Student Research

PhD Defense – Congratulations to Rene Daer

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Rene_PhD_defenseBiological Design PhD student Rene Daer just successfully defended her thesis “Expanding Applications of Portable Biological Systems: Enhancements to Mammalian Gene Editing and Bacterial Quorum Sensing” today at 3 – 5 pm in Biological Design Auditorium B. Thank you to all of the friends, family, and colleagues who came to show their support.

This day is especially exciting since Dr. Rene Daer will my (Dr. Haynes’) first PhD graduate. On behalf of the Haynes lab, I hope this training experience launches a fun and fruitful career!

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Haynes Lab Members to Present Research at Fall 2017 EBRC Retreat

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ebrc_logo3Haynes lab members Alyssa Henning, Ben Nyer, and Dr. Karmella Haynes will be presenting research at a 2017 Fall Retreat organized by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). The retreat will take place at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA September 22 – 23, 2017. EBRC members include some of the most prestigious labs in synthetic biology. Attendees will come from academic, industry, and government institutions from across the country.

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Rene Daer to present at SEED 2017

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Congratulations to Haynes lab PhD student Rene Daer, who has been invited to give a poster presentation at the 2017 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference in Vancouver, Canada May 21-21, 2016. She will present her latest work on manipulating chromatin in human cells to enhance CRISPR efficiency. Rene is a fifth-year graduate student in the Biological Design program.

Haynes Lab to present research at ASBMB Meeting in Chicago

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Research abstracts from the Haynes lab have been selected to be showcased at the 2017 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) annual meeting. ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with over 12,000 members. This year’s meeting will be held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL April 22 – 26, 2017. Dr. Karmella Haynes will be presenting a talk entitled In Vitro Development of Synthetic Chromatin Proteins That Function in Live Cells on Tuesday April 25 during the Spotlight Session Beyond the Code: Chemistry of Nucleotide and Amino Acid Modifications. For the poster session Protein Engineering and Design, also on April 25th, her doctoral student Stefan Tekel (Biological Design, PhD) will present a poster entitled Using Multivalency to Improve the Function of Synthetic Epigenetic Proteins. Dr. Haynes will also be presenting a poster.

Support: NIH NCI award (K01 CA188164) to K. Haynes, SBHSE Merit Award to S. Tekel

Haynes Lab members to present research at Northwestern University

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Haynes lab PhD students Cassandra Barrett, Rene Daer, and Daniel Vargas will present their research during a poster session at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL for a retreat organized by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). The retreat will take place Friday March 24 – Saturday March 25.

EBRC is an organization where leading scientists in synthetic biology conduct collaborative research and roadmap the development of this rapidly evolving field. Members include top Universities from across the USA. Dr. Haynes is a member of the Board of Directors. Rene Daer is president of the student and postdoc association.

News: Intent on Making Big Impacts

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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.

Haynes Lab Members to Present Research at 2016 EBRC Retreat

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ebrc_logo3Several Haynes lab members including Cassandra Barrett, Rene Daer, David Nyer, Stefan Tekel, and Daniel Vargas will be presenting research at a 2016 Fall Retreat organized by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). The retreat will take place at CalTech in Pasadena, CA November 1 – 3, 2016. EBRC members include some of the most prestigious labs in synthetic biology. Attendees will come from academic, industry, and government institutions from across the country.

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