• New News

    New 8.5 Million Dollar Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center!

    Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center.

    Arizona State University has been awarded more than $8.5 million over five years from the National Cancer Institute to establish the Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center. The grant will establish ASU as a key player and the hub of an international network of research scientists who are dedicated to understanding cancer in an entirely new way.


    Carlo Maley will direct the new Arizona Cancer and Evolution center (ACE). He is a researcher in the Biodesign Institute and ASU's School of Life Sciences.


    Evolution is the theory of cancer. The new Arizona Cancer and Evolution (ACE) seeks to advance fundamental understanding of cancer and its clinical management through the development and application of evolutionary and ecological models to cancer biology.





  • boredom research

    Receives New Commission

    London-based artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith will be in residence at ASU Biodesign and the Institute of Cancer Research in London

    Boredom Research to Create New Digital Visualization of Cancer

    boredom research (aka Vicky Isley and Paul Smith) have been commissioned to create a new artwork, a digital visualization of cancer. This new work is scheduled to be shown at the CDC Gallery in Washington D.C., the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, the St. Joseph's Medical Facility in Phoenix and at the ASU Art Museum.


    It is our hope that this artwork will function on multiple levels. It will be a work of beauty, offsetting the sometimes sterile environment of a clinical facility, educate people about the science of cancer, comfort people who have cancer, and potentially act as a point of conversation between the patient and the clinicians.

  • New Art/Sci Installation


    Endless Forms Most Beautiful

    A cancerous cactus Garden


    This garden is a part of The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project; a collaboration with the Maley Lab, the Aktipis Lab, and Surrey Gardens (London).


    Support for the garden comes from the National Cancer Institute, the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, ASU Biodesign Institute, ASU Office of the University Architect and Facility Management Grounds Department, MOORE / SWICK Landscape Architects Partnership, Trueform, and Airpark Signs.



    Genetic mutations can create new and sometimes beautiful forms of life, like the crested cacti featured in this garden. Cells in these crested cacti get mutations during development that make them start growing out of control, creating beautiful sculptural forms as they develop. This condition is similar to cancer in humans and other animals. Part of being a multicellular organism means having cells that divide and can mutate during development. This is a garden of optimism because many forms of life - like the beautiful cacti in this garden - live with mutated cells.