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Petra Fromme’s pioneering efforts in X-ray crystallography honored with the prestigious Anfinsen Award

April 12, 2021 | News

Arizona State University researcher Petra Fromme has received the 2021 Christian B. Anfinsen Award. The honor is bestowed by The Protein Society, the premier international association dedicated to supporting protein research. In presenting Fromme with this prestigious prize, the Protein Society recognizes her groundbreaking efforts to advance the field of protein research, using ultra-high-speed X-ray crystallography to probe matter at the tiniest scales and shortest time durations. These...

ASU is among the leaders in patents granted, startups launched

April 9, 2021 | News

Arizona State University, through Skysong Innovations, continues to achieve high rankings in technology transfer metrics. The latest read on this comes from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). According to AUTM’s most recent survey (fiscal year 2019), ASU was fourth in patents granted, fourth in startup companies launched and third in inventions disclosed when compared with other universities without a medical school.  The AUTM report is an annual survey of the...

First detailed look at crucial enzyme advances cancer research

March 29, 2021 | News

In order to develop more effective drugs against a range of cancers, researchers have been investigating the molecular structure of many diseased-linked enzymes in the body. An intriguing case in point is Taspase 1, a type of enzyme known as a protease. The primary duty of proteases is to break down proteins into smaller peptide snippets or single amino acids. Taspase 1 appears to play a vital role in a range of physiological processes, including cell metabolism, proliferation, migration and...

Variances in critical protein may guide fate of those infected with SARS CoV-2

March 22, 2021 | News

Of the many perplexing questions surrounding SARS CoV-2, a mysterious new pathogen that has killed an estimated 2.6 million people worldwide, perhaps the most insistent is this: why does the illness seem to strike in such a haphazard way, sometimes sparing the 100 year old grandmother, while killing healthy young men and women in the prime of life? A new study by Karen Anderson, Abhishek Singharoy and their colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, may offer some...

Biodesign evolutionary cell biologist awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship

March 11, 2021 | News

Arizona State University Assistant Professor Kerry Geiler-Samerotte was recently named a recipient of the 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards available to early career researchers. The fellowship is awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics,...

New study highlights first infection of human cells during spaceflight

March 9, 2021 | News

Astronauts face many challenges to their health, due to the exceptional conditions of spaceflight. Among these are a variety of infectious microbes that can attack their suppressed immune systems. Now, in the first study of its kind, Cheryl Nickerson, lead author Jennifer Barrila and their colleagues describe the infection of human cells by the intestinal pathogen Salmonella Typhimurium during spaceflight. They show how the microgravity environment of spaceflight changes the molecular...

National Academy of Inventors elevates Forzani to senior member

March 5, 2021 | News

Erica Forzani helped bring the world the first mobile device capable of detecting inflammatory biomarkers for asthma and the first point-of-care mobile sensor for real-time detection of carbon dioxide. A faculty member in the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, Forzani also had a leading role in developing the first mobile metabolic rate tracker and a device for detection of ammonia in biological fluids to diagnose problems related to urea metabolism, liver disease and...

Jeffrey Kordower to lead Biodesign’s aggressive fight against neurodegenerative diseases

March 3, 2021 | News

Arizona State University is honored to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Kordower as the founding director of the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) and endowed Chair as The Charlene and J. Orin Edson Distinguished Director at the Biodesign Institute. For more than 30 years, Kordower has been a faculty member at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he held the Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Neurological Sciences. His pathbreaking...

Using sapphire for biosensing: A new way to shape the gemstone

February 23, 2021 | News

ASU researchers demonstrate the first sapphire-supported nanopore membrane with improved cost-effective, low-noise performance over conventional silicon-based platforms for biomolecular sensing Boiling acid and sapphire crystals sound like the makings of mythological magic. But the two are the key components of a new cost-effective, high-quality and scalable membrane fabrication process.  Arizona State University researchers have developed the first process to successfully use...

Waste into wealth: harvesting useful products from microbial growth

February 17, 2021 | News

Ancient alchemists dreamed of transforming base materials like lead into gold and other valuable commodities. While such efforts generally came to naught, researchers today are having some success in extracting a variety of useful products like aviation fuels, lubricants, solvents, food additives and plastics from organic waste. The trick is accomplished with the aid of specialized bacteria, whose metabolic activities can convert simpler chemicals into useful products through a microbial...