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Biodesign symposium hosts researchers from West China

January 1, 1970

Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute, co-hosted a lively and innovative symposium, greeting the international guests in their native language. After enthusiastic applause, the presentations began. The symposium, which hosted representatives from Sichuan University and West China Hospital, in addition to researchers from the Biodesign Institute, focused on exploring strategies for the detection and treatment of infectious diseases and cancer. The gathering...

Propagation and Purification of Bacteriophage PR772 for Structural Studies

January 1, 1970

Alice Contreras, Graduate Research Assistant, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are a novel, developing method to solve structures for non-crystalline single particle targets like viruses. The single particle initiative (SPI) is a collaborative effort that works towards identifying and solving challenges of high-resolution single particle imaging using XFELs. Bacteriophage PR772 was used in an experiment at a recent beamtime at...

Is the Universe A Fake?

January 1, 1970

Paul Davies, PhD, Director, Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University Computer scientists claim they are on the verge of simulating consciousness, thus reviving an ancient philosophical poser: how can we be sure that we ourselves are not the product of a simulation? Might what we take to be the 'real' universe in fact be an illusion created in another plane of reality? How could we tell? Many scientists now favor some version of the so-called multiverse...

Botanical Medicine: Fact or Fiction

January 1, 1970

Jeffrey Langland, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy Many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches and interventions are thought to exert therapeutic activities.  For many individuals, especially those living in under-developed nations, botanical medicines are the only therapeutic resources available.  The World Health Organization estimates that as much as 80% of the world population relies on botanicals...

ASU research propels awareness for contact lens recycling movement

January 1, 1970

Microplastics are a growing area of concern for researchers and the public, with much of the focus on plastics in our oceans. Until recently, the environmental impact of the plastic we put in our eyes has been largely overlooked. Now manufacturers and researchers are teaming up to raise awareness that disposing lenses down the toilet or the drain adds to the planet’s plastic pollution – and that recycling or disposing lenses with recyclable solid waste are eco-friendly options. Every...

USAID II

January 1, 1970

Kellianne Lauer, Proposal Manager, Research Development Topics include parsing a USAID solicitation, common proposal sections, theory of change, MEL or budget and ASU resources – ASUID. Introductory Proposal Workshops are a series of sequential workshops that span the continuum of proposal development activities at ASU. Workshops are appropriate for early career faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and senior graduate students who have not yet submitted a proposal to a...

Modeling Lymphocytic Choriomenengitis Virus Transmission

January 1, 1970

Ammar Tanveer, PhD Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biodesign Institute Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy This is part of the Viroholics Seminar Series.

Next-generation Tools Enabling Systems Analysis of Adaptive Immunity

January 1, 1970

John Altin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathogen and Microbiome Division, TGen The adaptive immune system diversifies and then amplifies antigen receptors to trigger broad protection against potential pathogen threats. John Altin will present a technology platform that enables this response to be viewed in a new, high-resolution way that is commensurate with the extent of its antigenic diversity. This technology leverages the highly parallel tools of DNA reading and writing, translating...

Viral-like Mechanisms of Intercellular RNA Trafficking in the Nervous System

January 1, 1970

Jason Shepherd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Biochemistry and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah, School of Medicine This is part of the Molecular Cellular Biology Colloquium and Neuroscience Research Seminar Series.

RNA Origami Nanostructures for Potent and Safe Anti-cancer Immunotherapy

January 1, 1970

Yung Chang, PhD, Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy The rapid developments in nucleic acid nanotechnology have enabled the rational design and construction of self-assembling DNA and RNA nanostructures that are highly programmable. Yung Chang’s lab recently developed a replicable single-stranded RNA origami (RNA-OG) technology that allows a long RNA molecule to be programmed to self-assemble into nanostructures of various shapes. Her work establishes...