Arizona Bioscience News: International science fair coming to Phoenix; New NAU lab used for bio research; UA researcher studies neurodegenerative disorders

May 5, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

NAUNew NAU lab explores ancient DNA fragments / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University’s new ancient DNA lab will allow researchers to extract fragile fragments of genetic material from animal bones and tissues, sediments, Puebloan artifacts and more, including an opportunity for Translational Genomics Research Institute to study the Valley Fever fungus.

Finding judges a challenge as Arizona prepares to host international science and engineering fair / KJZZ

Phoenix is set to become the center of the science fair universe as it prepares to host the International Science and Engineering Fair, the largest pre-college science fair in the world.

Arizona Bioindustry Association plans week of life sciences events to attract investors / Arizona Business Daily

AZBio says it plans to host a series of events aimed at linking investors and other funding sources with scientists working in the life sciences during Arizona Bioscience Week, Sept. 18-23.

University of Arizona names interim dean at Phoenix medical school / Phoenix Business Journal

University of Arizona has promoted Dr. Kenneth Ramos as interim dean of its medical school in Phoenix, replacing Dr. Stuart Flynn who had served as the founding dean since 2008.

Has the Arizona biotech community achieved critical mass? / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Eric Miller, principal at PADT, Inc., writes that the biotech industry in the state is strong and robust and can, or is close, to being able to stand on its own.

UA physician-scientist tackling neurogenerative disorders / Tucson News Now

A University of Arizona physician-turned-researcher is studying novel stem cell biology and its applications toward understanding and treating neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

NAU working as catalyst for region’s many interests / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)

NAU president Rita Cheng writes that while the university’s successes can’t be tracked through quarterly earnings reports, and especially research investments have long-term returns, NAU is an integral part and a result of a prosperous community.