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ASU protein pioneer honored as innovator at governor’s celebration

November 11, 2016

Petra Fromme, an Arizona State University researcher who is cracking the mystery of proteins and how they function, was hailed as Innovator of the Year at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, Nov. 10, a celebration also honoring Arizona businesses, legislators, teachers and students who are leading the state in science and technology discovery and entrepreneurialism. Fromme, a Regents’ Professor and director of the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery at the ASU...

Biodesign C will help advance scientific frontiers

October 12, 2016

Arizona State University’s newest research building will be packed with the most advanced construction and technological gear of today. The science that goes on inside will find answers that benefit society every day after. Researchers will tackle the early detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, speed up drug discovery and explore new avenues in renewable energy. The third building in ASU’s Biodesign Institute complex, Biodesign C on the Tempe campus, will serve as home...

Fostering North American partnerships

August 16, 2016

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan (left), senior vice president for ASU's Knowledge Enterprise Development; Joshua LaBaer, an executive with the Biodesign Institute; and Luis Armando Kuroda of Mexico's Salud Digna and Fundación Vizcarra (right) sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Aug. 15. The MOU establishes a commitment to collaborate using ASU's undergraduate and graduate scientific researchers and Salud Digna's preventative health-care services with the goal of bringing greater...

X-ray study unlocks secrets of light-sensing organism

May 5, 2016

High-speed photography can capture a horse’s gallop, a falling star or even a speeding bullet. But such methods would be far too slow to record the elusive movements of protein molecules as they undergo transitions from one form to another—a process known as isomerization. In new research appearing in the journal Science, an international team of researchers used brilliant bursts of X-ray light to capture the movements of a photosensitive protein—one that enables a broad range of life...

New method opens crystal clear views of biomolecules - Fundamental discovery triggers paradigm shift in crystallography

February 10, 2016

A scientific breakthrough gives researchers access to the blueprint of thousands of molecules of great relevance to medicine, energy and biology. In a new study, researchers from Arizona State University (ASU), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) describe a simple way to determine the 3-dimensional structures of proteins and other molecules, many of which are inaccessible by existing methods. The research findings appear in the current...

A pioneer in exploring molecular structure

February 2, 2016

World expert on proteins — one of newest crop of Regents' Professors — was drawn across the globe to ASU's "interdisciplinary science and out-of-the-box thinking" When Petra Fromme was called into Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s office last year, the caller wouldn’t tell her assistant what the impromptu meeting was about. “No, I don’t think I’m in trouble,” Fromme told her assistant. Far from it: Fromme was being named a Regents’ Professor, the...

Frozen in Time: 'Method of the Year,' cryo-Electron Microscopy, coming soon to ASU

February 2, 2016

The hottest technology in all of science will soon bring a new coolness factor to world-class Arizona State University research. The coolest new way to take a near-atomic resolution snapshot of life at work is cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM) – lauded recently by Nature as its 2015 ‘Method of the Year’ – and now coming soon to ASU.   “ASU has been a national leader in atomic-resolution electron microscopy since the 1970s and remains at the cutting edge today, expanding...

Scientists blueprint tiny cellular ‘nanomachine’ whose evolution is an extraordinary feat of nature

December 17, 2015

Tempe, AZ, Thursday December 17th, 2015 – Scientists have drawn up molecular blueprints of a tiny cellular ‘nanomachine’, whose evolution is an extraordinary feat of nature, by using one of the brightest X-ray sources on Earth. The scientists produced the structural map of this nanomachine – diacylglycerol kinase – by using a “hit and run” crystallography technique. In doing so, they have been able to understand how the tiny enzyme performs critical cellular duties –...

Three ASU faculty members appointed Regents' Professors

November 21, 2015

Three Arizona State University faculty have been named Regents’ Professors: Petra Fromme, Robert Page and Billie Lee Turner II. The three were nominated by ASU President Michael Crow and were approved by the Arizona Board of Regents on Friday. Regents’ Professor is the highest faculty honor and goes to full professors from one of the three Arizona public universities whose exceptional achievements have brought them national or international distinction. With the most recent vote, ASU...

Future innovator feted with Governor’s award

November 12, 2015

Rebecca Jernigan, a freshman microbiology major at Arizona State University, received a Future Innovators of the Year Award for research she performed at the Biodesign Institute and the School of Molecular Sciences. She was selected to be one of four Arizona students receiving the honor, based on successful science fair projects each completed as high school students. The winners were chosen by the Arizona Technology Council and presented their awards at the 2015 Governor's Celebration of...