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Ebola Therapy

May 1, 2015

Presented by Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., Regents' Professor and Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Chair, Biodesign’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology This is a Spirit of the Senses salon. Members and Biodesign employees and their guests are welcome.

Anivax licenses Biodesign Institute food safety vaccine technology from Arizona Technology Enterprises

April 22, 2015

Anivax and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) announced today an agreement to license several technologies developed by professor Roy Curtiss III at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University for the development of Anivax’s revolutionary Campylobacter food safety vaccine. The vaccine is designed to be administered to poultry, reducing colonization by the bacteria and ultimately lowering the incidence of human disease. The licensed technologies include specialized approaches for...

Salmonella shows promise as a cancer therapeutic

April 14, 2015

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute scientist Roy Curtiss is making international headlines for a promising new adaptation of his team's expertise in using genetically modifying Salmonella to aid human health----this time, in the fight against cancer.  Salmonella, the bacteria commonly known for causing food poisoning, may be genetically modified to kill cancer cells without causing harm to patients, according to Curtiss, who directs the Center for Infectious Diseases and...

Study examines bacterial threat to chickens and humans

February 9, 2015

Within 40 hours of birth, E. coli bacteria colonize an infant’s gastrointestinal tract, taking up lifelong residence. There, they perform various housekeeping roles, assisting with food absorption, producing the vitamin K2, and defending against harmful bacteria attempting to invade the intestine. Not all E. coli however are welcome guests. Some bacterial strains, known as ExPEC (for extra intestinal pathogenic E. coli) are responsible for a range of illnesses in humans, including neonatal...

Winged victory: a new chicken brings hope to Africa

February 3, 2015

In Uganda—as in most African countries—over 85 percent of families live in rural village conditions, where small-scale backyard poultry operations are ubiquitous. In addition to providing sustenance, the birds can help residents achieve economic and social independence in areas often plagued by cycles of impoverishment and depravation. This is particularly true for village women—traditional keepers of the flocks. Unfortunately, chicken breeds indigenous to Uganda often perform poorly...

Mysteries of infection charted in spacebound worm

January 15, 2015

On Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft streaked skyward from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Lacking human crewmembers, the vessel nevertheless carries very special living cargo—the tiny nematode worm, C. elegans and the foodborne pathogen Salmonella.  In a first-of-its-kind experiment, the soil-dwelling creature will be used to examine the process of bacterial infection by Salmonella, in a reduced gravity...

Exceptional ASU faculty members honored as University Professors

December 17, 2014

  Five of Arizona State University’s faculty members were appointed University Professors in a ceremony hosted by ASU President Michael M. Crow and Provost Robert E. Page, Jr., and attended by Patrick Kenney, George Justice and Ferran Garcia-Pichel, the deans of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Our University Professors are groundbreaking leaders in their creative art or science,” Crow said. “They represent the world-class minds that choose ASU as the place to...

In the gravitational field, researcher Jennifer Barrila excels

November 13, 2014

Jennifer Barrila, Ph.D., an assistant research professor at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Thora W. Halstead Young Investigator’s Award, from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR). Barrila is an accomplished microbiologist and structural biologist working in Biodesign’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, in the laboratory of professor Cheryl Nickerson. The high honor bestowed by ASGSR...

Biodesign and Nature team to launch npj Microgravity

October 10, 2014

Nature Publishing Group and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University today announce the launch of npj Microgravity, a new open access journal. The journal is specifically dedicated to publishing research that enables space exploration and research that is enabled by spaceflight.  It will also publish research utilizing ground-based models of spaceflight. Microgravity is an extreme environment in which gravity is greatly...

Creating dialogue to improve vaccine awareness

September 9, 2014

The best medical therapies won’t do much good if the public abstains from using them. Resistance to life-saving interventions may have a variety of root causes, particularly if the biotechnology involved is new and poorly understood in the non-medical community. In a new study, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and their international collaborators at the Centre for the Study of the Science and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway, examine public...