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An unconventional solution: Researchers recognized by ASU Women and Philanthropy for Salmonella-based cancer therapy

May 13, 2020

Standard-of-care treatments—chemotherapy and radiation—remain at the forefront of cancer therapy, but in light of the high rate of recurrence and treatment failure still observed for most cancer subtypes and the high toxicity conferred by current practices, new and innovative therapies are being pursued.   These approaches include engineering viruses and bacteria to attack cancer cells, while leaving non-cancerous, healthy cells untouched. This line of research is quickly...

Wellbeing Commons symposium highlights the work of the state’s most prominent researchers in virology, immunology, microbiology and infectious disease

June 11, 2019

Arizona State University prides itself on an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to solving some of the world’s most prominent problems. Led by Joshua LaBaer, the executive director of the Biodesign Institute and center director for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, Arizona Wellbeing Commons (AWC) similarly emphasizes the importance of collaboration by bringing together scientists, doctors, and other partners to better human health. The key to...

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...

New DNA vaccine technology poised to deliver ultra-rapid, safe and cost-effective disease protection

November 5, 2012

New and increasingly sophisticated vaccines are taking aim at a broad range of disease-causing pathogens, targeting them with greater effectiveness at lower cost and with improved measures to ensure safety.  To advance this quest, a research team led by Roy Curtiss, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, and Wei Kong, a research assistant professor, at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have taken a dramatic step forward, revealing the design of a...

From foe to friend: Researchers use salmonella as a way to administer vaccines in the body

July 8, 2008

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have made a major step forward in their work to develop a biologically engineered organism that can effectively deliver an antigen in the body. The researchers report that they have been able to use live salmonella bacterium as the containment/delivery method for an antigen. Wei Kong, a researcher in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, holds plates demonstrating the enhanced growth of Salmonella enterica...