News Archive


December 21, 2020
ASU's natural sciences division welcomes 3 new leaders

Tijana Rajh joins ASU from the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

December 15, 2020
ASU professor receives 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize

Hao Yan, director of the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at Arizona State University has been awarded the 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize.

December 7, 2020
New and unexplored dimension in the study of protein-protein interactions

Associate Professor Marcia Levitus from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and co-workers have now found that these protein doughnuts assemble in previously unknown ways.

November 12, 2020
Arizona recognizes Biodesign Institute’s response to COVID-19 with Innovator of the Year award

The Biodesign Institute has been unrelenting in its efforts to track and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Arizona since last spring. 

November 9, 2020
NASA selects ASU science teams for astrobiology research

The NASA Astrobiology Program has announced the selection of eight new interdisciplinary research teams to inaugurate its Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) program. 

November 9, 2020
Ultrafast laser experiments pave way to better industrial catalysts

Arizona State University's Scott Sayres and his team have recently published an ultrafast laser study on uncharged iron oxide clusters.

October 21, 2020
ASU School of Molecular Sciences professor recognized with midcareer achievement award

Arizona State University's Alexandra Ros has just received the Advancing Electrokinetic Science Electrophoresis Society Mid-Career Achievement Award.

October 21, 2020
School of Molecular Sciences researchers lead rapid COVID-19 test development

The effort to develop a rapid COVID-19 saliva test is being spearheaded by two School of Molecular Sciences researchers at Arizona State University.

October 12, 2020
Tiny pumping stations play outsize role in cellular health and disease

ASU's Abhishek Singharoy and his colleagues combine high-resolution cryo-EM images made at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

October 6, 2020
New techniques probe vital and elusive proteins

Wei Liu and his group investigate a critically important class of proteins, which adorn the outer membranes of cells.

September 24, 2020
ASU researchers receive $6 million state contract to develop rapid, 20-minute COVID-19 saliva test

In May, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute produced the Western United States’ first FDA-approved saliva-based COVID-19 test 

September 16, 2020
Scientists search for stellar phosphorus to find potentially habitable exoplanets

Scientists at ASU and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have identified stellar phosphorus as a probable marker in narrowing the search for life in the cosmos.

September 15, 2020
Storing information and designing uncrackable codes with DNA

Researchers at SMS and the Biodesign Institute are exploring the unique information-carrying capacities of DNA.

September 14, 2020
New method to design diamond lattices, other crystals from microscopic building blocks

Petr Sulc, corresponding author of the new study, to design DNA nanostructures that can take shape in a test tube, as if on autopilot.

September 10, 2020
AZBio awards ASU researchers for exceptional work in biosciences

This month, AZBio announced that two of their annual awards will go to outstanding Arizona State University researchers — Joshua LaBaer and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown.

September 9, 2020
New microfluidic device minimizes loss of high value samples

A major collaborative effort that has been developing over the last three years between ASU and European scientists has resulted in a significant technical advance in X-ray crystallographic sample strategies.

September 7, 2020
A new twist on DNA origami

A team of scientists from ASU and Shanghai Jiao Tong University has just announced the creation of a new type of meta-DNA structures.

August 27, 2020
New study takes aim at advanced types of nonaddictive pain therapies

Wade Van Horn and Marcia Levitus recently published a study in Nature Communications that helps clarify the contributions to an ion channel’s.

August 24, 2020
ASU President’s Professor Ariel Anbar awarded medal from the Geological Society of America

President’s Professor Ariel Anbar has been awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America.

August 24, 2020
Study offers new insights for sun-gathering technologies

Researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and SMS take a page from nature’s lesson book.

August 19, 2020
SMS launches wide range of new programs for fall 2020 semester

ASU offers more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs — not to mention more than 270 minors and certificates — and that number is growing this fall...

August 19, 2020
ASU professor receives Department of Energy Career Award

A team including Wei Liu, assistant professor in SMS and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, published a paper on Aug.19th.

August 7, 2020
ASU professor receives Department of Energy Career Award

Award-winning ASU researcher uses nature-inspired chemistry to develop clean energy

July 21, 2020
ASU student receives 2020 School of Molecular Sciences Innovation Award for medical device

Graduate student Swarup Dey has been awarded the 2020 SMS Innovation Award for his invention, which creates a DNA nanosensor that mimics transmembrane proteins.

