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Women caught in a pickle by their own immune systems

June 18, 2019 | News

Women get autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, eight times more than men do. On the other hand, women have a smaller risk of getting nonreproductive cancers such as melanoma and colon, kidney and lung cancer. And while there are some exciting developments in cancer treatments, such as immunotherapies, research is showing that women are responding more favorably than men to this type of intervention.  So why is there such a big difference...

NASA and Biodesign scientists team up to protect astronauts’ health

June 17, 2019 | News

  Funding a safer future in space A Biodesign research group has received a three-year, $2.3 million grant from NASA to study and characterize the risks posed by microorganisms to the health of astronauts. Cheryl Nickerson, of the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics and professor at ASU’s School of Life Sciences will be leading the ASU team. Nickerson, a 20 year veteran in the field of infectious disease in microgravity environments, has...

Shelley Haydel teaches a smarter way to battle bacteria

June 13, 2019 | News

  Arizona State University Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy researcher, Shelley Haydel is newly featured in Ask a Biologist. Shelley Haydel, a Louisiana native, has devoted her wide-ranging career to studying the mechanisms used by bacterial microbes to cause disease. Her early research was carried out within the Louisiana Center for Public Health before she went on to earn a doctorate in Microbiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In...

Wellbeing Commons symposium highlights the work of the state’s most prominent researchers in virology, immunology, microbiology and infectious disease

June 11, 2019 | News

Arizona State University prides itself on an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to solving some of the world’s most prominent problems. Led by Joshua LaBaer, the executive director of the Biodesign Institute and center director for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, Arizona Wellbeing Commons (AWC) similarly emphasizes the importance of collaboration by bringing together scientists, doctors, and other partners to better human health. The key to...

Pervasive polymers of the deep blue sea

June 6, 2019 | News

Clean is not necessarily green ”It all comes out in the wash,” is proving to be a more accurate phrase than previously realized, and it may not be good news. It seems that our cleaning habits are a major contributor to the growing problem of synthetic tidbits in our oceans. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware that we are part of the problem.  Researchers at Arizona State University are finding a particularly pervasive problem with the microplastics that originate from human...

OncoMyx Therapeutics invests in bringing cancer treatments to market

June 6, 2019 | News

OncoMyx Therapeutics, the latest biotech spinout company from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, announced today it has raised $25 million in new funding to help commercialize an innovative, viral-based therapy for the treatment of cancer. The announcement marks a major business development milestone for OncoMyx founder, research advisor, and ASU Biodesign scientist Grant McFadden, a pioneer in a new field called oncolytic virotherapy that can successfully program a virus...

ASU jumps to top 10 in global patent rankings

June 5, 2019 | News

Arizona State University has moved into the top 10 of all universities worldwide for U.S. patents awarded in 2018. The university jumped to 10th place from 17th in 2017, according to a new report by the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  ASU tied with the University of Michigan for the No. 10 spot on the list. Other universities listed in the top 10 include the University of California, Stanford University, MIT and the...

Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

May 30, 2019 | News

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated one in 59 people in the United States, causing a variety of difficulties with social communication and repetitive behavior. Many factors, including genetic and environmental effects, are believed to influence symptoms, and there are no approved treatments. Now, using mouse models, Caltech researchers have discovered that gut bacteria directly contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice. An article published today in The Economist, “More...

ASU team throws new light on photosynthetic supercomplex structure

May 28, 2019 | News

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, by determining the structure of a very large photosynthetic supercomplex. This important discovery is laid out in their paper published today in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. The paper is titled "The structure of the stress induced photosystem I - IsiA antenna supercomplex." "Supercomplexes are associations between antennae proteins and...

ASU professor named to Fast Company’s 'Most Creative People in Business 2019'

May 22, 2019 | News

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researcher Hao Yan has been named to Fast Company’s list of “Most Creative People in Business 2019” for his work using nanobots to fight cancerous tumors by choking off their blood supply. Fast Company recognized Yan’s work using nanorobots to treat cancer at the molecular level. A pioneer in the field of DNA origami, Yan and his team in the  Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics  draw their inspiration from...