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Curtiss named ‘Bioscience Researcher of the Year’ by the Arizona BioIndustry Association

July 1, 2007 | News

Julie Kurth, Communication Manager (480) 727-9386 | julie.kurth@asu.edu   Roy Curtiss, III, PhD, of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, was named “Bioscience Researcher of the Year” at the third-annual Excellence in Bioscience Awards Dinner, held recently and sponsored by the Arizona BioIndustry Association. Curtiss is a leader in exploring the genetic basis by which bacteria colonize, invade and induce disease. Dubbed in the press as a “70-year-old biology...

Biodesign, Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Kentucky Bioprocessing Collaborate to Develop Pharmaceuticals from Tobacco

July 1, 2007 | News

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Kentucky Bioprocessing (KBP) will collaborate on developing, refining and producing low-cost pharmaceutical products for large cost sensitive markets in global health. The initial product targets include monoclonal antibodies for use in microbicides and mucosal vaccines to prevent transmission of certain infections. The three organizations also expect to collaborate on other products. Charles Arntzen, PhD, of...

Levitus garners prestigious young investigator NSF CAREER Award

June 21, 2007 | News

The Biodesign Institute’s Marcia Levitus has been named the recipient of a $568,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award, given to a very select group of young scientists deemed to be leaders in their respective fields. With the prestigious award, Levitus will develop a finely detailed picture of how genes are controlled. “Our current understanding of how genes are turned on and off is very hazy,” said Levitus. “I believe that medicine will not be able to provide answers to how...

Biodesign Institute appoints Fisher to develop educational outreach programs

June 18, 2007 | News

Julie Kurth, Communication Manager (480) 727-9386 | julie.kurth@asu.edu   The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has hired Richard D. Fisher, MA, MEd, as director of educational outreach. He will design and implement a comprehensive local, state and national public and K-12 outreach program and assist in the institute’s undergraduate training programs. “Preparing the next generation of scientists is an important goal for the Biodesign Institute. Rick has a proven...

Scientific Pioneer Named to Biodesign Institute Advisory Board

June 17, 2007 | News

Julie Kurth, Communication Manager (480) 727-9386 | julie.kurth@asu.edu The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University recently named acclaimed cell biologist James E. Rothman, PhD, to its advisory board. Rothman is a professor of physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia University, director and founder of Columbia’s Center for Chemical Biology, and chief scientific advisor and senior advisor for biomedical research at GE Global Research. Known for his pioneer work on cellular...

Grant targets math, science teaching

June 13, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu An innovative ASU program that helps high school math and science teachers excel in teaching will receive $525,000 from the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz). SFAz funding goes largely to stipends that allow teachers to be immersed in cutting-edge research at ASU, and to develop related activities for use in their own classrooms. The grant is part of SFAz’s Student and Teacher...

Emerging bioanalytical technology addresses global health challenge

June 3, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu An ASU research team’s work is highlighted on the cover of the May 2007 issue of The Analyst, an international journal that reports on new analytical and bioanalytical techniques. The edition’s featured article, authored by the group led by Antonio Garcia and Joseph Wang, details progress toward solving a bioanalytical problem identified by the American Association for the...

A new wrinkle in evolution: Man-made proteins

May 22, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   Nature, through the trial and error of evolution, has discovered a vast diversity of life from what can only presumed to have been a primordial pool of building blocks. Inspired by this success, a new Biodesign Institute research team, led by John Chaput, is now trying to mimic the process of Darwinian evolution in the laboratory by evolving new proteins from scratch. Using...

Getting to the core of an emergent public health threat

May 13, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 was a loud wake-up call for researchers studying infectious diseases. SARS infected over 8,000 people, killed 10 percent of those infected, and weakened most with pneumonia. “The SARS outbreak was a strong reminder that new viruses can emerge, and whether new or old, pathogens can cause not only significant disease and...

Biodesign Institute appoints seasoned finance professional to lead operations

May 3, 2007 | News

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has announced Jeffrey Darbut, MBA, as director of finance and operations. Darbut brings 30 years of business experience and financial acumen to the institute. Darbut will oversee many aspects of the Biodesign Institute’s operations, including finance, human resources, facilities, security and health and...