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Nimble ASU events crew supports dozens of COVID-19 saliva-testing sites

August 28, 2020 | News

Adaptable team brings hope to Arizonans during pandemic As the COVID-19 pandemic began to make a stronghold in Arizona, Arizona State University employees began fighting back — by answering urgent calls for help and, often, by taking on completely new roles. From CEO to directing site operations, from managing campus events to learning new software and training others how to use it, and from preparing for Homecoming to preparing remote sites for COVID-19 testing, ASU employees are...

Study offers new insights for sun-gathering technologies

August 24, 2020 | News

Every hour, the sun saturates the earth with more energy than humans use in a year. Harnessing some of this energy to meet global demand has become a grand challenge, with the world poised to double its energy consumption in just thirty years. In a new study, researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD) and ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences take a page from Nature’s lesson book. Inspired by the way plants and other photosynthetic organisms collect and use...

Protein structural insights chart the way to improved treatments for heart disease

August 19, 2020 | News

A team including Wei Liu, assistant professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, has published a paper today in Molecular Cell that offers promising details for improved therapeutic treatments for cardiac disease. Cardiac disease is the number one killer of people worldwide and according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it kills one person every 37 seconds in the United States. With this in...

ASU professor receives Department of Energy Career Award

August 11, 2020 | News

Gary F. Moore, assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and scientist in the ASU Biodesign Institute Center for Applied Structural Discovery, was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program.  The 2020 DOE Early Career Award is highly competitive, with 76 recipients from across the nation, including 50 from universities. University-based recipients receive at least $750,000 over a five...

Dragon DNA: sequencing the genome of the rare tuatara

August 5, 2020 | News

New Zealand is home to an astonishingly rich web of life, with many indigenous plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth. Even amid such exceptional biodiversity, however, the tuatara stands out as one of the most remarkable of New Zealand’s creatures. Tuatara and related species flourished hundreds of millions of years ago, during the Mesozoic era, once inhabiting a landmass comprised of Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian...

Biodesign student receives award for medical device

July 30, 2020 | News

Graduate student Swarup Dey invented a DNA nanosensor that mimics transmembrane proteins in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics. His innovation has earned him the 2020 School of Molecular Sciences Innovation Award. “Since I began my journey in research, it has always been my dream to work on something that will leave an impact on the world," Dey said.  Established in 2019, the School of Molecular Sciences Innovation Award recognizes a graduate student, or...

Study sheds new light on mitochondrial disorders

July 29, 2020 | News

To perform myriad operations essential to life, cells require an energy source. They get it from the molecule ATP, produced through cellular respiration within specialized structures—the mitochondria. The production of ATP is a complicated process researchers are still struggling to fully grasp. Essential to the final production of ATP are a series of five respiratory complexes, collectively known as the electron transport chain. Scientists are working to ferret out the details of how...

Woodbury named CEO of Science Foundation Arizona

July 29, 2020 | News

Neal Woodbury, interim executive vice president of Arizona State University's Knowledge Enterprise and chief science and technology officer, has been named chief executive officer of Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz). SFAz is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to establish industry and university partnerships, attract world class talent and jobs to Arizona, enhance the state’s competitive standing in the global economy, and increase access to quality STEM education.  “It’s...

Undaunted: ASU Science forges ahead, despite worldwide crisis

July 27, 2020 | News

The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has affected nearly every aspect of daily life in Arizona and across the nation, putting many summer activities on pause in the midst of great uncertainly. But as ASU advances an ambitious agenda designed to keep the Sun Devil community safe this coming academic year, research at the Biodesign Institute marches forward.  Research at Biodesign is helping healthcare workers confront the spread of COVID-19, the worst public health crisis...

ADHS, ASU announce partnership to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona

July 10, 2020 | Press Release

ASU will launch program to provide free saliva-based diagnostic testing for up to 100,000 Arizonans The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University announced a new partnership Thursday that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state. The tests are by appointment only, which can be scheduled by...