Student Research

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
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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!

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.”

Haynes lab undergraduates to speak at the 2013 IBE conference

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Congratulations to Caroline Hom (Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative fellow) and the 2012 ASU iGEM team members Khateeb Hyder Hussain, Ryan Muller, Nisarg Patel, and Abhinav Markus (FURI) for being invited to give oral presentations at the 2013 Institute for Biological Engineering conference this week!

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Congratulations! Three Haynes lab undergraduates got research funding.

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Congratulations to Abhinav Markus, Amanda Ispas, and Brady Laughlin for getting research support from the Fulton Undergraduate Research initiative (FURI) for 2013.