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ASU professor receives prestigious award for mentoring, interdisciplinary research

September 24, 2020 | News

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State University professor and researcher, has been awarded the 2021 D.C. White Award by the American Society for Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 30,000 scientists and health practitioners. The award recognizes distinguished accomplishments in both interdisciplinary research and mentoring. It was created in honor of David C. White,...

Edson seed grants advance innovative dementia solutions

September 24, 2020 | News

Over $300,000 from The Charlene and J. Orin Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions was awarded to three Arizona State University research teams for innovative research projects. The funding comes from a portion of Charlene and J. Orin Edson’s $50 million gift to ASU for dementia research and education initiatives.  The Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions aims to revolutionize care for individuals suffering from neurological disease and their caregivers. The...

Mining molecular data with cryo-EM unveils hidden biological secrets

September 21, 2020 | News

The field of structural biology has made enormous strides, peering into the activities of nature at the tiniest scale. Such investigations are critical for charting the behavior of important macromolecules and understanding their essential role in living organisms. Researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences have taken a new approach to studying molecules of life, examining not only their static structures...

Technique permits convenient, precise optical imaging of individual proteins

September 21, 2020 | News

Often considered the workhorses of the body, proteins are among the most important biomolecules critical to life processes. They provide structural foundation for cells and tissues and perform a dizzying array of tasks, from metabolizing energy and helping cells communicate with one another to defending the body from pathogens and guiding cell division and growth. Because protein dysfunction is implicated in so many serious diseases, proteins are the primary targets for most therapeutic...

Arizona genetic research group tracks initial spread of SARS-CoV-2

September 16, 2020 | News

Seeds of widespread ‘community’ distribution began mid-February Initial findings reported by the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union (ACGU) suggest that following Arizona’s first reported case of COVID-19 in late January, the state experienced no cases that went undetected and was COVID-19-free until at least 11 distinct incursions occurred between mid-February and early April. Efrem Lim, a virologist who leads the ASU contributions to the ACGU, said the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence...

Storing information and designing uncrackable codes with DNA

September 15, 2020 | News

For billions of years, Nature has used DNA like a molecular bank vault; a place to store her most coveted secrets: the design blueprints essential to life. Now, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute are exploring the unique information-carrying capacities of DNA, hoping to produce microscopic forms whose ability to encrypt, store and retrieve information rival those of the silicon-based semiconductor memories found in most computers. If successful, DNA-based storage technologies...

New method to design diamond lattices and other crystals from microscopic building blocks

September 14, 2020 | News

An impressive array of architectural forms can be produced from the popular interlocking building blocks known as LEGOS®. All that is needed is a child’s imagination to construct a virtually infinite variety of complex shapes. In a new study appearing in the journal Physical Review Letters, researchers describe a technique for using LEGO®-like elements at the scale of a few billionths of a meter. Further, they are able to cajole these design elements to self-assemble, with each LEGO®...

Are male genes from Mars, female genes from Venus? Review highlights sex differences in health and disease

September 11, 2020 | News

Males and females share the vast majority of their genomes. Only a sprinkling of genes, located on the so-called X and Y sex chromosomes, differ between the sexes. Nevertheless, the activities of our genes—their expression in cells and tissues—generate profound distinctions between males and females. Not only do the sexes differ in outward appearance, their differentially expressed genes strongly affect the risk, incidence, prevalence, severity and age-of-onset of many diseases,...

ASU’s Biodesign Institute. Innovative. Impactful.

September 11, 2020 | News

Traditional research — with its steady, measured pace — just can’t keep up with the world’s scourge of disease, pollution and plague. That is where the Biodesign Institute comes in. In 2003, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow launched a new kind of research institute — one where scientists, engineers, thinkers and dreamers replicate the elegance of the natural world to create new solutions to challenges in health, sustainability and human security. The Biodesign...

AZBio awards ASU researchers for exceptional work in biosciences

September 9, 2020 | News

This month, AZBio announced that two of their annual awards will go to outstanding Arizona State University researchers — Joshua LaBaer and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. AZBio is a statewide organization that is dedicated to “building the biosciences industry in Arizona by providing access to key resources, connections and information in our biosciences community.” As part of those efforts, each year AZBio recognizes scientists, educators, leaders and companies that are furthering biological...