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ADHS, ASU announce partnership to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona

July 10, 2020 | Press Release

ASU will launch program to provide free saliva-based diagnostic testing for up to 100,000 Arizonans The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University announced a new partnership Thursday that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state. The tests are by appointment only, which can be scheduled by...

Bacteria visualized with remarkable clarity thanks to new technique

July 10, 2020 | News

An escalating arms race between disease-causing bacteria and the antibiotic weapons humans have designed to fight them, continues. Disturbingly, pathogenic microbes are often outwitting our best efforts, developing resistance to many mainline antibiotics. Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics in medicine and agriculture is driving bacterial resistance to these life-saving tools. In a new study, researchers at the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors outline an innovative means...

Biodesign Institute appoints director for new Biodesign Europe

July 7, 2020 | Press Release

In 2013, Arizona State University and Dublin City University signed a Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership, building on this history of collaboration and leveraging our complementary skills and cultural differences. The partnership provides students and researchers with unique education and research experiences while making a positive impact on communities in Arizona and Ireland.  In the research sphere, the ASU Biodesign Institute is a world-renowned research center that develops...

Advances in cryo-EM pave the way for drug discovery

June 22, 2020 | News

Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) is a powerful technique capable of penetrating the mysteries of the molecular world at near atomic resolution. Along with X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), cryo-EM has been a boon to the field of structural biology, helping to unlock the fine details of proteins and their binding activities with small molecules. The enormous power and versatility of the method earned cryo-EM researchers the 2017 Nobel Price in...

Life sciences professor recognized for outstanding mentorship

June 2, 2020 | News

Karen Anderson has found that reminding students of the big picture is key to their success. “Sometimes we lose sight of the big picture when we're in the details,” said Anderson, who has been a professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences since 2011. “Anchoring it back around to why this work really makes a difference helps students understand. I think a lot of my students' motivation comes from knowing why they’re doing what they’re doing and what the...

ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test

May 29, 2020 | News

In an effort to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing easier and more readily available to Arizonans, researchers at Arizona State University have developed the state’s first saliva-based test. “This new saliva-based test will be a real game-changer for those individuals who want to know whether or not they have an active COVID-19 infection,” said ASU Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer, who leads ASU COVID-19 research efforts. “As we return to the workplace, schools...

Biodesign C shines in copper awards

May 28, 2020 | News

Traveling down Rural Road next to Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, it’s impossible to ignore the shiny copper façade of the Biodesign Institute Building C.  The building earns accolades as a modern-day architectural marvel, with its latest win, a North American Copper in Architecture Award. Turns out, this shiny reddish metal is very green — as a sustainable building material — and has a very long history. Some of the most celebrated landmarks in the world’s...

Cancer gets a bad rap: Cell meets song when rap musician and cancer scientist connect to create new music video

May 26, 2020 | News

When it comes to helping understand cancer, Athena Aktipis wants to get her point across – not just to other researchers, but to anyone who will listen. A cancer researcher at Arizona State University, Aktipis is also co-founder of the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE) at Arizona State University, launched in 2018 with a grant of $8.5 million from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. ACE is one of 13 international hubs for helping researchers understand cancer...

Memories of home

May 22, 2020 | News

Genes are more than blueprints for building organisms. They are also vessels of memory. In new research published in Science Advances, Wei Chin Ho, a researcher in the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, along with his colleagues, describe how species can re-adapt to ancestral environments. Phenotypic plasticity is the phenomenon in which one set of genes can code for the expression of various traits. Only one trait is expressed at a time depending on the environment, but if the...

ASU grad student earns fellowship from National Science Foundation

May 14, 2020 | News

John Vant, a graduate student at Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the LeRoy Eyring Memorial Fellowship. That's even more impressive considering Vant said that attending graduate school was, for him, “a low probability phenomenon” and “not for kids like me.” Growing up, Vant always had a...