Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
The Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at ASU's Biodesign Institute manages microbial communities that provide services to society. Most of the services make our society more environmentally sustainable, such as generating renewable energy and cleaning polluted water and soil. However microbial services also make humans healthier and it's now believed that the microbiome can be mined to find diagnostic biomarkers for many other diseases.
Directed by Regents Professor Bruce Rittmann, the Swette Center also partners with other universities nationally and globally, bringing renowned visiting scholars to ASU from countries as diverse as Spain, France, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, India, China, Korea, Brazil and Mexico.