Synthetic biology is making an impact at Arizona State University. Articles recently published in the major news outlets for the University describe the recent SEED conference (Synthetic Biology Engineering, Evolution and Design), which took place in Scottsdale, AZ in June 2018. There were over 400 attendees from across the US and the globe. The articles also discuss synthetic biology research taking place in the lab of Dr. Karmella Haynes (SEED 2018 Co-Chair), and the labs of Dr. Xiao Wang, Dr. Samira Kiani (SEED 2018 Co-Chair), David Nielsen, Mo Ebrahimkani (session chair), and Cheryl Nickerson (invited speaker). The articles also feature quotes from Jim Collins (invited speaker, MIT) and Julius Lucks (SEED 2019 Co-Chair, Northwestern U).
- 08.02.18. Kullman, J. Full Circle. Synthetic Biology Sparks Promise of Medical, Energy Advances.
- 08.08.18. Kullman, J. ASU Now. Synthetic Biology Sparks Promise of Medical, Energy Advances.
Haynes lab PhD student Alyssa Henning (Biological Design) recently participated in local Comic Con and cultural events in Phoenix. The first event was Phoenix Comic Con on May 25 – 28 where she was invited to talk about real-life science as a panelist. At a Japanese pop culture event called Saboten Con (September 4), Alyssa and the Sun Devil Taiko club (of which she is an officer) won an award for their musical performance.
- 05.24.17. Faller, MB. ASU Now: Sun Devil Life. ASU Experts Bring Real-Life Science to Phoenix Comicon.
- 05.28.17. Reiser, L. AZ Family. ASU Student Looks at Science of Comicon.
ASU Full Circle recently highlighted the emerging Molecular, Tissue, and Cellular Bioengineering (MCTB) community at ASU and the second annual MCTB Symposium, co-chaired by Karmella Haynes.
J. Kullman, 07.27.17, ASU Full Circle: There are more technically precise descriptions of what’s at the core of a growing trend broadening the horizons of biomedical engineering than “the soft, squishy side of bioengineering.” But Karmella Haynes and Kaushal Rege still like the way that sums up what they and about 20 other Arizona State University faculty members are increasingly focusing on in their research and teaching.”
Read more at ASU Full Circle.
P. Zrioka, 01.13.17, ASU In The Loop: Recent findings from Assistant Professor of biomedical engineering Karmella Haynes may chart a new course in cancer treatment with the use of custom-built, therapeutic proteins. The work, published January 9 in the Nature Partner Journal Genomic Medicine, details how Haynes and her co-authors engineered proteins that activate anti-cancer genes in cancer cells.”
Read more at In The Loop.
L. Berry, 11.16.16, Global Engage. Karmella Haynes, at the Arizona State University, is one of the first synthetic biologists to engineer chromatin. It is a development that could ultimately treat diseases like cancer, through enabling large-scale changes in gene expression.
Read more at Global Engage.
J. Kullman, 11.04.16, Full Circle: Alyssa Henning earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Penn State University. She chose to come to ASU to pursue a doctoral degree in biological design in the Fulton Schools in large part because of the opportunity to work with faculty members whose expertise is in the emerging field of synthetic biology. At Cornell she got involved in the top collegiate synthetic biology challenge — the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, known as iGEM — which led her to meet synthetic biologist and Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Karmella Haynes.
Read more at ASU Full Circle.
Dr. Karmella Haynes will discuss the lab’s latest research at the interface of chromatin engineering and CRISPR with Science Friday host Ira Flatow this Friday, November 4th on Public Radio International (PRI). Arizona listeners can tune in to NPR station KJZZ at 12 noon to listen.