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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students from synthetic biology labs at ASU organized a booth for the Engineering section of the annual ASU homecoming block party, which received thousands of visitors on Saturday afternoon. The “Machines for Visualizing DNA” booth was organized by Haynes lab PhD student Rene Davis.