Artificial cell membrane channels composed of DNA can be opened and locked with a key

Molecular Design and Biomimetics

Graphic shows the bilayer structure of a living cell membrane, composed of phospholipid. A phospholipid consists of a hydrophilic or water-loving head and hydrophobic or water-fearing tail.

Artificial cell membrane channels composed of DNA can be opened and locked with a key

Technique opens new possibilities for smart drug delivery and other applications Just as countries import a vast array of consumer goods across national borders, so living cells are engaged in

Chao Wang

Simple, inexpensive, fast and accurate nano-sensors pinpoint infectious diseases

In recent years, deadly infectious diseases, including Ebola and COVID-19, have emerged to cause widespread human devastation. Although researchers have developed a range of sophisticated methods to detect such infections,

Graduates fueled by Biodesign research experiences credit opportunity and mentor trust

Typically, scientific laboratories hum at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University from the energy that students bring. In fact, the institute regularly engages hundreds of undergraduate and graduate researchers to perform

Using sapphire for biosensing: A new way to shape the gemstone

ASU researchers demonstrate the first sapphire-supported nanopore membrane with improved cost-effective, low-noise performance over conventional silicon-based platforms for biomolecular sensing Boiling acid and sapphire crystals sound like the makings of

Hao Yan

Hao Yan 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. The coveted award, named in honor of

Julianne Holloway

Holloway honored as a rising star in chemical engineering

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers honored Julianne Holloway with a 35 Under 35 Award. Holloway, an associate faculty member in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, is being recognized for outstanding

An elderly couple

Edson seed grants advance innovative dementia solutions

Over $300,000 from The Charlene and J. Orin Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions was awarded to three Arizona State University research teams for innovative research projects. The funding

Hao Yan

Storing information and designing uncrackable codes with DNA

For billions of years, Nature has used DNA like a molecular bank vault; a place to store her most coveted secrets: the design blueprints essential to life. Now, researchers at

Petr Sulc

New method to design diamond lattices and other crystals from microscopic building blocks

An impressive array of architectural forms can be produced from the popular interlocking building blocks known as LEGOS®. All that is needed is a child’s imagination to construct a virtually

Hao Yan

A new twist on DNA origami

A team of scientists from Arizona State University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), led by Hao Yan, ASU’s Milton Glick Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the ASU Biodesign Institute’s Center

Swarup Dey

Biodesign student receives award for medical device

Graduate student Swarup Dey invented a DNA nanosensor that mimics transmembrane proteins in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics. His innovation has earned him the 2020 School of

Hand with latex glove on holding petri dish with 4 areas of cell growth

Three Biodesign researchers awarded NSF CAREER Award

Arizona State University has to date earned 15 National Science Foundation early faculty CAREER awards for 2020. The awards total $9.5 million in funding for ASU researchers over five years. Amongst