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ASU appoints Josh LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., as new executive director

March 30, 2017 | Press Release

Arizona State University announced today that Joshua LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., a leading researcher in cancer and personalized medicine, has been appointed the new executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, effective April 1, 2017. “Josh’s solutions-oriented research and innovative leadership make him uniquely qualified to guide the Biodesign Institute on its revolutionary path,” said Michael M. Crow, ASU president. “In many ways, Josh’s career trajectory...

‘Science Exposed’: Performance art meets science in experimental collaboration

March 29, 2017 | News

Artist vs. scientist. Right vs. left brain. Creativity vs. stark logic. When the seemingly separate worlds of art and science collide, will they produce chaos or a masterwork? This semester, in a new “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts” initiative, a dozen of ASU’s Herberger Institute artists and Biodesign Institute scientists are about to find out what happens when art and science collide. Three diverse projects now underway may give audiences pause and...

Tuberculosis, then and now: from Old West to a new test to rapidly identify worldwide infections

March 27, 2017 | Press Release

Tuberculosis, once better known as consumption for the way its victims wasted away, has a long and deadly history, with estimates indicating it may have killed more people than any other bacterial pathogen. Consumption played a role in many of our stories of the Old West, but even today — despite $6.6 billion spent for international TB care and prevention efforts — it remains a major risk to human health. A group of maverick scientists from Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C., has...

An expedition to the end of the gene

March 26, 2017 | News

Proteins help account for the complexity and astonishing diversity among humans (and other living forms). They are the body’s workhorses, forming muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood; facilitating essential chemical reactions and protecting us from disease.  The sequencing of the human genome, however, presented science with a puzzle: despite their enormous physical variability, humans only have around 20,000 genes capable of coding for these proteins. How can this tiny...

Alex Green honored for early career achievements

March 22, 2017 | News

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...

TEDxASU event to showcase 'Innovation Worth Sharing'

March 21, 2017 | News

ASU faculty, students to share their ideas and new ways of looking at issues in hopes of sparking inspiration in the audience Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life. None of them would have been possible without the sharing of knowledge and revolutionary ideas that make innovation possible. Arizona State University students and faculty who have made a meaningful impact on the world will speak...

Founders' Day highlights

March 20, 2017 | News

Founders’ Day 2017 honored alumni, faculty and alumni supporters whose efforts have resulted in groundbreaking research, distinguished service and visionary philanthropy. Founders’ Day 2017 exemplifies how ASU continues to evolve as the New American University. The event showcased ASU as an educational institution that advances research, champions the discovery of public value, and assumes fundamental responsibility for the communities it serves. Learn more about our award...

NASA, ASU collaboration develops new 3-D tissue culture models with immune cells to better mimic human gut infections

March 10, 2017 | Press Release

Vaccines and antimicrobials have done more to transform medicine and extend the average human lifespan than any other scientific breakthrough. Yet infectious diseases remain the world’s no. 1 leading cause of death of children and young adults.  Now, with emerging epidemic threats like Zika, Ebola, SARS, TB and others, massive increases in antimicrobial resistance, and the time and cost for developing new antimicrobial drugs and therapeutics, scientists are worried about finding ever...

Thousands of science seekers dazzled at ASU's Night of the Open Door

March 10, 2017 | News

On a picturesque, 75-degree Arizona evening, as visitors first walked through the doors of the Biodesign Institute, a buzz of excitement greeted them. There, visitors lined up to try on virtual reality goggles for a sneak peek at what the completed Biodesign building expansion would look like from the maze of construction next door. It was all part of the ASU Night of the Open Door, an annual signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival which took place this year Feb. 25, from 3-9 p.m....

New indicators to aid Crohn’s disease diagnosis and treatment

March 9, 2017 | Press Release

The diagnosis, understanding and management of Crohn’s disease may have just received a helping hand from a joint ASU Biodesign Institute and Mayo Clinic study aimed at developing a better blood test for the disease. The study, led by Biodesign scientists Josh LaBaer and Ji Qiu, along with gastroenterologists Shabana Pasha and Jonathan Leighton from Mayo Clinic Arizona, successfully identified several molecules, called biomarkers, that were unique indicators found only in patients with...