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Chinese partners bring strong potential to advance research at Biodesign Institute

January 3, 2018 | News

ASU’s approach toward global research engagement addresses some of the most pressing problems facing us in health today—including global pandemics and a growing cancer incidence in the developing world—that are tied to issues that require multiple, transnational partners to come up with solutions more rapidly. Recently, ASU Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer led a delegation to visit key Chinese partners to further explore new research possibilities. The stops...

Scientists explore mysteries behind diversity of DNA composition among species

January 2, 2018 | News

To make the iconic, twisted double helix that accounts for the diversity of life, DNA rules specify that G always pairs with C, and A with T. But, when it’s all added up, the amount of G+C vs A+T content among species is not a simple fixed percentage or, standard one-to-one ratio. For example, within single-celled organisms, the amount of G+C content can vary from 72 percent in a bacteria like Streptomyces coelicolor while the protozoan parasite that causes malaria, Plasmondium falciparum,...

Graduate from microbiology PhD program launches career in immunology

December 22, 2017 | News

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. Constant discovery and innovation. That’s how Louis Schoettle describes why he chose to study immunology as part of Arizona State University’s microbiology PhD program from the School of Life Sciences, even though when he started his graduate career, he wondered whether he could take on such a difficult field. He also wondered whether working across multiple laboratories to...

ASU moves up in National Science Foundation research rankings

December 20, 2017 | News

University ranks 9th in US for research expenditures for institutions of higher education without medical school   Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures for institutions of higher education without a medical school, up one spot from last year, in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development rankings. The NSF’s HERD rankings are the leading source of information about research and...

Army veteran unlocks secrets of photosynthesis as ASU graduate

December 20, 2017 | News

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. Army veteran Christopher Gisriel, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and is now graduating with a doctorate in biochemistry from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, really excels in research. After graduating from high school in northern Virginia (though Baltimore is his hometown), Gisriel was urged by his parents to join a military service....

Mayo Clinic, ASU collaborate to seed and accelerate research

December 18, 2017 | News

In Silicon Valley, investors flock to back potentially disruptive new technology and apps — even if they are still in development. But the funding landscape is a little different for health research. Although novel ideas have great potential to radically improve health care and medicine, funding agencies usually choose to fund well-established research. This can be a barrier for researchers with new ideas. Together, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic are addressing this challenge and...

Sugar-coated world

December 18, 2017 | News

Sugar-coated world Glycans are essential to virtually every biological process in the body. These complex structures—composed of interlocking sugar molecules—adorn the surfaces of cells in fuzzy profusion. Glycans are a crucial part of a cell’s identity, helping it communicate with other cells and with the external environment. Glycans are also known to play a vital role in cancer, autoimmune disease and countless other afflictions. Despite their ubiquity and importance, glycans...

Sneak peek inside ASU's Biodesign C expansion under construction

December 15, 2017 | News

Biodesign C, the $120 million building expansion of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, continues to rise along Rural Road at ASU’s Tempe campus. Much of the building is now in place ahead of an April 2018 completion date. Biodesign staff recently toured the construction site for a sneak peek at the progress, and the project architects explained the building’s layout, infrastructure and appearance at a seminar in November. It is the third building at ASU’s 14-acre...

ASU scientists develop new, rapid pipeline for antimicrobials

December 14, 2017 | Press Release

High-throughput technology can go from idea to discovery to stockpiling 1,000 doses within a week With hospitals more often reaching for antibiotics of last resort to fight infections and recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks crossing borders like never before, the worldwide scientific community has been challenged with developing new antimicrobials to safeguard the population.   The research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency, or...

Spaghetti-like, DNA “noodle origami” the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology

December 14, 2017 | Press Release

May one day revolutionize medicine by making and delivering drugs inside cells For the past few decades, scientists have been inspired by the molecule of life, DNA, as the shape of things to come for nanotechnology. This burgeoning field is called DNA origami. Scientists borrowed its moniker from the paper artists who conjure up birds, flowers and planes from imaginatively folding a single sheet of paper. Similarly, DNA origami scientists are dreaming up a variety of shapes ---at a...