaccinate the people in local areas. Q:  What do you know about the current Ebola outbreak in the...

What if We Could Harness the Capabilities of Our Own Immune System to Cure Cancer?

May 17, 2017

Cheryl Selinsky, Ph.D., Vice President, Research Operations, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Immunotherapy harnesses your body’s own defenses to fight cancer. It takes the always-on defense of your own immune system and trains it to recognize cancer cells and to kill them. Dramatic responses seen in metastatic melanoma patients treated with immunotherapy spurred a renewed invigoration of the field and the promise it holds to offer robust and durable responses in many cancers....

ASU postdoc awarded Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - NASA joint fellowship to study International Space Station microbes

May 16, 2017

Arizona State University has received new support from the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NASA for its rising research stars to study the microbiome of the built environment on board the International Space Station (ISS).  ASU Biodesign Institute postdoctoral researcher Jiseon Yang was just one of five scientists chosen from across the country for a fellowship award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under a joint call with NASA – “Microbes of the Built Environment...

‘Science Exposed’: Performance art meets science in experimental collaboration

March 29, 2017

Artist vs. scientist. Right vs. left brain. Creativity vs. stark logic. When the seemingly separate worlds of art and science collide, will they produce chaos or a masterwork? This semester, in a new “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts” initiative, a dozen of ASU’s Herberger Institute artists and Biodesign Institute scientists are about to find out what happens when art and science collide. Three diverse projects now underway may give audiences pause and...

NASA, ASU collaboration develops new 3-D tissue culture models with immune cells to better mimic human gut infections

March 10, 2017

Vaccines and antimicrobials have done more to transform medicine and extend the average human lifespan than any other scientific breakthrough. Yet infectious diseases remain the world’s no. 1 leading cause of death of children and young adults.  Now, with emerging epidemic threats like Zika, Ebola, SARS, TB and others, massive increases in antimicrobial resistance, and the time and cost for developing new antimicrobial drugs and therapeutics, scientists are worried about finding ever...

ASU symposium examines cheating

February 21, 2017

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives. The people you’ve had for dinner 20 times who always show up empty-handed. Does it make you feel any better that ants, bees and wasps suffer from similar company? Arizona State University’s first Cooperation and Conflict Symposium was held Thursday, bringing scholars from around campus and the world to discuss “Solving the problem of cheating in large-scale...

Effects of spaceflight detected in blood

January 25, 2017

As researchers have long known, the punishing conditions associated with human spaceflight present profound challenges for the mental and physical health of astronauts. Acceleration during launch, (which must rapidly propel the craft to some 18,000 mph), acute confinement, hazardous levels of radiation, sleep deprivation, and reduced gravity (or microgravity) can produce a range of physiological effects, from suppressed immune function, bone and muscle loss, eyesight problems, and viral...

Kuroiler Chicken Project

January 3, 2017

It was a warm summer day about seven years ago when Jagdev Sharma and two companions visited a village in rural Uganda to talk to the locals about chickens. A farmer introduced Sharma to several villagers. “I want you to meet somebody who has brought a bird to our country that is going to change our lives,” he said. “It was a very poignant moment,” said Sharma, a researcher at the ASU Biodesign Institute who has spent the past seven years introducing a fast-growing backyard...

International expert in the study of viruses, infectious diseases and cancer to lead ASU’s Biodesign Institute center

October 4, 2016

With an estimated 600,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. this year alone and a looming crisis in antibiotic resistance, there is an urgent societal need to develop novel solutions.  The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has hired internationally renowned virologist Grant McFadden to direct a major research initiative that will develop cutting-edge strategies to treat cancer and prevent infectious diseases.  McFadden has been tapped to lead the Biodesign Center for...