Engineering new approaches to cancer research

October 26, 2009

Deirdre Meldrum, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is a key member of a team leading a new Arizona State University research center that will embark on a novel approach to understanding and treating cancer.

Meldrum directs the Center for Ecogenomics at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. The center will play a role in work for the new Center for Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology at ASU. Download Full Image

It’s one of 12 Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers being supported by the National Cancer Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to pursue development of new methods of arresting tumor growth and metastasis in the fight against cancer.

Research at the Center for Ecogenomic focuses in part on the study of the fundamental mechanisms governing the birth, growth and decline of human cells with the aim of better understanding and finding ways to combat the most widespread diseases and other threats to human health.

ASU’s new cancer research center will use technology developed in Meldrum’s ecogenomics lab, specifically a medical imaging technology called cell CT. Pioneered by researcher Roger Johnson and Alan Nelson, it enables true three-dimensional computed tomography imaging of individual cancer cells.

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Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Grewal selected as inaugural Visiting Associate Professor of Law

October 26, 2009" target="_blank">Andy Grewal, the College of Law's inaugural Visiting Associate Professor of Law, developed his interest in tax law while at the University of Michigan Law School.

"Tax law was different from the first-year courses I had taken," he said. "I liked the technical, statutory nature of it. There are as many unanswerable questions in tax as in any other area of the law, but I enjoyed the rigorous approach to finding a solution in the face of inescapable ambiguity." Download Full Image

Grewal first thought about an academic career while earning an LL.M. in taxation at the Georgetown University Law Center.

"At Michigan, I was too busy trying to learn tax law to even think about teaching or publishing," Grewal said. "But with the extensive help of my faculty mentor, Albert Lauber, producing original scholarship became feasible."

Grewal came to the College of Law from private practice with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.

He will teach international, corporate and federal income taxation.

"I greatly enjoyed working in private practice and learned more than I thought possible," he said. "Anyone interested in a career in tax law would be lucky to spend time at a place like Skadden. But, at ASU, it's nice to be able to focus on the tax issues that I want to, as opposed to having my work dictated by client needs."

The Visiting Associate Professor of Law Program prepares recent law school graduates for careers in legal academia.

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