Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

A message from Panch

Learn about recent awards, our success in patent rankings and newly appointed National Academy of Inventors Senior Members. 

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

As we begin a new semester, I’d like to share some useful resources, upcoming events and news with you.

First of all, congratulations are in order. Drs. Jennifer Barrila, Yuji Zhao and Sefaattin Tongay were awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July. These awards are the highest honor the U.S. government grants to young scientists and engineers at the outset of their individual research careers. In addition, Drs. Terry Alford, Devens Gust and Andreas Spanias were recently named Senior Members by the National Academy of Inventors. They are among the 54 academic inventors named to the Spring 2019 class of NAI Senior Members, recognized for their efforts to cultivate an innovative mindset and mentor the next generation of inventors.

If you didn’t hear the news earlier this summer, ASU moved into the top 10 for universities worldwide for U.S. patents awarded in 2018. We’re now ranked No. 10 — a jump from No. 17 — by the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. This accomplishment is a testament to the culture of innovative entrepreneurship and problem-solving driven by our faculty, students and researchers.

In award news, the Biodesign Institute was awarded a major grant by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The project aims to build a field-deployable point-of-care device to rapidly determine if a person has been exposed to weapons of mass destruction or their precursors. The project will be led by Biodesign Executive Director Joshua LaBaer and co-principal investigator Vel Murugan, and is a reflection of ASU’s ability to forge partnerships capable of solving grand challenges on a global scale.


Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan
Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Chief Research and Innovation Officer

Free Agave computer cluster workshop

This short workshop is an introductory overview of the Agave cluster, a high-performance computing resource that can be used to accelerate and/or scale computational research. This will also serve as a how-to session. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and preregister for accounts on Agave. Attendees can suggest use cases employing specific software packages. Additional computing resources will also be discussed.

Date: Monday, Aug. 27
Time: noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Biodesign  A L1-10/14

This workshop is sponsored by ASU Research Computing.

Tools and training
TEC Talks: Supercharge your imaging with ImageJ

A beautiful image of cellular phenomena is interesting and informative, but how do you extract quantitative data? This TEC Talk will focus on the effective use of ImageJ, a set of open source tools for analysis of micrographs. Examples will include bright-field, fluorescent, and live cell images. This will be an interactive workshop so attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and questions. Datasets will be available for download. To participate in real time, please download FIJI from: before the seminar. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: Biodesign, lower level AL1-10/14
Sponsoring Core: ASU Bioimaging
Presenter: Jordan Yaron, PhD, expert imaging consultant, Biodesign Imaging Core

TEC Talks is a seminar and workshop series presented by ASU Core Research Facilities.

Tools and training
Free OpenMP workshop Aug. 7

ASU Research Computing is hosting a free, hands-on OpenMP workshop conducted by Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Aug. 7 at Biodesign Institute Building B, room 105 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty, staff and students who work in this field of research are welcome to attend. 

The OpenMP Application Program Interface provides a portable, scalable model for developers of shared memory parallel applications. This workshop will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom training platform and is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP.  

Tools and training
Core Research Facilities expansions
500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer

ASU is investing more than $4 million in new instruments for Core Research Facilities that will enhance and enable new faculty research. This will include a new 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (contact Samrat Amin for more information). Additionally, we have launched a new flow-cytometry facility and will soon add stem cell capabilities (contact David Brafman for more information).

The BNI-ASU Center for Preclinical Imaging has also been renewed. The center, a partnership between ASU and Barrow Neurological Institute, provides state-of-the-art imaging technology and expertise for researchers in the Phoenix area.

Tools and training
Research Development by the numbers

ASU Research Development offers a variety of services and resources to help you identify and successfully compete for research funding. We provide a transparent and equitable system for selecting the most competitive proposals for limited submissions opportunities, create competitive intelligence reports to give you actionable insights for your proposal strategies, host dozens of events every year to discuss and plan for opportunities, circulate special funding opportunities, and more. Check out our "Research Development by the numbers" report to see how much we accomplished in 2017. Download our one-pagers to learn more about our limited submissions and internal competition process, and visit to learn more about how we can help you.

Tools and training