Masters – Masters Thesis Fellows Fall 2017

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The Haynes Lab at ASU is seeking Masters Thesis Fellows in the area of synthetic and systems biology for mammalian epigenetic engineering. Masters level training in the Haynes Lab will help you to develop expertise in skills that are highly attractive to the biomedical engineering and biotechnology industry: molecular cloning and DNA design; cancer molecular biology; mammalian cell culture, engineering, and analysis; protein engineering; CRISPR/Cas9 applications; and/or bioinformatics. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Haynes to Present at Lawrence University’s Recent Advances in Biology

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Dr. Haynes was invited to present her research in the seminar series Recent Advances in Biology hosted by the Biology Department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. The organizers of Recent Advances in Biology invite select speakers from other Universities to addresses issues and advances in biological research. The presentations expose students to the latest discoveries in a wide range of biological disciplines. Dr. Haynes will present a talk on engineering proteins to control gene expression in cancer cells on Monday, April 10.

Postdoc – Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2017 Search

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The Haynes Lab at ASU is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the area of synthetic and systems biology for mammalian epigenetic engineering. Required qualifications include a doctorate (PhD) in molecular cell biology,  bioengineering, biomedical engineering or a related field, and demonstrated evidence of research capability and commitment to mentoring excellence. Start date: August 2017 – January 2018. Please send a cover letter and cv to

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: Karmella Haynes Publishes Paper on Custom-Built, Therapeutic Proteins For Cancer Treatment

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P. Zrioka, 01.13.17, ASU In The Loop: Recent findings from Assistant Professor of biomedical engineering Karmella Haynes may chart a new course in cancer treatment with the use of custom-built, therapeutic proteins. The work, published January 9 in the Nature Partner Journal Genomic Medicine, details how Haynes and her co-authors engineered proteins that activate anti-cancer genes in cancer cells.”

Read more at In The Loop.

News: Synthetic Biology And Cancer Treatment: Bottlenecks To Translation

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global_engage_logoL. Berry, 11.16.16, Global Engage. Karmella Haynes, at the Arizona State University, is one of the first synthetic biologists to engineer chromatin. It is a development that could ultimately treat diseases like cancer, through enabling large-scale changes in gene expression.

Read more at Global Engage.

Dear students: if you see me at the protest today

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I’ll begin with two key points:

  1. Students who defend diversity and social justice, this professor supports you.
  2. A professor (myself) will be at today’s campus protest. I will not have a sign and I will not be chanting. I will be taking photos. Sometimes protests spark dangerous situations; sometimes people will only act their worst when they think no one of authority is watching.

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Shortly after, several walk-outs and protests have occurred. Before you assume that people are simply pouting over “not getting their way,” consider that there are many reasons why people protest. Protesting the election result isn’t my reason. As far as I understand, any vote-rigging and election fraud that may have occurred happened as must as has happened in other elections. Fixing these instances would still yield the same outcome.

My motivation to participate is to be on the better side of the international image of the USA. When the message is “we are not Trump” I support that.

A professor from Columbia University published an open letter to his students that I feel echoes my own sentiments and is very inspiring. Please live a wonderful day today with your humanity principles to lead it.


Dr. Karmella Haynes