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Many faculty members in the School of Molecular Sciences have appointments in interdisciplinary research centers, several of which combine expertise from a range of traditional disciplines to pursue molecular level solutions to important scientific problems.
A part of the ASU Biodesign Institute and directed by Dr. Sidney Hecht, the Center studies the molecular basis of mitochondrial diseases and biological chemistry and drug design. Research is active in several areas, including understanding nature’s biochemical energy lexicon—the energy code, identification of chemical scaffolds to enable therapeutic design and design of systems biology models predictive of human function.
A research center within the ASU Biodesign Institute, the Center for Bioenergetics is directed by Dr. Stephen Johnston and Dr. Neal Woodbury. The center is tackling important problems in medicine and disease not by building on existing discoveries and knowledge, but by attempting to transform understanding of disease. Research projects range from developing a single vaccine to prevent virtually all types of cancer to treating oncoming illness before experiencing any of the symptoms.
A part of the ASU Biodesign Institute and directed by Dr. Hao Yan, the Center explores the emerging field of biomimicry and focuses on complex and dynamic self-assembly using DNA as programmable molecules, using DNA self-assembly for the construction of interactive spatial networks of chemical and biochemical species, and develops multicomponent and multifunctional nanoparticle and nanowire materials for biosensing, bioimaging and energy applications.
A research center within the ASU Biodesign Institute, the Center for Bioenergetics is directed by Dr. Stuart Lindsay. The center develops new methods for single-molecule DNA sequencing, studies how genes work and the way in which proteins change DNA structure to switch genes on and off. The Center also studies the chemistry and physics of the liquid-solid interface to understand electrochemical and charge transfer processes at the single-molecule level.