Student Research

Daniel Vargas to present at MSBW3.0

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Congratulations to Haynes lab PhD student Daniel Vargas, who has been invited to give a poster presentation at the Third Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop (MSBW3.0) at MIT in Boston, MA May 21-21, 2016. He will present the group’s latest work on investigating the dynamics of epigenetic regulation in human cells. Daniel is a second-year graduate student in the Biological Design program. Special thanks to the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) for supporting his travel expenses.


Haynes lab members to present research at UC Berkeley

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Several Haynes lab members will present their latest research at the 2016 Synberc Spring Retreat at UC Berkeley March 22-25.

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Jiaqi Wu to Present at IBE 2016

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Congratulations to Haynes lab undergraduate researcher Jiaqi Wu, who has been invited to give a poster presentation at the 2016 Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) Conference in Greenville, SC April 7-9, 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Haynes Lab Students to Present Research at UC Berkeley

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Congratulations to the following Haynes Lab students who will present posters at the 2014 Spring Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) Retreat on March 24 – 26 at UC Berkeley.

  • Rene Davis (PhD student) – “Investigating quorum sensing orthogonality using a modular, Escherichia coli-based platform” Authors: Rene Davis and Karmella A. Haynes
  • David Barclay (Undergrad, FURI) – “Epigenetic engineering of pancreatic cells with DNA-packing actuators and sensors” Authors: David Barclay, Behzad Damadzadeh, and Karmella A. Haynes
  • Matsemela “Zazu” Moloi (Undergrad, SynBERC Scholars Program) – “Teaching Digital PCR with OpenPCR and a Blue Light Fluorimeter” Authors: Matsemela Moloi, Hiram Rivera-Passapera, Kathryn Scheckel, and Karmella A. Haynes

Rene Davis receives a 2014 ARCS Award

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In recognition of her outstanding scientific achievements, Rene Davis, has been awarded $7,000 from the Phoenix Chapter of ARCS Foundation, Inc. for the 2014-2015 academic year. Rene’s “Papadopoulos Scholar” award is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Papadopoulos from Paradise Valley, AZ. We thank them for their generous support of cutting-edge science and training of a talented future innovator. Rene will present a poster at the annual awards dinner at the Arizona Biltmore, Gold Room on April 25th.

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.

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!