Center for Applied Structural Discovery

The Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery was established to develop revolutionary techniques to reveal the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and offer new approaches to medicine.

Petra Fromme, director and professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, brings together experts in physics, biology, engineering and chemistry, who work to create detailed knowledge about how drugs interact with their intended targets to accelerate the discovery and development of effective therapies, particulary in cancer, cystic fibrosis, pain treatment and dangerous pathogens.

One key tool in use at the center is the revolutionary BioXFEL laser, a recently-invented pulsed hard X-ray laser that promises to open up a new world to biology, science and human health. 

ASU's Biodesign Institute is also home to the world's first CXFEL laser that will provide X-ray pulses so short that they outrun all X-ray damage processes. As a result, scientists can conduct novel science to explore the structure and dynamics of nature and materials as never before.