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An ocean of possibility

January 9, 2018 | News

ASU researcher Rolf Halden gives Charlie Rolsky a chance to make a difference — and he pays it forward, helps others find their way Charlie Rolsky seems to be everywhere you look on campus. Tossing carne asada on a fire on a desert camping trip with biology students. Participating in an interpretive dance performance in the Biodesign Institute. Selling biology-inspired T-shirts for charity. With tattooed sleeves, the beard of a Sumerian general and a passion for the now, he tends to...

New study explores origin of obesity

January 9, 2018 | Press Release

More than almost any other medical hazard, obesity holds widespread consequences for human health. The condition sharply raises the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer, gall bladder dysfunction, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome… and the list goes on. Recent research highlights the fact that obesity can have its roots in infancy and early childhood, with the results persisting into adulthood, underscoring the need for aggressive intervention at...

Banner Research and ASU’s Biodesign Institute announce neuroscience scholars summer program

January 8, 2018 | Press Release

If understanding the inner workings of the brain is on your mind, now is the time to explore the Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars program. Top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students are eligible to apply for the paid eight-week scholars program, from now until March 1. Students selected for the program will work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research...

Evolution and Cancer take center stage at ISEEC conference

January 8, 2018 | News

  Evolution is the creative force shaping all earthly life. It is also the reason why all multicellular life is susceptible to cancer. The processes of evolution are the fuel behind the interplay of malignant cells with the bodies they attack. From Dec 7-10th, researchers attended ISEEC 2017, the conference of the International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer, held on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The conference, which is held every other year, drew a highly...

New $6.4M grant to test a preventive cancer vaccine in a dog clinical trial

January 3, 2018 | News

The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a multi-year grant of $6,421,402 to Stephen Albert Johnston at Arizona State University to support the largest interventional canine clinical trial ever conducted. The trial will assess the effectiveness of a unique vaccine in preventing any type of cancer in dogs.  The trial will enroll at least 800 owners’ pets to test the efficacy of a novel vaccine to prevent cancer. “Our goal has always been, that if this is possible, we should at least...

Chinese partners bring strong potential to advance research at Biodesign Institute

January 3, 2018 | News

ASU’s approach toward global research engagement addresses some of the most pressing problems facing us in health today—including global pandemics and a growing cancer incidence in the developing world—that are tied to issues that require multiple, transnational partners to come up with solutions more rapidly. Recently, ASU Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer led a delegation to visit key Chinese partners to further explore new research possibilities. The stops...

Scientists explore mysteries behind diversity of DNA composition among species

January 2, 2018 | News

To make the iconic, twisted double helix that accounts for the diversity of life, DNA rules specify that G always pairs with C, and A with T. But, when it’s all added up, the amount of G+C vs A+T content among species is not a simple fixed percentage or, standard one-to-one ratio. For example, within single-celled organisms, the amount of G+C content can vary from 72 percent in a bacteria like Streptomyces coelicolor while the protozoan parasite that causes malaria, Plasmondium falciparum,...

Graduate from microbiology PhD program launches career in immunology

December 22, 2017 | News

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. Constant discovery and innovation. That’s how Louis Schoettle describes why he chose to study immunology as part of Arizona State University’s microbiology PhD program from the School of Life Sciences, even though when he started his graduate career, he wondered whether he could take on such a difficult field. He also wondered whether working across multiple laboratories to...

ASU moves up in National Science Foundation research rankings

December 20, 2017 | News

University ranks 9th in US for research expenditures for institutions of higher education without medical school   Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures for institutions of higher education without a medical school, up one spot from last year, in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development rankings. The NSF’s HERD rankings are the leading source of information about research and...

Army veteran unlocks secrets of photosynthesis as ASU graduate

December 20, 2017 | News

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. Army veteran Christopher Gisriel, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and is now graduating with a doctorate in biochemistry from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, really excels in research. After graduating from high school in northern Virginia (though Baltimore is his hometown), Gisriel was urged by his parents to join a military service....