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Chinese partners bring strong potential to advance research at Biodesign Institute

January 3, 2018

ASU’s approach toward global research engagement addresses some of the most pressing problems facing us in health today—including global pandemics and a growing cancer incidence in the developing world—that are tied to issues that require multiple, transnational partners to come up with solutions more rapidly. Recently, ASU Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer led a delegation to visit key Chinese partners to further explore new research possibilities. The stops...

Spaghetti-like, DNA “noodle origami” the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology

December 14, 2017

May one day revolutionize medicine by making and delivering drugs inside cells For the past few decades, scientists have been inspired by the molecule of life, DNA, as the shape of things to come for nanotechnology. This burgeoning field is called DNA origami. Scientists borrowed its moniker from the paper artists who conjure up birds, flowers and planes from imaginatively folding a single sheet of paper. Similarly, DNA origami scientists are dreaming up a variety of shapes ---at a...

Learning from Photosynthesis

November 13, 2017

The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth of over 250 feet. Plants perform the same remarkable trick, gathering radiant energy from the sun and converting it to biological energy essential for growth.  This process—perfected over billions of years—is known as photosynthesis. Now, Hao Yan and Neal Woodbury from ASU’s...

Alex Green wins $2.1M NIH New Innovator Award

October 10, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $2.1 million grant to ASU Biodesign Institute professor and School of Molecular Sciences faculty member Alexander Green to pursue innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. The highly competitive grants, which were recently announced Oct. 5, were among 86 such awards nationwide, were made under the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund. “I...

Restoring loss: Bio-inspired materials boost regenerative medicine

August 8, 2017

Technology could one day help treat diseases including stroke, heart attacks, Parkinson’s and arthritis What if one day, we could teach our bodies to self-heal like a lizard’s tail and make severe injury or disease no more threatening than a paper cut? Or heal tissues by coaxing cells to multiply, repair or replace damaged regions in loved ones whose lives have been ravaged by stroke, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease? Such is the vision, promise and excitement in the...

Absolute Control Over Light-matter Interaction

June 14, 2017

Ashwin Gopinath, Ph.D., Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology, presents: The interaction between matter and electromagnetic fields is interesting not only for its fundamental significance, but also to enable applications ranging from optical sensing to information processing and communication. The main problem is the technical challenge associated with positioning and orienting a single unit of matter within an arbitrary electromagnetic...

Alex Green honored for early career achievements

March 22, 2017

Honored for Zika virus work and New Investigator Award to develop valley fever test kit ASU assistant professor of the School of Molecular Sciences and Biodesign Institute researcher Alex Green earned double accolades this year, for outstanding research in molecular science. The most recent award, which comes from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC), will fund Green’s research on an easy to use test kit for Valley fever, which is a disease caused by fungal spores native to...

Zika test among ASU research highlights for 2016

January 3, 2017

A roundup of some of the university’s top stories of 2016 It was a year of big headlines for both the nation and Arizona State University. As the world has been faced with new challenges — and opportunities for new solutions — ASU has found innovative ways to help the communities it serves. The university’s faculty, staff and students have made advancements in health, space exploration, robotics and more, all while expanding access to education and extending compassion to...

Popular Science lists Zika test among its Best of What’s New in 2016

October 20, 2016

Developed by ASU and Harvard researchers, test is low-cost and could revolutionize field testing Popular Science named a low-cost Zika virus test developed by researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Boston and Arizona State University a 2016 Best of What’s New award winner in the health category. “We’re really honored to have our work recognized by Popular Science,” Green said. “It’s been exciting to see the...

Catching rays with DNA

September 24, 2016

DNA nanotechnology is a field that is one part chemistry and one part architecture, but with scientists using building materials that are 50,000 times smaller than a human hair. Now imagine using the coiled strands of DNA, wrapped end over end, to build tiny robots that could enter the body and deliver drugs exactly where they need to go, or nanoscale solar panels that work to provide more renewable energy. That is the promise, excitement and long term dream of this technology. “I was...