News & Events

Wastewater research grad to continue career at Biodesign Institute

May 5, 2022

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates. Being successful and learning how to tackle new ideas in research is often like playing sports, according to graduating Arizona State University student Devin Bowes. Bowes, who played division II women’s lacrosse at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and had the opportunity to compete nationally, uses her athleticism in the lab. “Research is both a test of...

Can Changing Gut Bacterial Community Improve Gastrointestinal and Autism Symptoms?

April 18, 2022

Join Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown from the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes for her talk: Can Changing Gut Bacterial Community Improve Gastrointestinal and Autism Symptoms? This talk is part of the Biodesign CIVV-oholics lecture series. Join Zoom meeting here.  

Methane from waste should not be wasted: exploring landfill ecosystems

April 14, 2022

Each year, humans across the globe produce billions of tons of solid waste. Roughly 70% of this refuse ends up deposited in landfills, where it slowly decays. Yet, what may seem an inert accumulation of useless debris, is in reality, a complex ecosystem, teeming with microbial activity. Vast communities of microorganisms feed on the waste, converting it into byproducts—primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. While most landfill methane is captured and flared away, researchers hope...

Hormone and gut bacteria link may guide better treatment for menopause symptoms

March 2, 2022

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s fertility, but it can also bring about a slew of other — often baffling — changes, from weight gain to brain fog. Arizona State University scientists have found that hormones and gut bacteria affect each other, leading to changes in metabolism and brain function. This relationship could be key for treating menopausal symptoms and improving women’s health. The researchers recently published their findings in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection...

Treatment for autism symptoms earns ASU researchers patent

February 2, 2022

A new treatment for autism, created by Arizona State University researchers and their colleagues, has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office. The therapy, called Microbiota Transplant Therapy (MTT), is aimed at improving chronic gastrointestinal symptoms often associated with the disorder. Receiving the approval of the patent for this promising treatment is also an important step toward developing a Food and Drug Administration approved medication for treating the core symptoms of...

Krajmalnik-Brown named top-cited researcher 

November 23, 2021

Analytics company Clarivate named Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, director of the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes, as a 2021 Highly Cited Research across a variety of fields.  This recognition is awarded to individuals in their field who demonstrate excellence through the production of highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% for their field and year in the Web of Science, a global citation database.   Krajmalnik-Brown, also known as “Dr. Rosy,” has...

Medicine, the microbiome and human health

October 6, 2021

Biodesign China Virtual Symposium Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes and Meihua Wan, West China Hospital of Sichuan University will share presentations. Participants can engage in a meaningful discussion following the presentations.   This seminar is part of a virtual fall symposium, hosted by Biodesign Institute China, West China Hospital in Chengdu, and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.   Join via...

ASU is among the leaders in patents granted, startups launched

April 9, 2021

Arizona State University, through Skysong Innovations, continues to achieve high rankings in technology transfer metrics. The latest read on this comes from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). According to AUTM’s most recent survey (fiscal year 2019), ASU was fourth in patents granted, fourth in startup companies launched and third in inventions disclosed when compared with other universities without a medical school.  The AUTM report is an annual survey of the...

Biodesign researchers land coveted Hering Medal

February 15, 2021

Researchers at the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (BSCEB) and their colleagues have been awarded the 2021 Rudolph Hering Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The prestigious award recognizes the best paper of the preceding year from the Journal of Environmental Engineering.  The research selected for the Hering Medal describes new approaches to one of the thornier issues surrounding the environmental contamination; how to rid ecosystems of a...

AAAS lecture: microbes and autism

February 7, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM MST Microbiota Transfer Therapy for Autism: Multi-Omic Approaches and Lessons Learned During every instant of life, over a hundred trillion microbes, collectively known as the microbiome, reside on skin surfaces and course through the human body. In the human gut, vast colonies of bacteria, belonging to around 1000 different species, carry out duties ranging from the digestion of food and the management of body weight to effects on the brain...