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National Academy of Inventors announces two ASU researchers as 2018 Fellows

December 11, 2018

Arizona State University researchers Joshua LaBaer and Nathan Newman have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the organization announced today. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.  “With...

Biodesign Executive Director Joshua LaBaer appears on 'Arizona Horizon'

December 6, 2018

One quarter of all breast cancers are among people with triple negative HER2 breast cancer. The aggressive form of cancer is caused by a mutation in cells. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute, and his partner are trying to figure out what is causing those mutations and that would lead to better treatments. He discusses his work on a recent episode of Arizona PBS' "Arizona Horizon." Dr. LaBaer is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly...

Biodesign symposium hosts researchers from West China

November 19, 2018

Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute, co-hosted a lively and innovative symposium, greeting the international guests in their native language. After enthusiastic applause, the presentations began. The symposium, which hosted representatives from Sichuan University and West China Hospital, in addition to researchers from the Biodesign Institute, focused on exploring strategies for the detection and treatment of infectious diseases and cancer. The gathering...

Expert shares advances and opportunities for genetic editing

November 8, 2018

Genome engineering was the subject of the day as Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute kicked off a new lecture series designed to bring science’s preeminent thought leaders to ASU. The Arntzen Grand Challenges Lecture Series launched on Nov. 1 with a presentation by Samuel Sternberg, co-author of A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution—the premiere text on the emergence and future of genetic editing. CRISPR is a revolutionary tool...

ASU a major presence at synthetic biology conference

June 4, 2018

Gathering highlights, discoveries, and tools at the leading edge of DNA editing Synthetic biology uses basic research about DNA and proteins to design and build “living nanotech” that controls cell behavior. The payoff, scientists hope, will be novel biomaterials for rebuilding damaged tissue, molecular and cellular therapies, and localized drug delivery systems for tough cancers. An annual synthetic biology conference is being held in Paradise Valley this week, with Arizona State...

Why Biodesign executive director Josh LaBaer is optimistic about cancer, part of ‘A Sip of Science’ series

May 10, 2018

ASU Biodesign Institute executive director Josh LaBaer hosted more than 50 community members May 6 at BLD restaurant in Chandler. LaBaer, a leading cancer researcher and also the executive director of the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, walked the crowd through the latest advances in his field. The conversation was the fifth event in Biodesign’s new “Sip of Science” series, which brings top scientists to local restaurants for an open dialogue about...

Old drug may have new tricks for fighting cancer

February 4, 2018

In recent years, a powerful suite of drugs known as kinase inhibitors have been developed to treat cancer and other diseases. Primary targets of such drugs include a family of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) which protrude from cell surfaces like antennae and can activate cancer-related pathways in virtually all types of cancer when signaling molecules bind with them. In a new study, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute used an innovative method to screen a broad...

Josh LaBaer appears on PBS's Arizona Horizon to launch "A Sip of Science"

February 1, 2018

Josh LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, appeared on Arizona Horizon Wednesday night to launch “A Sip of Science.” Watch the interview with Ted Simons on Arizona PBS above. “A Sip of Science” is a program that invites you to join in casual conversation at local restaurants with notable researchers and scientists. Join us to learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. “A Sip of Science” talks will...

ASU research project to tackle a nuclear emergency moves to product development phase

January 17, 2018

Editor's note: The following article is an excerpt from a Genomeweb news feature When a false alarm warning of an impending nuclear missile launch recently panicked Hawaiians, it raised bigger questions on U.S. emergency preparedness. ASU has been at the research forefront with a multi-million, multi-year project aimed at helping to triage a population in the event of a nuclear emergency. Recently, GenomeWeb updated its readers on the progress of Project Bioshield, funded by the...

New power in ASU research computing

January 12, 2018

ASU provides high-performance supercomputing capability to faculty To meet the world of big data and ask big questions, Arizona State University just added a powerful new research computing capability. The service will be accessible from any computer. Faculty will be entitled to 25,000 free computing hours monthly per researcher, with additional hours available for a fee. The service is open to all researchers, including staff and students. If postdoctoral researchers are sponsored by a...