Collaboration inspires innovation
Breaking boundaries with purpose
At Biodesign, we believe that our best chance of achieving success in health, sustainability and security is by working together. We purposefully blur traditional boundaries to connect physicists, microbiologists, neuroscientists, clinicians and more in order to find effective solutions inspired by nature.
Behind the research
Executive Director and Professor
Joshua LaBaer is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly expanding field of personalized diagnostics. His efforts focus on the discovery and validation of biomarkers—unique molecular fingerprints of disease—which can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses, including cancer and diabetes. Formerly founder and director of the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, LaBaer was recruited to ASU’s Biodesign Institute as the first Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine in 2009.
Steve Munk, a former pharmaceutical company executive, assists with strategic planning and execution relevant to technical and business operations associated with basic research, applied research and advanced technology development programs within the institute.
Russell Harper oversees a team of administrative support professionals that assist the Biodesign Institute research centers and faculty. He has rich experience in the operations of the Biodesign Institute and university research operations.
Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
Julie Kurth elevates awareness of the Biodesign Institute. She draws on years of experience in industry, for-profit and nonprofit public relations, marketing and communication settings to support the advancement of the scientific community’s research impact.
Director of Development
Elizabeth Muncal leads philanthropic efforts for the Biodesign Institute. Working with individuals, corporations and foundations, Muncal matches donor passions with meaningful projects to advance the mission and impact of Biodesign and ASU.
Director, Human Resources
Miranda Pratt leads the human resource team’s objectives to grow an empowered, engaged and skilled workforce. Her efforts are focused on executing effective and functional strategies aimed at attracting, engaging, growing and retaining a diverse, high-performing workforce that feels valued, included and connected.
The Internal Advisory Board for the Biodesign Institute is comprised of thought leaders and expertis within the ASU community who provide guidance in shaping the future direction of the Institute and act as Biodesign advocates i their organizations and the community in four distinct areas: Enterprise Development, Biomedical Health, Translation, and Sustainability/Security.
Executive Director, Economic Development, Knowledge Enterprise
CEO and Chief Legal Officer, Skysong Innovations
Senior Vice President, ASU Foundation\
Center Director, Biodesign Center for Immunology, Vaccines, and Virotherapy
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Engagement & Strategic Partnerships, Knowledge Enterprise
Associate Dean and Professor, School of Life Sciences
Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology
Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Director and Professor, School of Molecular Sciences
Chair and Professor, Physics Department
School Director and Professor, School of Biological and Healthy Systems Engineering
Associate Director,, Health and Clinical Research, Office of the Vice President of Research
Director, School for Future of Innovation in Society
Dean, College of Health Solutions
Senior Vice President of Life Sciences and Chief Patent Counsel
Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate College
Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Director and Professor of Practice, Global Security Initiative
Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Center Director, Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security, and Society
Professor, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Center Director, Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing
Vice President, Vice Provost and Professor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Philanthropy accelerates our lifesaving discoveries
The Executive Board of Philanthropy at ASU’s Biodesign Institute provides guidance to advance the philanthropic mission of the Institute. As foundational partners in philanthropy, they work together with Biodesign leadership to promote our research efforts.
Whether it is finding answers to cancer, fighting Alzheimer’s disease, protecting our planet or creating new technologies to revolutionize the field of medicine, an investment in the ASU Biodesign Institute will impact people and our planet for generations to come. Together we can accelerate lifesaving discoveries.
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Director of Development
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