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Calling all Deadheads: ASU hosts Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting

October 10, 2018 | News

We see it in movies, TV shows and books, but we rarely see it in science – the zombie apocalypse may be nearer than we think, and an ASU-hosted event intends to address that. On Oct. 18-21, ASU will host the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting, an interdisciplinary gathering blending the arts and sciences to address the provocative, ever-engaging topic of zombies. According to the website, a zombie is defined as “an entity that is fully or partially under control of another entity,” a...

ASU research graces cover of ACS journal

October 5, 2018 | News

Publishing a high-impact scientific article is a significant achievement for researchers. Being featured on the journal cover is even better. A new study outlines advances in the field of catalysis research, with broad applications for innovative energy technology. Gary Moore, an assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and a researcher with the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, and his team won the coveted honor when their research article,...

Of science fiction and salamanders New tools for tissue regeneration

October 4, 2018 | News

Scientists have been searching for ways to develop materials that are as dynamic as living things, with the ability to change shape, move and change properties reversibly. Now, with nature as their inspiration, Northwestern University scientists, along with Arizona State University’s Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, have developed soft materials that autonomously self-assemble into molecular superstructures...

ASU brings home two Emmys

October 3, 2018 | News

“By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have life.” It’s a powerful opening statement, delivered by Charles Rolsky in the initial sequence of the award-winning commercial “Oceans.” The minute-long segment was produced for Arizona State University and directed by Josh Soskin. At the 2018 regional Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, held Sept. 22, it won the category of “Commercial - Single Spot.” A second Emmy went to the...

Two ASU professors receive 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

October 2, 2018 | News

“No. 1 in innovation” is an accolade ASU proclaims proudly in all realms of university life. Today, ASU proved once again that it is deserving of such a title.      ASU professors, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, and Rizal Hariadi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, both researchers in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, were announced as the recipients of the 2018 NIH New Innovator...

First experiments at Europe's new X-ray laser reveal structure of antibiotic-disabling enzyme

October 2, 2018 | News

International collaboration obtains the first scientific results from European XFEL An international collaboration led by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron or DESY, with participation from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the Department of Physics and the School of Molecular Sciences, has announced the results of the first scientific experiments at Europe's new X-ray free-electron laser, European XFEL. Over 120 international...

Escape from the lab! Six promising biotech start-up companies profiled at all-day symposium

October 1, 2018 | News

  ASU’s many laboratories are seedbeds for an astonishing variety of new ideas. But the path from basic research to real-world applications can be complex, perilous and sometimes, bewildering. Recently, an all-day seminar, hosted at the Biodesign Institute, explored an array of promising research that has escaped the confines of the lab. New spinout companies, based on pathbreaking research, are bringing exciting innovations in the life sciences to market. The gathering was...

Science at the forefront at Biodesign C grand opening

September 18, 2018 | News

The mission of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University started with the desire to replicate a single blade of grass. That’s what President Michael Crow told a crowd of about 450 researchers, faculty, staff, students, city and state education officials and members of the public gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of Biodesign C, the third of four facilities planned to accommodate the institute’s cutting-edge research efforts. Crow referred to the accomplished...

Biotech journal features researchers’ work two months in a row

September 12, 2018 | News

One of researchers’ main prerogatives is to receive recognition for their work in high-caliber journals – to be featured on the cover of a journal is an accolade that is highly sought after, but rarely received. To be featured on not just one cover but two covers is rare. Biodesign researchers managed to pull it off. Back-to-back discoveries by Biodesign research scientist Chen Zhou and his team graced the covers of the July and August issues of "Biotechnology and Bioengineering," a...

Farewell flat biology – tackling infectious disease using 3-D tissue engineering

September 10, 2018 | News

In a new invited review article, ASU Biodesign microbiologists and tissue engineers Cheryl Nickerson, Jennifer Barrila and colleagues discuss the development and application of three-dimensional (3-D) tissue culture models as they pertain to infectious disease. They describe these models as predictive pre-clinical platforms to study host-pathogen interactions, infectious disease mechanisms, and antimicrobial drug development.   The review, entitled “Modeling Host-Pathogen...