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Center Director and Professor

Stephen Johnston

Center Director and Professor, Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine

Stephen Albert Johnston is currently the director for the Center for Innovations in Medicine (CIM), a Professor in the School of Life Sciences, and Director of the Biological Design Graduate Program at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.  The CIM's and Dr. Johnston's current work focuses on innovative solutions to fundamental problems in biomedicine.  The CIM is unique in that it has brought together a group of interdisciplinary scientists who first identify a problem, analyze the physical economy basis of the related issues and then come up with an inventive solution.  Current major projects are 1) Cancer Eradication: The focus is on developing a universal, preventative cancer vaccine, 2) Health Futures: The aim is to produce a diagnostic system that allows  continuous monitoring of the health status of healthy people - helping in the revolution to pre-symptomatic medicine.   Dr. Johnston has experience in basic science, notably first cloning the Gal4 gene, showing that proteins have separable functional domains, and discovering the AAA proteins and their role in transcription.  His focus now is in translational sciences and technology development.  He was co-inventor/innovator of pathogen derived resistance, organelle transformation, the gene gun, genetic immunization, TEV protease system, expression library immunization, linear expression elements, synbodies and immunosignaturing.  He is author of over 150 journal articles, has over 20 patents, and has garnered approximately $85M in grant support including large programs from DARPA, NIAID and NHLBI.  
 

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Justin Brown
Justin Brown
External Collaborator
Innovations in Medicine
Andrei Chapoval
Andrei Chapoval
Assoc Research Professor (FSC)
Innovations in Medicine
Robayet Chowdhury
Robayet Chowdhury
Grad Research Assistant
School of Molecular Sciences
Graduate Student
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Chris Diehnelt
Chris Diehnelt
Associate Research Professor
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Penny Gwynne
Penny Gwynne
Research Laboratory Manager
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Debra Hansen
Debra Hansen
Associate Research Professor
Applied Structural Discovery
Associate Faculty
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Stephen Johnston
Stephen Johnston
Professor
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Center Director
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Yisrael Katz
Yisrael Katz
External Collaborator
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Associate Faculty
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Anatoli Korkin
Anatoli Korkin
External Collaborator
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Gabriela Lee
Gabriela Lee
Research Technician
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Research Professional
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Pattie Madjidi
Pattie Madjidi
Business Operations Manager Sr
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Staff
Biodesign CAT
Sierra Murphy
Sierra Murphy
Research Technician
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Milene Peterson
Milene Peterson
Assistant Research Scientist
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Edward Rady
Edward Rady
External Collaborator
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Adrienne Scheck
Adrienne Scheck
External Collaborator
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Dmitry Scherbakov
Dmitry Scherbakov
Consultant
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Luhui Shen
Luhui Shen
Assistant Research Scientist
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Kathryn Sykes
Kathryn Sykes
External Collaborator
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Neal Woodbury
Neal Woodbury
Chief Science + Technology Officer & Professor
Ofc EVP Knowledge Enterprise
Faculty Member
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Zhan-Gong Zhao
Zhan-Gong Zhao
External Collaborator
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