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Congratulations to the ASU 2017 iGEM Team

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The 2017 ASU International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) team brought home a Gold medal and two nominations for competitive prizes. The team presented their project “EVR QST: Engineering Variable Regulators for a Quorum Sensing Toolbox” to a panel of judges (academic, policy, and industry professionals) and an international audience. The 2017 iGEM Giant Jamboree took place in Boston, MA at the Hynes Convention Center on November 9 – 13, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dr. Haynes to present research at Harvard Systems Biology Retreat

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Dr. Haynes was invited to present her research at the Harvard Medical School Systems Biology Retreat at Seabasco Resort in Phippsburg, Maine. The Systems Biology retreats enable current and former department members to discuss science as a community. Dr. Haynes will present a talk on engineered proteins that bind aberrant marks in cancer cells on Thursday, June 8.

Congratulations Spring 2016 Graduates!

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Congratulations to David Barclay, Baylee Murphy, Mara Peterson, and Jan Simper, all graduating seniors who did research in the Haynes lab.

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Haynes to present at Enzymes in Drug Discovery Summit

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Dr. Karmella Haynes will present her latest progress in chromatin protein engineering at the GTCbio “Epigenetic Enzymes in Drug Discovery Summit,” which will take place March 1 – 2, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Read the rest of this entry »

Haynes Receives Grant from Women and Philanthropy

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Getting a grant is extremely exciting, especially for a young PI who has to find support after she has exhausted her start-up funds. In addition to receiving new funding, something else truly amazing happened. My science-communication skills were challenged like they had never been before. Read the rest of this entry »

ASU iGEM 2014: Now Accepting Applications!

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We are recruiting new members for the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, iGEM. Never heard of iGEM before? Visit http://igem.org/About for more information and some examples of award-winning team projects.

What does the ASU iGEM experience look like?

  • Spring – meet with your teammates and advisors, develop a project idea, meet other budding teams across the Southwest
  • Summer (May – August) – use DNA as building blocks to develop a living cell that carries out an engineered function, such as blinking, toggle-switching, generating valuable chemical compounds…yes, biology can do that. Apply graphic design/ web page building to communicate the team’s project to the world, scientists, non-scientists, and students. Think forward…prepare to explain what impact your invention will have on a world in which your synthetic organism has not yet become a part of society.
  • Fall (October) – bring your results to the most exciting student research jamboree in the world, which takes place in Boston, MA. Return to ASU as celebrated heroes of bioengineering!

We are seeking undergraduate applicants with a minimum of some coursework that is relevant to synthetic biology (e.g., biology, molecular biology, circuit design, applied math/ calculus, relevant humanities course, graphic design, etc.).

You should definitely consider registering for Dr. Haynes’ course Molecular Synthetic Biology, or at least attend our research article discussions.

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Please complete the application online by Friday, February 21st. Send inquiries to the lead faculty advisor Dr. Haynes. DO NOT send your c.v./ resume/ or transcript at this time. We may ask for these items later in the selection process. We will follow up in early February and hold an in-person, group interview of the finalists in late February/ early March.

If you are not an undergraduate but want to get involved, please e-mail Dr. Karmella Haynes.

Happy Holidays!

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Our tree is decorated with materials from around the lab, and is topped with a portrait of Charles Darwin donning a festive Santa hat.