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Medicine and Health

ASU is at the forefront in describing the molecular basis of disease and critical protein/drug interactions with atomic-scale resolution. We are developing sensors for the early detection of disease, using biophysics and novel analytics for disease diagnosis at the atom, molecule and cell level, designing new drugs that target specific metabolic pathways, and are building high-throughput diagnostic arrays for personalized medicine.


Ariel Anbar
President's Professor

Earth Surface Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Isotopic Composition Studies, Biogeochemistry

Chad Borges
Associate Professor

Analytical biochemistry, mass spectrometry, protein posttranslational modifications, disease markers

Julian Chen

Structure, function and evolution of ribonucleoprotein complexes, RNA-protein interactions, telomerase biogenesis and mechanism

Po-Lin Chiu
Assistant Professor

electron microscopy, cryo-EM, electron crystallography, membrane protein, structural biology, signal processing, image processing

Petra Fromme
Regents Professor, Paul V. Galvin Professor

Structural biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins, X-Ray crystallography, photosynthesis, molecular biology

Giovanna Ghirlanda

De-novo protein design and engineering, enzyme mechanisms, protein structure

Alexander Green
Assistant Professor

Alexander Green Assistant Professor Synthetic biology, Nanomaterials, Molecular computation, RNA regulation, Nucleic acid directed self-assembly, Biosensing, Nanoelectronics

Jia Guo
Assistant Professor

Novel fluorescent probes, single cell genomics and proteomics, cancer biology, neuroscience

Mark Hayes

Microfluidics, bioassays, microchip devices, Noninvasive sampling, materials and surface chemistry

Sidney Hecht

Improved diagnoses and treatments for diseases caused by impaired energy metabolism

Matthias Heyden

Molecular modeling, biomolecular interactions and solvation, intermolecular vibrations, molecular crowding, complex formation and self-assembly

Joshua LaBaer
Professor, and Executive Director, Biodesign Institute

Proteomics, biomarkers, cancer, diagnostics, protein arrays

Stuart Lindsay
Regents Professor

Scanning probe microscopy, molecular electronics, molecular biophysics, nano-scale self-assembly

Wei Liu
Assistant Professor

Biophysics, Drug Design, X-Ray Crystallography, G Protein–Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), Membrane Proteins, Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP), Protein-Protein Interactions/Complexes, Protein Functions

George Pettit
Regents Professor

Medicinal Chemistry, chemistry of natural products, discovery of new anti-cancer and anti-infective drugs for human cancer treatment

Alexandra Ros
Associate Professor

Micro and nanofluidics Bioanalytics, Single cell analysis, Biomolecule migration mechanisms

Abhishek Singharoy
Abhishek Singharoy

Molecular dynamics simulations, Cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, hybrid modeling

Petr Sulc

Coarse-grained modeling of DNA and RNA with applications to DNA/RNA nanotechnology, RNA folding, Molecular simulations to study properties of DNA and RNA in vivo and in vitro, Applications of statistical physics modeling to complex systems

Wade Van Horn
Associate Professor

Membrane proteins, Solution NMR, Structural biology, Biophysical Chemistry, Enzymology, Electrophysiology, Computational structural biology, Ion channels, Membrane enzymes

Rebekka Wachter

Protein post-translational modifications, Macromolecular X-ray crystallography, Protein-based chromophores, Enzyme mechanisms

Xu Wang
Associate Professor

Biochemistry, NMR, protein, carbohydrate, glycan, glycosaminoglycan, protein structure, protein-carbohydrate interactions

Peter Williams

Mass spectrometry, MALDI, DNA, sequencing, DNA Arrays

Neal Woodbury
Professor and Director

Photosynthesis, biophysics, DNA/protein complexes, nucleosomes, optically directed molecular evolution

Hao Yan
Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor

Design and assembly of biologically inspired nanomaterials, DNA nanostructures, nanoelectronics, biomolecular imaging