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Hao Yan awarded $1.2 million to create ‘living electronics’

October 18, 2018 | News

Hao Yan, director of the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, received an extension of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant for his groundbreaking work in nanotechnologies. The additional $1.2 million will help “set the foundation for the bottom-up engineering of synthetic biology tools,” according to Yan. A previous five-year grant of $6.25 million allowed Yan’s team to use structural components of cells to test out fundamental elements and...

In the fight against Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome may hold vital clues

October 16, 2018 | News

At first glance, Down syndrome (DS) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), two severe brain abnormalities, may seem to have little in common. Down syndrome is a hereditary disease, the source of which has long been recognized—a  triplication of chromosome 21. By contrast, the overwhelming majority of Alzheimer’s cases (over 95 percent), do not have a clear-cut genetic source. Instead, the disease, which usually becomes clinically apparent late in life, is caused by a perplexing constellation...

Garcia-Pichel named finalist for Governor’s Innovation Award

October 15, 2018 | News

Arizona State University celebrates innovation every day. Once a year, the state of Arizona shines a light on those who do it best. This year, ASU professor and researcher Ferran Garcia-Pichel and his lab have been named a finalist for Innovator of the Year in academia for the Governor's Celebration of Innovation. The other finalists are Laurence Hurley at the University of Arizona, and Yasin Silva and Deborah Hall of ASU West. Silva and Hall are being recognized for their BullyBlocker app,...

ASU and BioXFEL consortium awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at the atomic level using X-ray lasers

October 10, 2018 | News

Eight Arizona State University faculty researchers in a seven-campus consortium of U.S. universities are revolutionizing bioimaging through collaborations with academia and industry. A $22.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) allows the group to continue their groundbreaking work to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes that are difficult, if not impossible, to see with conventional methods. According to BioXFEL Director Edward Snell,...

Calling all Deadheads: ASU hosts Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting

October 10, 2018 | News

We see it in movies, TV shows and books, but we rarely see it in science – the zombie apocalypse may be nearer than we think, and an ASU-hosted event intends to address that. On Oct. 18-21, ASU will host the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting, an interdisciplinary gathering blending the arts and sciences to address the provocative, ever-engaging topic of zombies. According to the website, a zombie is defined as “an entity that is fully or partially under control of another entity,” a...

ASU research graces cover of ACS journal

October 5, 2018 | News

Publishing a high-impact scientific article is a significant achievement for researchers. Being featured on the journal cover is even better. A new study outlines advances in the field of catalysis research, with broad applications for innovative energy technology. Gary Moore, an assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and a researcher with the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, and his team won the coveted honor when their research article,...

Of science fiction and salamanders New tools for tissue regeneration

October 4, 2018 | News

Scientists have been searching for ways to develop materials that are as dynamic as living things, with the ability to change shape, move and change properties reversibly. Now, with nature as their inspiration, Northwestern University scientists, along with Arizona State University’s Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, have developed soft materials that autonomously self-assemble into molecular superstructures...

ASU brings home two Emmys

October 3, 2018 | News

“By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have life.” It’s a powerful opening statement, delivered by Charles Rolsky in the initial sequence of the award-winning commercial “Oceans.” The minute-long segment was produced for Arizona State University and directed by Josh Soskin. At the 2018 regional Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, held Sept. 22, it won the category of “Commercial - Single Spot.” A second Emmy went to the...

Two ASU professors receive 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

October 2, 2018 | News

“No. 1 in innovation” is an accolade ASU proclaims proudly in all realms of university life. Today, ASU proved once again that it is deserving of such a title.      ASU professors, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, and Rizal Hariadi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, both researchers in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, were announced as the recipients of the 2018 NIH New Innovator...

First experiments at Europe's new X-ray laser reveal structure of antibiotic-disabling enzyme

October 2, 2018 | News

International collaboration obtains the first scientific results from European XFEL An international collaboration led by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron or DESY, with participation from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the Department of Physics and the School of Molecular Sciences, has announced the results of the first scientific experiments at Europe's new X-ray free-electron laser, European XFEL. Over 120 international...