Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD
Carolyn Compton is an academic pathologist specializing in gastrointestinal disease and is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology.
She is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at ASU and a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic. She is also an adjunct professor of pathology at both the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University. She is the chief medical officer of the National Biomarker Development Alliance, a member of the Biodesign Institute at ASU.
Joshua L. LaBaer, MD, PhD
Joshua LaBaer is a leading researcher in cancer and personalized medicine and is the executive director for the Biodesign Institute at ASU.
He 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. In 2017, LaBaer was appointed executive director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU. There he guides talented researchers who are pioneering a dynamic new academic research model that embodies a hub for 21st century innovation.
Vel Murugan, PhD, MBA
Program and technical director
Vel Murugan is a leading molecular biologist with extensive experience in diagnostic test development with an emphasis on quality assurance and quality control.
He is an associate research professor at the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics. His contributions have been instrumental in developing an RNA biomarker-based high-throughput ARad radiation biodosimetry test. His current research focuses on an epigenetic biomarker-based diagnostic test to detect exposure to weapons of mass destruction, funded by the DARPA ECHO program.
Researchers Ryan Stikeleather and Theresa Rosov prepare to perform COVID tests in the lab. Dozens of researchers are processing the tests with the help of automation.
Recent graduate Peaches Ulrich works with samples and robotics
Mathematical modeling is performed by a group led by Tim Lant.
Lauren Mohamed, a doctoral student in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, wears a face shield as she prepares to swab an essential worker from his car. Lauren is one of about 65 clinical volunteers staffing the collection sites.
Ian Shoemaker and Kyle Lewis prepare reagents for saliva testing using a Beckman Coulter i7 series fluid handler.
This is a 96-well polymerase chain reaction plate. The wells contain reagents used for detecting the presence of SARS-CoV2.
A team member prepares reagents for automated fluid handling.
Pipette tips move through a busy automated fluid handler.
Valerie Harris facilitates sample handling.
Meredith Smith works to ensures automation runs smoothly.
Theresa Rosov is a lab and clinical coordinator.
Kyle Lewis assists with programming the robots that automate running test samples.
Nicholas Nabours ensures automation runs smoothly.