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Biodesign’s “Penguin Whisperer” kicks off “A Sip of Science” series

February 9, 2018 | News

ASU’s own “Penguin Whisperer” kicked off the Biodesign Institute’s new event series, “A Sip of Science,” Thursday night at the George and Dragon restaurant in central Phoenix. Dressed for the occasion in a penguin suit, molecular virologist Arvind Varsani entertained the crowd of over 40 people with stories about penguins, viruses and life as a researcher working in Antarctica. “What do you call a penguin in the desert?” Varsani joked. “A lost penguin!” Varsani is an...

Old drug may have new tricks for fighting cancer

February 4, 2018 | Press Release

In recent years, a powerful suite of drugs known as kinase inhibitors have been developed to treat cancer and other diseases. Primary targets of such drugs include a family of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) which protrude from cell surfaces like antennae and can activate cancer-related pathways in virtually all types of cancer when signaling molecules bind with them. In a new study, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute used an innovative method to screen a broad...

Josh LaBaer appears on PBS's Arizona Horizon to launch "A Sip of Science"

February 1, 2018 | News

Josh LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, appeared on Arizona Horizon Wednesday night to launch “A Sip of Science.” Watch the interview with Ted Simons on Arizona PBS above. “A Sip of Science” is a program that invites you to join in casual conversation at local restaurants with notable researchers and scientists. Join us to learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. “A Sip of Science” talks will...

Energy storehouses in the brain may be source of Alzheimer’s, targets of new therapy

January 23, 2018 | News

Alzheimer’s disease, a severely debilitating and ultimately fatal brain disorder, affects millions worldwide. To date, clinical efforts to find a cure or adequate treatment have met with dispiriting failure. The disease is now on an ominous course of expansion, due in part to an aging population, and is poised to become a global health emergency. The enigmatic ailment—first described over 100 years ago—remains the only leading killer without effective treatment, prevention or...

ASU research project to tackle a nuclear emergency moves to product development phase

January 17, 2018 | Media Coverage

Editor's note: The following article is an excerpt from a Genomeweb news feature When a false alarm warning of an impending nuclear missile launch recently panicked Hawaiians, it raised bigger questions on U.S. emergency preparedness. ASU has been at the research forefront with a multi-million, multi-year project aimed at helping to triage a population in the event of a nuclear emergency. Recently, GenomeWeb updated its readers on the progress of Project Bioshield, funded by the...

New power in ASU research computing

January 12, 2018 | News

ASU provides high-performance supercomputing capability to faculty To meet the world of big data and ask big questions, Arizona State University just added a powerful new research computing capability. The service will be accessible from any computer. Faculty will be entitled to 25,000 free computing hours monthly per researcher, with additional hours available for a fee. The service is open to all researchers, including staff and students. If postdoctoral researchers are sponsored by a...

ASU alumna uses her love of science to improve the lives of patients

January 11, 2018 | News

A research project, personal experience or academic course often drives students into a particular field of study. For Arizona State University alumna Teresa Brandt, it was her inherent curiosity that led her to study molecular and cellular biology. “I’m very curious and this field has allowed me to explore my curiosity in science,” Brandt said. “Exploring science and being a role model for my family and my kids in doing a job that’s meaningful and rewarding drives me to stay in...

ASU launches inaugural Lab Safety Innovation Award

January 11, 2018 | News

The Laboratory Safety Committee will issue awards for safe research practices After receiving his doctorate in microbiology in the 1980s, Mitch Magee, now a researcher in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, began studying tuberculosis (TB) in a lab on the East Coast. Because TB is a highly infectious, airborne disease, the lab purchased a centrifuge tool with a special lid to keep the bacteria from getting in the air. “We were smart. We knew what we were...

Biodesign News 2017 Year in Review

January 9, 2018 | News

2017 was a busy year for the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, full of significant discoveries, new research initiatives, and community outreach. As we get ready for major growth in 2018, look back at some of our biggest accomplishments in 2017:  

Biodesign Institute Introduces "A Sip of Science"

January 9, 2018 | News

World-renowned researchers and science aficionados converge at Valley restaurants On February 8, Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute launches a new outreach program that invites the general public to mingle with notable scientists and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. The “A Sip of Science” talks will take place at six venues from February 8 through May 8, where guests will have the opportunity to meet with biologists,...