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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...

Body’s natural molecular mechanisms provide blueprint for better technology

March 14, 2016

Ximin He, chemical engineer and materials scientist, is working to design “smart” materials that perform functions like, removing heavy metal ions from wastewater. ASU Now reports, “Such an achievement could open paths to better water purification and treatment, as well as more effective removal of heavy metals, medical diagnoses, environmental protection, food processing, energy efficiency and a number of other things that require combined applications of chemical, materials and...

Chemical Cages: new technique advances synthetic biology

February 10, 2016

Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules—the enzymes. In a new study, Hao Yan, director of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute presents a clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with, speeding up reactions essential for life processes. The research, which...

ASU top recipient of prestigious Air Force Young Investigator awards

January 25, 2016

ASU’s innovation winning streak has continued among its next generation of talented faculty. Three ASU researchers---more than any other university in the nation----have been awarded part of $20.6 million in total grants funded through the U.S. Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). ASU assistant professors Ximin He, Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Yu Yao will use the three-year YIP awards to pursue groundbreaking discoveries and developing new building blocks and high...

Thermodynamic and Kinetics of DNA Tile-based Self-assembly

November 19, 2015

Department of Physics Colloquia with Yan Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics.