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Arizona Wellbeing Commons finds answers for COVID-19, hope for future

October 14, 2020 | News

After battling on the front lines of the global coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year, Arizona’s health care community paused last Friday to evaluate what we’ve learned about COVID-19, what challenges are yet to come and how best to work together for greater success. Over 300 health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and others gathered virtually for the fourth annual Arizona Wellbeing Commons event, which focused on the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona Wellbeing Commons brings...

Tiny pumping stations play outsized role in cellular health and disease

October 12, 2020 | News

In order to carry out their astonishingly varied tasks, living cells make use of a range of micro-machines. One of the most crucial of these— known vacuolar ATPase or V-ATPase—is responsible for ferrying protons into cellular compartments or organelles. Without it, cells could not survive. Once set in motion, this natural motor—ensconced in the cell organelle’s fatty outer membrane—spins like a helicopter blade at 100 times per second, sweeping in protons from outside the...

Rapid testing to the rescue

October 7, 2020 | News

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, researchers at the Biodesign Institute leapt into action Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2020 issue of ASU Thrive magazine.  On the morning of March 11, clinicians at the Arizona Department of Health Services reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, and Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency.  Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, was in his...

New techniques probe vital and elusive proteins

October 6, 2020 | News

The number of proteins in the human body, collectively known as the proteome, is vast. Somewhere between 80,000 and 400,000 proteins circulate in our cells, tissues and organs, carrying out a broad range of duties essential for life. When proteins go awry, they are responsible for a myriad of serious diseases. Now, researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences, along with their colleagues, investigate a critically important...

Holloway honored as a rising star in chemical engineering

October 5, 2020 | News

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers honored Julianne Holloway with a 35 Under 35 Award. Holloway, an associate faculty member in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, is being recognized for outstanding achievements as one of the best and brightest young professionals in her field. AIChE’s 35 Under 35 Award is given to rising stars in seven categories, and she was chosen for her contributions to bioengineering.  Holloway and her research group focus...

Biodesign, on a research roll, announces new centers, state-of-the-art X-ray lab

September 28, 2020 | News

The Biodesign Institute at ASU significantly expands its scientific enterprise, announcing three new centers/labs to advance explorations in the fields of microbiomics, green chemistry and pioneering compact X-ray science. With the new additions poised to begin operations, Biodesign continues its aggressive effort to probe exciting new domains, pursuing research to address human health, safeguard the environment, improve daily life and advance basic scientific understanding in diverse...

ASU professor receives prestigious award for mentoring, interdisciplinary research

September 24, 2020 | News

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State University professor and researcher, has been awarded the 2021 D.C. White Award by the American Society for Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 30,000 scientists and health practitioners. The award recognizes distinguished accomplishments in both interdisciplinary research and mentoring. It was created in honor of David C. White,...

Edson seed grants advance innovative dementia solutions

September 24, 2020 | News

Over $300,000 from The Charlene and J. Orin Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions was awarded to three Arizona State University research teams for innovative research projects. The funding comes from a portion of Charlene and J. Orin Edson’s $50 million gift to ASU for dementia research and education initiatives.  The Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions aims to revolutionize care for individuals suffering from neurological disease and their caregivers. The...

Mining molecular data with cryo-EM unveils hidden biological secrets

September 21, 2020 | News

The field of structural biology has made enormous strides, peering into the activities of nature at the tiniest scale. Such investigations are critical for charting the behavior of important macromolecules and understanding their essential role in living organisms. Researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences have taken a new approach to studying molecules of life, examining not only their static structures...

Technique permits convenient, precise optical imaging of individual proteins

September 21, 2020 | News

Often considered the workhorses of the body, proteins are among the most important biomolecules critical to life processes. They provide structural foundation for cells and tissues and perform a dizzying array of tasks, from metabolizing energy and helping cells communicate with one another to defending the body from pathogens and guiding cell division and growth. Because protein dysfunction is implicated in so many serious diseases, proteins are the primary targets for most therapeutic...