July 21, 2020
Woodbury named CEO of Science Foundation Arizona

ASU's chief science and technology officer will lead the nonprofit, which connects researchers & businesses.

June 16, 2020
ASU researcher tests face mask efficiency before and after sterilization

Professor Pierre Herckes tests the reliability of masks after they have been sterilized and offers insight into wearing masks properly.

June 15, 2020
ASU rapidly engineers solution for medical staff battling COVID-19

ASU researchers have created a practical face-mask decontamination solution to help combat COVID-19.

June 12, 2020
ASU students benefit from teaching initiative grant

This spring, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU awarded a faculty fund for a teaching initiative grant to the School of Molecular Sciences

June 11, 2020
Paramedic credits ASU Online for success

David Jacobson, a student in the ASU School of Molecular Sciences, reflects on the journey after being accepted into medical school.

May 14, 2020
Cloth masks a worthy line of defense to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic

ASU professor tests homemade cloth mask to see how effective it can be at stopping aerosolized microparticles.

May 10, 2020
ASU grad student earns fellowship from National Science Foundation

John Vant was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the LeRoy Eyring Memorial Fellowship.

May 7, 2020
ASU scientists rewire photosynthesis to fuel our future

Hydrogen is an essential commodity with over 60 million tons produced globally every year. However, more than 95% of it is made by steam reformation of fossil fuels.

May 7, 2020
ASU professor recognized nationally with Teacher-Scholar Award

Gary Moore, an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, has just been named one of 14 young faculty nationwide.

April 28, 2020
Pioneering ASU Regents Professor reflects on legacy after 57 years at university

Regents Professor Peter Buseck is a pioneering researcher who continues to inspire, even after almost 60 years of service at Arizona State University.

April 20, 2020
ASU scientists lead study of galaxy's 'water worlds'

Astrophysical observations have shown that Neptune-like water-rich exoplanets are common in our galaxy.  An international team of researchers, led by ASU, has provided one of the first mineralogy lab studies for water-rich exoplanets.

April 17, 2020
ASU Dean’s Medalist heads to Harvard

Madeleine Howell is the spring 2020 School of Molecular Sciences Dean’s Medalist, and also the University Outstanding Undergraduate student for the Natural Sciences Division in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

April 3, 2020
3 ASU juniors win top national awards

Three Arizona State University juniors who already are doing sophisticated research and presenting their work to national audiences have won Goldwater Scholarships.

March 10, 2020
ASU professor honored with materials science award
Alexandra Navrotsky to receive the 2020 Jan Czochralski Award from the European Materials Research Society.

March 5, 2020
X-ray eyes peer deeper into deadly pathogen

Researchers at SMS and Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery examine a key membrane protein responsible for the bacterium’s prodigious ability to infect the body and cause illness.

February 27, 2020
SNIPRs take aim at disease-related mutations

Alex Green, Assistant Professor in the SMS and Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and his colleagues describe a new method for detecting point mutations.

February 20, 2020
Neal Woodbury named senior member of National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors has named Arizona State University professors Neal Woodbury and Sarma Vrudhula to the February 2020 class of NAI senior members.

February 20, 2020
ASU scientists utilize nonconventional techniques to make new materials

Christina Birkel is working to create new materials that can be used for renewable energy, catalysts and permanent magnets.

February 17, 2020
The art of letting go: Researchers track progress of separations field in spearheading diagnostics

In a review paper published in Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, Alexandra Ros and Mukul Sonker— highlight recent progress of separations field in spearheading diagnostics.

February 4, 2020
A new way to separate proteins?
A theoretical study opens up exciting possibilities on how proteins are affected by an electric field. In an article recently published in Biomicrofluidics, Dmitry Matyushov suggests that the mobility of proteins in the field gradient is 10,000 times greater than previously thought.

January 31, 2020
Collecting light: ASU researchers publish faster methods for observing molecular behavior
Steve Pressé and IUPUI graduate student Meysam Tavakoli, as well as other collaborators, draw on mathematical methods not typically seen in the natural sciences to create a faster modeling system to learn about the motion of molecules.

