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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...

Quest to boost microalgae growth promises more sustainable energy

November 12, 2015

Arizona State University engineer Bruce Rittmann and physicist Klaus Lackner will lead a new research project to aid U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to boost production of a promising source for clean, renewable energy. DOE has awarded ASU a three-year, $1 million grant to fund the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture and Membrane Delivery project aimed at enabling more large-scale cultivation of microalgae. Microalgae are species of microscopic single-cell organisms, such as...

Time-resolved Femtosecond Crystallography: Toward Molecular Movies of Molecules In Action

October 21, 2015

Petra Fromme, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery This is an ASU Department of Physics Colloquia.  

Fromme garners Best of Phoenix award

October 21, 2015

When one thinks of the best of nature photography, scientists usually don't spring to mind. But Biodesign's own Petra Fromme has channeled her inner Ansel Adams to win the Phoenix New Times' "Best Nature Photographer" of 2015 award.  From The New Times award feature excerpt: "Millions of stunning pictures have been taken by photographers attempting to capture the essence of the flowering desert. But none has done so at the level of Petra Fromme... who led an...

ASU’s Biodesign Institute and Korea’s POSTECH announce new partnership to advance health care and clean energy research

August 21, 2015

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea, have announced a partnership that will catalyze discoveries with a major impact on health care and clean energy applications. Scientists at both universities will work together to outfit a powerful new facility, the X-ray Free Electron Laser at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL-XFEL), to discover and understand important biological molecules for new health...