ASU’s Dr. Carl Yamashiro’s Innovative Teaching Approach Gives Diagnostics Students Real-World Experience; His Outstanding Efforts Have Been Recognized by 2020 Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year Award

Carl Yamashiro ( and at end), PhD, an Associate Clinical Professor at the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University(ASU), has been named the 2020 Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZ Bio) for his innovation and creativity in preparing the next generation of biomedical diagnostics professionals. In 2014, Dr. Yamashiro joined the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics, a partnership created by ASU President Michael Crow, PhD, and College of Health Solutions Professor of Practice Mara Aspinall, MBA, with Dublin City University in Ireland to offer the first Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics degree. This degree is designed to provide a more holistic understanding of biomedical diagnostics by joining the technology and science of diagnostics with a business and application approach. Dr. Yamashiro’s extensive experience in the diagnostics industry-- combined with his academic expertise--has been instrumental in developing an innovative degree program where students apply their diagnostics knowledge to real-world health challenges. Part of that industry-academia connection is the Applied Projects course (, the degree’s culminating experience Dr. Yamashiro created that has partnered with 40 companies, organizations, and institutions from Arizona, the U.S., and around the world to offer teams of students hands-on experience and the opportunity to build relationships with industry leaders. The students work to solve issues within these companies and organizations, putting into practice all the skills and knowledge they have gained from their biomedical diagnostics courses.
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