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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...

Fostering North American partnerships

August 16, 2016

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan (left), senior vice president for ASU's Knowledge Enterprise Development; Joshua LaBaer, an executive with the Biodesign Institute; and Luis Armando Kuroda of Mexico's Salud Digna and Fundación Vizcarra (right) sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Aug. 15. The MOU establishes a commitment to collaborate using ASU's undergraduate and graduate scientific researchers and Salud Digna's preventative health-care services with the goal of bringing greater...

Green named Health Care Hero finalist for Zika virus detection device

July 12, 2016

Alexander Green, Ph.D., of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has been selected as one of three finalists for the Phoenix Business Journal’s Health Care Hero award in the research/innovator category. The annual award honors exemplary performance in the Phoenix health care industry. Award recipients will be announced at a breakfast, from 7-10 a.m., at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Aug. 25. Green is a synthetic biologist and an assistant professor in the Biodesign Center...

Changing the Drug Discovery Perspective

June 30, 2016

Eli Chapman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Arizona  The number of new molecular entities submitted to the FDA for approval is down from its peak, but the amount of money needed for a drug to reach the clinic is on the rise. Two predominant strategies are generally employed in drug discovery. This seminar is presented by the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and host Jeremy Mills, Ph.D., Assistant...

A Primer on the Zika Virus

June 14, 2016

Alexander Green, Ph.D., assistant professor, Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics Learn about the Zika virus that is causing many women to consider delaying childbirth. Primary transmission is from mosquitoes, but the virus can also be transferred through sex or blood. This typically mild virus has been linked to birth defects and moved to South America. Where will it go next and when? Hear about a new low-cost way to diagnose the Zika virus and ways to prevent...

Top-down design brings new DNA structures to life

May 26, 2016

Among the valuable holdings in London’s Wellcome Library is a rough pencil sketch made in 1953 by Francis Crick. The drawing is one of the first to show the double-helix structure of DNA—Nature’s blueprint for the design of sea snails, human beings, and every other living form on earth. Few could have predicted however, that DNA’s simple properties of self-assembly, and its versatile information-carrying capacity, could be put to many uses never imagined by DNA pioneers Watson and...

Scientists reveal low-cost, paper-based test for Zika

May 6, 2016

Fear of the Zika virus is spreading as images of afflicted infants fill the news. Hoping to foil Zika’s rapid advance, researchers from the Wyss Institute in Boston, along with colleagues from Arizona State University, have developed a low-cost, practical diagnostic that can be easily administered, even in areas where resources and medical expertise are scarce. Alexander Green, an ASU professor at the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and the School of Molecular...