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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...

Biodesign researchers land coveted Hering Medal

February 15, 2021 | News

Researchers at the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (BSCEB) and their colleagues have been awarded the 2021 Rudolph Hering Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The prestigious award recognizes the best paper of the preceding year from the Journal of Environmental Engineering.  The research selected for the Hering Medal describes new approaches to one of the thornier issues surrounding the environmental contamination; how to rid ecosystems of a...

ASU researchers unraveling protein structure to understand and fight disease

February 12, 2021 | News

Proteins are one of the major building blocks of life, and they carry out many chemical reactions related to life. This includes how the body interacts with disease-causing agents. Understanding and treating diseases requires scientists to determine the structures and shapes of proteins involved in these interactions.  Three-dimensional computer modeling and electron microscopy are two of the tools scientists are currently using to help learn more about these proteins. To spur...

AAAS lecture: microbes and autism

February 7, 2021 | News

Monday, February 8, 2021 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM MST Microbiota Transfer Therapy for Autism: Multi-Omic Approaches and Lessons Learned During every instant of life, over a hundred trillion microbes, collectively known as the microbiome, reside on skin surfaces and course through the human body. In the human gut, vast colonies of bacteria, belonging to around 1000 different species, carry out duties ranging from the digestion of food and the management of body weight to effects on the brain...

ASU hosts AAAS annual meeting Feb. 8-11

February 2, 2021 | News

Arizona State University is proud to host this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, the world’s largest general scientific gathering, Feb. 8–11. This year’s virtual meeting is the first ever to offer dozens of free, public events. These include a plenary session on COVID-19 in 2021 presented by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and another on the future of competitiveness with Sethuraman...

ASU’s unsung heroes

January 25, 2021 | News

Workers on one of the front lines of the pandemic keep ASU's campuses safe and running Everything the rest of us have tried to avoid for the past nine months – public spaces, oft-touched surfaces, contact with crowds – they have had to embrace. They’re on one of the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. Every day since the pandemic hit, they have stepped up to keep Arizona State University's campuses running. They come in the form of custodians, groundskeepers, bus drivers, sign...

Message in a bottle: Info-rich bubbles respond to antibiotics

January 20, 2021 | News

Once regarded as merely cast-off waste products of cellular life, bacterial membrane vesicles (MVs) have since become an exciting new avenue of research, due to the wealth of biological information they carry to other bacteria as well as other cell types. These tiny particles, produced by most bacteria, can bud off from outer cellular membranes, travelling along cell surfaces and occasionally migrating into intercellular spaces. In a new study, Luis H. Cisneros and his colleagues describe...

A dose of facts: answering your COVID-19 vaccine questions

January 20, 2021 | News

With three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States and more in development, vaccination efforts are well underway worldwide.  The speed with which Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson developed their vaccines, coupled with the internet’s ability to spread rumors more quickly than the coronavirus itself, means many people have questions about how the vaccines work and how safe and effective they are. We asked experts from Arizona...