January 27, 2020
Science at the interface: Bioinspired materials reveal useful properties

Researchers at ASU explore new materials with physical properties that can be custom-tailored. The work is inspired by mechanisms in nature, where the complex three-dimensional structure of surrounding proteins influences the electrochemical properties of metals at their core.

January 9, 2020
Breathing with rocks as an energy source

ASU researchers describe key link for using microbial metabolic energy to power electrical applications. Postdoctoral researcher Miyuki Thirumurthy and Professor Anne Jones' work was recently published in the journal Nanotechnology.


December 20, 2019
Mapping the motion of molecules: NIH awards ASU biophysics professor more than $2.5M

Steve Pressé was recently awarded more than $2.5 million from the NIH. Pressé is an associate professor in both the Department of Physics and SMS and a member of the Center for Biological Physics initiative, which seeks to apply a computational physics approach to understanding biological phenomena.

November 26, 2019
Julian Chen and Hao Yan named AAAS fellows

Seven outstanding faculty from Arizona State University have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

November 25, 2019
New electrochemical platform paves the way for advanced portable diagnostic tools

Scientists at ASU and the University of Toronto have developed the first direct gene-circuit-to-electrode interface by combining cell-free synthetic biology with state-of-the-art nanostructured electrodes.

November 20, 2019
'Organic' glass is in tech's future

ASU SMS professor embarks on two projects to study the mobility of molecules in glassy materials, with applications for cell phone screens and pharmaceuticals.

November 18, 2019
Can plants tell us something about longevity?

A study led by Julian Chen and Dorothy Shippen from Texas A&M University has unraveled the detailed structure and function of the RNA component of telomerase enzyme from land plants.

November 18, 2019
Imaging at the speed of life

ASU researchers join a team of physicists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and their international collaborators to present EuXFEL’s first molecular movie, or “mapping,” of the ultrafast movement of proteins.

November 13, 2019
ASU professor tackles life at the atomic level with NSF CAREER award

Abhishek Singharoy of SMS and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery has recently earned a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

November 8, 2019
Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses

In a study led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery, SMS and the Department of Physics, the structure of Photosystem I was studied with X-ray pulses at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser in Hamburg, Germany.

November 7, 2019
Microfluidics aid membrane protein structure studies

Alexandra Ros and her group publish a new paper about injection devices that are used for membrane protein structure visualization with x-Ray free electron lasers (XFELs).

November 6, 2019
ASU team accepts the NSF Quantum Leap challenge

A team from Arizona State University has been awarded a Conceptualization Grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Quantum Leap Challenge Institute (QLCI) program to study spin as a medium for information storage and sensing.

November 5, 2019
Stanford professor to deliver Eyring lectures at ASU

Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University Steven G. Boxer will be the featured Eyring Lecture Series speaker Nov. 14 and 15 at ASU's Tempe campus, speaking about GFP and its possibilities.

November 1, 2019
That’s a switch! Synthetic circuits regulate gene expression

Alex Green and his group and scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Northwestern University, along with a group of international colleagues are carrying RNA’s startling capacities a step further.

October 31, 2019
Electrifying science: New study describes conduction through proteins

Stuart Lindsay and his colleagues investigate a recently discovered feat carried out by enzymes and, most likely, all proteins.

October 15, 2019
Navrotsky comes full circle with opening of new ASU center

Alexandra Navrotsky is back at ASU and the ribbon has been cut to open the center where she will do her next great work.

October 7, 2019
ASU researcher takes on challenge to build a synthetic cell

The challenge of designing a synthetic artificial cell has been accepted by a team of researchers from institutions across the country, including Giovanna Ghirlanda. Ghirlanda will lead the protein design, engineering and catalysis aspects of the project.

October 2, 2019
ASU oceanographer and biogeochemist explores the ocean floor for the history and future of Earth’s climate

Last November, Arizona State University oceanographer, biogeochemist and astrobiologist Hilairy Hartnett joined a research cruise called Coring to Reconstruct Ocean Circulation and Carbon Dioxide Across 2 Seas.

October 2, 2019
ASU research group uncovers a greener alternative in sustainable chemistry

Ryan Trovitch's group in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University is leading the way in the development of new cost-effective and environmentally friendly catalysts for chemical reaction.