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ASU students chosen to present at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

June 14, 2017 | News

A team of students from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has been selected as a finalist to present at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The Biodesign Challenge (BDC) is an international university competition that partners college students with scientists to envision new ways to harness living systems and biotechnology. ASU’s team was chosen as a representative to compete with 22 universities from seven countries around...

New book explores cancer’s pervasive mysteries

June 12, 2017 | News

Evolution is a propulsive force, working incessantly to reshape life on earth, from the lowliest single-celled organisms to the planet’s vast forests, insect and bird populations, oceanic life and diverse mammalian species. Like all living things, cancer cells are also subject to the stringent dictates of evolution. Indeed, cancer has proven to be among the most adept players in Nature’s ceaseless game. Evolution is the reason humans and other life forms are vulnerable to cancer and why...

Women in philanthropy expands Biodesign cancer research support

June 7, 2017 | News

New grants from Women & Philanthropy, a philanthropic program of the ASU Foundation, will distribute $250,000 to support three initiatives that span innovative cancer research and a unique prisoner education program at ASU.  With the awards, the Women & Philanthropy program will continue its support of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, where researchers are combatting disease and improving health in myriad ways—including two new promising cancer therapy studies. “Cancer kills...

ASU engineer working to develop disposable point-of-care sensor

June 5, 2017 | Press Release

As an electrical engineer, Associate Professor Jennifer Blain Christen has spent a good portion of her career dabbling in different fields. Her enthusiasm for exploring new and different ways of applying electrical engineering earned her the funding to leverage her expertise to create an innovative new diagnostic tool. The project aims to develop a disposable, point-of-care biosensor for rapid diagnosis and health monitoring, supported by a four-year, $1.8 million Smart and Connected...

Desert oceanographer explores tiniest of ocean plants as nature’s carbon “pumps”

June 5, 2017 | Press Release

While millions of travelers will frolic on the beach during their summer vacations, most are blissfully unaware of the billions of microscopic plants making ocean life---and our lives---possible. These microscopic creatures, known as phytoplankton ---not only help support the ocean’s food chain---but also act as a vital carbon sink to buffer the oceans during eras of climate change. This has long fascinated ASU oceanographer Susanne Neuer, Ph.D., who wants to further explore how these...

Dramatic shift in gut microbes and their metabolites seen after weight loss surgery

May 26, 2017 | Press Release

Obesity, already a global epidemic, is on the rise. Over one third of the U.S. population is currently afflicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the monetary costs alone are approaching $150 billion dollars annually. Causes of the epidemic include changing diets and greater sedentism, though environmental factors may also contribute. A new study compares the two most common surgical therapies for obesity, known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and laparoscopic adjustable...

Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance hosts first conference

May 19, 2017 | News

As agribusiness grows to feed an increasing global population, so do concerns about the sustainability of current agricultural practices. The use of phosphorus in big agriculture is one such practice which has come under the microscope of sustainability experts. The element is a common ingredient in plant fertilizer and animal feed and is an essential building block for life, however, an overabundance of phosphorus can leak toxins into the environment. Researchers have long been aware...

Research opens the door to improved drugs for Type II diabetes

May 17, 2017 | Press Release

Type 2 diabetes, a prolific killer, is on a steep ascent. According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of the condition has grown dramatically from 108 million cases in 1980 to well over 400 million today. The complex disease occurs when the body’s delicate regulation of glucose, a critical metabolite, is disrupted, creating a condition of elevated blood sugar known hyperglycemia. Over time, the condition can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. In a new...

Is the world ready for another Ebola outbreak?

May 17, 2017 | News

A new Ebola outbreak in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has some public health officials on guard for larger outbreaks to come, but Arizona State University’s Charles Arntzen, who played a crucial role in development of the Ebola therapeutic drug called ZMapp, says the current outbreak is small and there are a number of fledgling drugs that can be used to fight it and vaccinate the people in local areas. Q:  What do you know about the current Ebola outbreak in the...

ASU postdoc awarded Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - NASA joint fellowship to study International Space Station microbes

May 16, 2017 | News

Arizona State University has received new support from the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NASA for its rising research stars to study the microbiome of the built environment on board the International Space Station (ISS).  ASU Biodesign Institute postdoctoral researcher Jiseon Yang was just one of five scientists chosen from across the country for a fellowship award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under a joint call with NASA – “Microbes of the Built Environment...