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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...

11th Global Summit and Expo on Vaccines, Vaccination and Therapeutics

August 18, 2016

Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., Interim Co-director, Biodesign Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology to present a keynote on “Design and Production of Anti-Ebola Vaccines and Therapeutics” and Stephen Albert Johnston, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine, to present a keynote on “Progress Towards a Universal, Preventative Cancer Vaccine” >>Visit conference website 

Molded in clay: new antibacterials to kill germs

August 3, 2016

For more than 20 years microbiologist Shelley Haydel has been interested in antibacterial and antibiotic discovery. While preventing infections with vaccines is incredibly important, she prefers developing new ways to kill infectious bacteria. “In a perfect world, we would have vaccines that prevent all human infections,” she said, “but we don’t live in a perfect world and we don’t have vaccines for all infections yet. In the meantime, we need to continue developing strategies to...

Searching for an HIV Vaccine: A Heterologous Prime-boost System Using Replicating Vaccinia Virus and Plant-produced Virus-like Particles

June 30, 2016

Lydia Meador, Graduate Assistant/Associate, Biodesign Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology The HIV-1 pandemic continues to cause millions of new infections and AIDS-related deaths each year, and a majority of these occur in regions of the world with limited access to antiretroviral therapy. A HIV-1 vaccine is still desperately needed. The most successful HIV-1 clinical trial to date used a non-replicating canarypox viral vector and protein boosting, yet its modest efficacy left...