Site Visit 2012

  • Paul Davies is Director of The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. He is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist with research experience ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin of life. He is noted for his work on the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, the thermodynamics of black holes, early-universe cosmology, the arrow of time, the nature of the laws of physics and the emergence of life in the universe. View Paul’s PSOC lab page

  • William Grady is the section chief of Gastroenterology at the Member University of Washington Medical Center and the Roger C. Haggitt Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also an Associate of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His work on the role of epigenetic and genetic alterations in gastrointestinal cancer has led to the discovery of novel biomarkers that can be used as early detection and as prognostic markers for colon cancer. His research is funded by the NIH through the NCI and Early Detection Research Network. More Info | Visit William’s PSOC lab page

  • Steve Henikoff is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Member of the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington and a Member of US National Academy of Sciences. His laboratory specializes in histone variants, epigenetic inheritance and centromere evolution, and develops tools for sequence, in vivo mapping and functional genomics. More Info |  Visit Steve’s PSOC lab page

  • Stuart Lindsay is Edward and Nadine Carson Professor of Physics and Chemistry and Director of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics in the Biodesign Institute. His research focuses on biology at the nanoscale. He was a co-founder of Molecular Imaging Corporation. His textbook “Introduction to Nanoscience” has just been published by Oxford University Press. More Info / Team Members / Visit Stuart’s PSOC lab page

  • Deirdre R. Meldrum is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Her research interests include genome automation, live single cell analyses, microscale systems for biological applications, ecogenomics, robotics and control systems for applications to human health and disease and the oceans. She served on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. More Info / Team Members / Visit Deirdre’s PSOC lab page

  • Roger H. Johnson is a Research Scientist and Laboratory Manager in the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation in ASU’s Biodesign Institute. Roger is responsible for overall management of daily research activities in the Center, and leads the cell CT research. He has over twenty years’ experience in 3D micro CT, and is an expert in CT scanner design and construction, image reconstruction algorithms, and 3D image processing and analysis. Roger is co-inventor of the cell CT and has seven patents including two on x-ray and two on optical microtomography. More Info

  • Joseph Mikhael is a consultant hematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and assistant professor at the Mayo College of Medicine. He is also the Vice-Chair of Education for the division of Hematology-Oncology and is the program director of the Clinic’s Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program. He specializes in plasma cell disorders, namely multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. His clinical research interests also include pharmaco-economics, and supportive care in cancer. More Info

  • Timothy Newman is Professor of Biophysics & SULSA (Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance) Research Professor of Systems Biology at the University of Dundee, UK. He was formerly Professor of Physics and Director of the ASU Center for Biological Physics. He serves on the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society Division of Biological Physics and is Editor-in-Chief of the UK biophysics journal, Physical Biology. Since 2000, he has worked on biological modeling, studying population dynamics, embryo development, and gene regulation. More Info / Visit Timothy’s PSOC Lab

  • Robert Ros is Associate Professor for Physics at Arizona State University. He joined ASU in 2008 from Bielefeld University as Associate Professor for Physics. He is an experimental biophysicist with expertise in force spectroscopy, and the combination of AFM with confocal microscopy. His research interests in the field of nanobiophysics includes structural biology, physics of molecular recognition, conformational dynamics of single (bio-)molecules and cell mechanics using scanning probe methods, force spectroscopy technologies, fluorescence microscopy, and nanophotonics. More Info / Team Members / Visit Robert’s PSOC Lab

  • Pauline Davies is Professor of Practice in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU. She specializes in health and science communication and manages public outreach and education and training for the Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer. More Info

  • Karen Anderson graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Chemistry. She then completed a combined MD and PhD program at Duke University, where she studied immunology under Dr. Peter Cresswell, a National Academy member and HHMI investigator now at Yale University. She completed internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and hematology/oncology fellowship training at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she remained for 11 years as faculty, until she came here to ASU in late 2011. Her laboratory focuses on understanding how the immune response can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development. More Info

  • Luis Cisneros is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the ASU Physics Department and the Beyond Center. He is a young researcher interested in bio-fluid dynamics and collective phenomena of complex systems. He previously worked extensively in the collective behavior of suspensions of interacting motile bacteria, including experimental research, analysis and characterization of real data, development of models and test simulations. He is currently working on problems related to the migration and colonization processes of metastatic cancer cells. More Info

  • Cynthia Buness Welcome to our new advocate Cynthia Buness. Cynthia will help promote the work of the center to the wider community. Cynthia loves attending our Thursday seminars – and you can attend too. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details. More Info

Extended Team Researchers

  • Christine Codomo, Research Technician for Project 2
  • Slavomir Dzieciatkowski, Research Technician for Core 2
  • David Fleischer, Co-Investigator for Core 2
  • Kathryn Hernandez, Undergrad Assistant for Project 3
  • Parminder Kaur, Grad Research Assistant for Project 2
  • Laimonas Kelbauskas, Co-Investigator for Project 3
  • John Latham, Research Assoc. for Project 2
  • Vivek Nandakumar, Grad Research Assistant for Project 3
  • Edna Ramos, Study Coordinator for Core 2
  • Olaf Schulz, Grad Research Assistant for Project 1
  • Patti Senechal, Cell Culture Research for Project 3
  • Jack Staunton, Grad Research Assistant for Project 1
  • Peiming Zhang, Co-Investigator for Project 2

New Affiliates

  • Kimberly J. Bussey is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Translational Research Division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Co-Director of the Adrenocortical Carcinoma Research Program at TGen, and an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist with the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Her research interests lie in exploiting intra-tumor heterogeneity in cancer for treatment. Her lab seeks to understand the relationships between the diversity of genomic and epigenetic alterations and the resulting phenotypes in sub-populations of tumor cells. Dr. Bussey has a background in medical and molecular genetics, rare tumors, cancer cytogenetics, and applied bioinformatics. Her work has included the cytogenetic and molecular characterization of pediatric germ cell tumors, and the first integration of array CGH data with microarray expression data for the NCI-60 panel of cell lines. She was the lead architect on MatchMiner, a program designed to facilitate the integration of large, high-throughput biological data sets. More Info

  • James Elser

    James Elser is a Regents’ Professor & Parents Association Professor (Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science). He also serves as Associate Dean of Research and Training Initiatives in the School of Life Sciences. Dr. Elser’s research involves the integrative field of biological stoichiometry, the study of balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. While this work is primarily ecological in focus and includes studies of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and biota, the approach uses an evolutionary perspective to integrate levels of organization from the molecule and cell to the ecosystem. More Info

  • John Nagy is Professor of Biology at Scottsdale Community College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. His research interest focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of disease. Dr. Nagy’s group studies evolutionary models of angiogenesis and fine-scale (stochastic) models of metabolic and signal transduction pathways, with the ultimate goal of helping to place evolutionary theory applied to tumor biology on the correct ecological and mathematical foundations.
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  • Kaushal Rege is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. His research areas of interest are Molecular and Nanoscale Cancer Therapeutics, Combination Treatments, Microfluidic Devices for Drug Screening, Intracellular Trafficking in Cancer Cells, Non-viral Cancer Gene Therapy, Bioseparations.
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  • Alastair Thompson graduated in 1984 from the University of Edinburgh and trained as a surgeon and clinician scientist in Scotland before joining the University of Dundee in 1996 as Senior Lecturer, Reader and, since 2002, Professor of Surgical Oncology. He is committed to linking advances in laboratory science to improvements in clinical care and to auditing the performance of surgical teams and cancer services. His principle clinical practice is in helping women with breast cancer and he is committed to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate training, translational research, clinical trials and service development. Non medical interests include music, horticulture and mountain sports. More Info