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News: Building proteins to counteract cancer

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J. Kullman, 11.10.14, ASU Now: Karmella Haynes wants to help the body fight cancer by designing proteins to stop the disease. Haynes, a synthetic biologist at Arizona State University, is leading research to explore the capability of genetically engineered proteins to reactivate tumor suppressors inside body cells to prevent the onset of cancer, or arrest its development.

Read more at ASU Now.


Making strides in synthetic biology research

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N. Pierce & J. Kullman, 04.15.2013, ASU Full Circle: Arizona State University is beginning to establish its place on the map in the burgeoning field of synthetic biology. Notable strides in research are being made by faculty members and students in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Assistant professor Karmella Haynes was recently the featured speaker on the subject of advances in synthetic biology for the Arizona Science Center’s New Frontiers in Medical Science lecture series.

Read more at ASU Full Circle.

See also:

  • N. Pierce & J. Kullman, 04.13.2013, ASU News: Making strides in synthetic biology research.
  • N. Pierce & J. Kullman, 04.15.2013, Bioscience Technology: Making strides in synthetic biology research.


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.

Scottsdale ‘stone woman’ to get treatment using her own stem cells

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04.29.2013, 3TV News: Dr. Karmella Haynes, a stem cell expert at Arizona State University said this is just the beginning for stem cell therapy using a person’s own stem cells. “Just recently we’ve seen scientists start to develop stem cell therapies that address different types of diseases, spinal cord therapies, brain tissue diseases, replacing the heart muscle,” Haynes said. “There is even an example of replacing a lost tooth.”

Read more at the 3TV website.

ASU women honor STEM role models

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03.18.2013, ASU Research Matters: March is Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Project declared this year’s theme “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” celebrating women’s extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) … Karmella Haynes: I am lucky to have several role models who are women and strong leaders in the STEM fields. One I’d like to highlight is Tuajuanda Jordan, a scientist, professor, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lewis & Clark in Oregon.

Read more at ASU Research Matters.

Engineering students’ research in spotlight at major biomedical conferences

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J. Kullman, 11.13.2012, ASU Full Circle: Caroline Hom, a senior biomedical engineering major and Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Fellow, presented her work on a project titled “Synthetic Biology and Bioinformatics for Predictable Control of Therapeutic Genes.”

Read more at ASU Full Circle.

Student team wins gold in synthetic biology competition

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S. Leander, 10.19.2012, ASU News: A team of Arizona State University undergraduates earned a gold medal and a spot in the international championship event for one of the world’s premiere student engineering and science competitions. In addition, the ASU team won the prestigious “Best Human Practices Advance” award. This award is presented to teams working to find new ways to help people address the impacts of ongoing advances in biotechnology.

Read more at ASU News.