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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...

Bacteria visualized with remarkable clarity thanks to new technique

July 10, 2020 | News

An escalating arms race between disease-causing bacteria and the antibiotic weapons humans have designed to fight them, continues. Disturbingly, pathogenic microbes are often outwitting our best efforts, developing resistance to many mainline antibiotics. Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics in medicine and agriculture is driving bacterial resistance to these life-saving tools. In a new study, researchers at the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors outline an innovative means...

Biodesign Institute appoints director for new Biodesign Europe

July 7, 2020 | Press Release

In 2013, Arizona State University and Dublin City University signed a Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership, building on this history of collaboration and leveraging our complementary skills and cultural differences. The partnership provides students and researchers with unique education and research experiences while making a positive impact on communities in Arizona and Ireland.  In the research sphere, the ASU Biodesign Institute is a world-renowned research center that develops...