Hao Yan receives 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize

December 15, 2020 | News

Hao Yan, director of the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at Arizona State University has been awarded the 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize. The coveted award, named in honor of visionary physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman, is given annually for outstanding contributions to nanoscience in two research categories: experimental and theoretical. This year’s award for experimental research recognizes Professor Yan’s significant contributions to the...

New and unexplored dimension in the study of protein-protein interactions

December 10, 2020 | News

Many proteins are required to maintain the structure, and to preserve the genetic integrity, of DNA. Sliding clamps are proteins that increase the efficiency of DNA replication. Without these proteins, cells would not be able to carry out continuous DNA synthesis, and organisms, from bacteria to humans, would not survive. Sliding clamps are ring-shaped proteins that encircle DNA and bind to the DNA polymerase, the enzyme that performs the actual DNA replication. They effectively organize and...

New recruit John McCutcheon elected as AAAS Fellow

December 4, 2020 | News

Five outstanding Arizona State University faculty spanning the physical sciences, psychological sciences and science policy have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). ASU’s Leah Gerber, Andrew Maynard, Steven Neuberg, Ying-Cheng Lai and John McCutcheon are being honored for their career contributions to science, innovation or socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. The AAAS, publisher of the journal...

ASU professor awarded top research prize by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

December 1, 2020 | News

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the prestigious Gregori Aminoff Crystallography Prize, one of the physics research community’s highest honors, to Arizona State University Regents Professor John Spence. Spence is an associate faculty member of the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery. Spence and his colleagues Janos Hajdu from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Henry Chapman from Hamburg University and DESY laboratory in Germany, received the award in honor of...

What kind of COVID-19 test do I need and where can I get it?

November 30, 2020 | News

  Variety of testing methods add to arsenal against spread of deadly coronavirus A second wave of COVID-19 is rising in Arizona and across the U.S., causing exponential growth of new infections along with an increasing number of people hospitalized with the disease. Arizona is close to being in the same situation it was in during the summer — hospital beds and ICUs filling up and medical staff stretched thin. With holiday gatherings, it’s likely to get even worse. Wear...

Microbial remedies target chemical threats in the environment

November 16, 2020 | News

Across America, hazardous waste sites pose an ongoing threat to human and environmental health. The most severe cases are known as Superfund sites, of which over a thousand currently exist. Some 50 million Americans live within three miles of one of these zones, potentially placing them at increased risk for cancer and other serious diseases. While decontamination of such sites is a public health priority, the technical challenges are daunting.  Of particular concern are a pair of...

Managing the microbiome raises new hope for autism

November 12, 2020 | News

According to the Centers for Disease Research, 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, and the number has been rising. The disease causes perplexing, lifelong developmental disabilities, which usually arise during early childhood and affect social skills, communication, personal relationships, and self-control. In new research appearing in the journal mSphere, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, James Adams and their colleagues highlight the crucial importance of...

State recognizes ASU Biodesign Institute’s response to COVID-19 with Innovator of the Year Award

November 12, 2020 | News

Since the rise of COVID-19 in our state last spring, the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute has worked tirelessly to respond, in particular by providing rapid public testing for the virus and by developing a less invasive saliva-based test. As of mid-November, the ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory has processed over 255,000 tests. Last Wednesday, Arizona’s leaders recognized these efforts by awarding the Biodesign Institute with the Innovator of the Year Award in the...

Criss-crossing viruses give rise to peculiar hybrid variants

October 29, 2020 | News

For millions of years, viruses have participated in a far-flung, import-export business, exchanging fragments of themselves with both viral and non-viral agents and acquiring new features.  What these tiny entities lack in outward complexity, they make up for with their astonishing abilities to swap out modular genomic components and ceaselessly reinvent themselves. In new research appearing in the journal mBio, Arvind Varsani and his colleagues investigate a recently discovered class...

ASU ignites discovery to conquer COVID-19: the first six months

October 23, 2020 | News

In early 2020, hundreds of ASU researchers, faculty, staff and students mobilized at breakneck speed to apply their skills, tools and expertise to a singular goal: stopping the deadly coronavirus and helping humanity recover from its destruction. We’ve captured their major developments over the first six months in a digital flipbook.