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Conducting research: Exploring charge flow through proteins

March 4, 2019

Among the zoo of biomolecules essential to life, proteins are the most startlingly varied and versatile. These complex structures, generated from the DNA code and built from some 20 amino acids play a central role in innumerable life processes. In the form of antibodies, proteins defend organisms from infectious agents like bacteria and viruses. As enzymes, protein molecules speed up chemical reactions necessary to sustain life.  Proteins also act as messengers that coordinate disparate...

Biodesign symposium hosts researchers from West China

November 19, 2018

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...

Scientists show that a protein can be switched on and off to conduct electricity like a metal

October 27, 2017

When pushing the boundaries of discovery, sometimes even the most experienced of scientists can get a surprise jolt from a completely unpredictable result. That was the case for ASU Regents’ Professor and biophysicist Stuart Lindsay, who has spent his career building new microscopes that have become the eyes of nanotechnology and next-generation, rapid and low-cost DNA and amino acid readers to make precision medicine more of a reality. In the process, Lindsay’s research team has...

Could Proteins Be Quantum Objects?

February 23, 2017

Stuart Lindsay, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Single Molecule Biophysics Chemical bonds are quantum objects and remain so at room temperature because they are strong enough to resist thermal fluctuations. But does quantum mechanics reach further than individual bonds? There has been a long history of physicists proposing roles for one of their cleverest inventions (quantum mechanics) in biology, but almost all the evidence to date indicates that thermal motion ruins quantum...

Novel technique helps ID elusive molecules

December 21, 2016

Among the most important molecules in the living world are sugars or carbohydrates, which play a vital role in life processes. Sugars provide the main source of fuel for the body, protect muscles from damage and contribute to the immune response. They also act as the brain’s key metabolite (in the form of glucose), powering basic function and influencing memory and mood. Dysregulation of carbohydrates can lead to a raft of major illnesses, including cancer. Now, Stuart Lindsay, a...

Inventive ASU faculty recognized for record-breaking year

March 10, 2016

Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) recently celebrated a record-breaking year for the number of inventions, patents and startup companies that have come out of Arizona State University. “The purpose of this event is really to thank ASU’s inventive faculty for their innovation, creativity and hard work,” said Ken Polasko, the executive director at AzTE, ASU’s exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization. During fiscal year 2015, ASU faculty...

National Academy of Inventors and ASU announce NAI Fellows

December 16, 2014

  Arizona State University research scientists Stuart Lindsay and Michael Kozicki have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Those named today...

Fast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology one step closer to reality

November 24, 2014

A team of scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put cheap, simple and powerful DNA and protein diagnostic devices into every single doctor's office," said Stuart Lindsay, anASU physics professor and director of Biodesign’s Center for Single Molecule Biophysics. Such technology could help...

Amino acid fingerprints revealed in new study

April 6, 2014

  Some three billion base pairs make up the human genome—the floor plan of life. In 2003, the Human Genome Project announced the successful decryption of this code, a tour de force that continues to supply a stream of insights relevant to human health and disease. Nevertheless, the primary actors in virtually all life processes are the proteins coded for by DNA sequences known as genes. For a broad spectrum of diseases, proteins can yield far more compelling revelations than...

ASU Regents' Professor a finalist for World Technology Award

November 7, 2013

The World Technology Network (WTN) has announced that Arizona State University professor Stuart Lindsay has been named a finalist for a prestigious 2013 World Technology Award in the Biotechnology (Individual) category. Lindsay joins a roster of 50 corporate finalists (in 10 categories) and 100 individual finalists (in 20 categories) deemed by members of the WTN to be doing the “most innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.”   The World Technology Awards...