Year: 2013

ASU iGEM 2014: Now Accepting Applications!

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We are recruiting new members for the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, iGEM. Never heard of iGEM before? Visit http://igem.org/About for more information and some examples of award-winning team projects.

What does the ASU iGEM experience look like?

  • Spring – meet with your teammates and advisors, develop a project idea, meet other budding teams across the Southwest
  • Summer (May – August) – use DNA as building blocks to develop a living cell that carries out an engineered function, such as blinking, toggle-switching, generating valuable chemical compounds…yes, biology can do that. Apply graphic design/ web page building to communicate the team’s project to the world, scientists, non-scientists, and students. Think forward…prepare to explain what impact your invention will have on a world in which your synthetic organism has not yet become a part of society.
  • Fall (October) – bring your results to the most exciting student research jamboree in the world, which takes place in Boston, MA. Return to ASU as celebrated heroes of bioengineering!

We are seeking undergraduate applicants with a minimum of some coursework that is relevant to synthetic biology (e.g., biology, molecular biology, circuit design, applied math/ calculus, relevant humanities course, graphic design, etc.).

You should definitely consider registering for Dr. Haynes’ course Molecular Synthetic Biology, or at least attend our research article discussions.

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Please complete the application online by Friday, February 21st. Send inquiries to the lead faculty advisor Dr. Haynes. DO NOT send your c.v./ resume/ or transcript at this time. We may ask for these items later in the selection process. We will follow up in early February and hold an in-person, group interview of the finalists in late February/ early March.

If you are not an undergraduate but want to get involved, please e-mail Dr. Karmella Haynes.

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Karmella Haynes is the December 2013 “Scientist to Watch”, The Scientist Magazine

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Karmella Haynes was selected as The Scientist magazine’s December Scientist to Watch.

“In 2011, at the Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology in Stanford, California, Karmella Haynes arrived at the designated spot to display her poster. Rather than standing idly by, however, she set the board on an easel, whipped out a paintbrush, and turned science into art.”

Read the full article, Turning the Dials, written by Kerry Grens, at The Scientist online.

ARCS Foundation Phoenix ASU Scholar Rene Davis Shares Her Summer Experience

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Recently, Haynes lab PhD student Rene Davis wrote a letter to the ARCS Foundation thanking them for their support ($7000 in 2013) and sharing her fantastic experience as a teaching assistant at the 2013 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory summer course in Synthetic Biology. ARCS published her letter on their website in the Scholar Spotlight section. You can read Rene’s letter here.

ASU Homecoming DNA Booth

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Students from synthetic biology labs at ASU organized a booth for the Engineering section of the annual ASU homecoming block party, which received thousands of visitors on Saturday afternoon. The “Machines for Visualizing DNA” booth was organized by Haynes lab PhD student Rene Davis.

Synthetic Biology Faculty Search at ASU

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The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University are seeking applicants for tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in Synthetic/ Systems Biology to grow our efforts in the important thrust area of health. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, therapeutics, stem cells/ regenerative medicine, cellular biomechanics/ engineering and cell signaling. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013; if not filled, reviews will occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is closed. Please read the Synthetic/ Systems Biology announcement for application details. A parallel faculty search is described in the Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering announcement.

Brady Laughlin selected for 2013 TGen internship

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Haynes lab undergraduate researcher Brady Laughlin has been selected for a summer 2013 internship at TGen. Helios Scholars at TGen is a paid, eight-week summer internship program in biomedical research open to Arizona high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical school students. Interns work full-time on a research project under the mentorship of a TGen scientist to unravel the genetic components of diabetes, neurological disease and cancer. At TGen North in Flagstaff, interns focus their summer research on public health and pathogens such as Valley Fever and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Congratulations, Brady!

Rene Davis receives a 2013 ARCS award

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Haynes lab Ph.D. student Rene Davis is a 2013 recipient of an Advancing Science in America (ARCS) Award. She was invited to the 38th annual ARCS Scholar Dinner at the Phoenix Art Museum on Friday, April 26, 2013, where she presented a poster for her project “Exploring Cell-Cell Communication to Engineer Living Biosensors.”