People

Dr. Karmella A. Haynes, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor
Ira A. Fulton School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Biosketch: Online at SciENcv
E-mail: karmella.haynes at asu dot edu

Bio: Karmella Haynes is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University. She earned her Ph.D. studying epigenetics and chromatin in Drosophila at Washington University, St. Louis. Postdoctoral fellowships at Davidson College and Harvard Medical School introduced her to synthetic biology. Today, her research aims to identify how the intrinsic properties of chromatin, the DNA-protein structure that packages eukaryotic genes, can be used to control cell development in tissues. Her HHMI postdoctoral fellowship project on bacterial computers was recognized as “Publication of the Year” in 2008 by the Journal of Biological Engineering. As an assistant professor at ASU, Dr. Haynes received an NIH Young Faculty Award (K01) and a Arizona Biomedical Early Stage Investigator Award (AZ ESI). She is currently a Director of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), a SynBioLEAP alum, and Advisor and Judge Emeritus for the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition. She is a two-time featured guest on PRI’s Science Friday.


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David Nyer, M.S.

Research Technician
B.S., Biochemistry, M.S., Molecular & Cell Biology

David goes by Ben. He is from Boston, MA, USA.

 

 


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Cassandra Barrett, B.S.

Ph.D. student, Biological Design c/o 2019

Dean’s Fellow (2015)

Cassandra is from Lawrence, KS, USA.

 

 


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Rene Davis, B.S.

Ph.D. student, Biological Design c/o 2017

ARCS Scholar (2013-2016)

Rene is from Corona, CA, USA.

 

 


Alyssa Henning, M.S.

Ph.D. student, Biological Design c/o 2020

NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2014 – 2019)
Dean’s Fellow (2016)

Alyssa is from Bakerfield, CA, USA.

 

 


Stefan Tekel, B.S.

Ph.D. student, Biological Design c/o 2017

Stefan is from…

 

 

 


Daniel Vargas, B.S.

Ph.D. student, Biological Design c/o 2018

BRIDGE Fellow (2014-2016)

Daniel is from Mesa, AZ, USA.

 

 


Jiaqi Wu

Undergrad researcher, Computer Science c/o 2018

Barrett Honors CollegeFURI Fellow (2016), iGEM (2016)

Jiaqi is from Peoria, AZ, USA.

 

 


PhD Rotation Students, Fall 2017

None this semester


MS Applied Project Students, Fall 2017

None this semester


Undergraduate Volunteers, Fall 2017

None this semester


Alumni & Past Members

2017

Ernesto Luna – BS 2017, School of Molecular Sciences, iGEM (2016)
Jimmy Xu – BS (pending) Biomedical Eng., Barrett Honors College, Flinn Fellow (2014), FURI Fellow (2016), iGEM (2016)

2016

David Barclay – BS 2016 Biomedical Eng., Barrett Honors, FURI Fellow; Research Intern at Harvard Medical School
Brady Dennison – BS (pending) Biology, FURI Fellow, iGEM 2016
Brittany Flores – BS (pending) Biomedical Eng., WAESO Fellow, iGEM 2016
Theodore Kyriacou – BS (pending) Biomedical Eng., FURI Fellow
Baylee Murphy – BS 2016 Biomedical Eng., Synberc Scholar
Chuquan Shang – MS (non-thesis) Biomedical Eng.
Jan Simper – BS 2016 Biomedical Eng., Barrett Honors, FURI Fellow, TGen Helios Scholar; IRTA Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at the NIH
David Tze – BS 2016 Biomedical Eng., FURI Fellow; Clinical Research Coordinator at the Southwest Kidney Institute

2015

Cameron L. Gardner – BS 2015, Barrett Honors, Finance & Biomedical Eng., FURI Fellow; PhD student at Dartmouth
Ryan Muller – BS 2015 (SOLS), Barrett Honors, Biochem. and Mol. Biol., SOLUR Fellow; PhD student at UC Berkeley
Alexander Ellingson – MS (non-thesis), Biomedical Eng.

2014

Behzad Damadzadeh – MS 2014, Biomedical Eng.
Matsemela “Zazu” Maloi – BS 2015, Synberc Scholar
Hiram Rivera-Passapera – BS 2014, Synberc Scholar; Student at SUNY Upstate Medical University

2013

Caroline Hom – BS 2013, Biomedical Eng., FURI Fellow; Senior Post-Market Quality Engineer at Stryker
Amanda Ispas – BS, Biomedical Eng., FURI Fellow
Brady Laughlin – BS, Biomedical Eng., Barrett Honors, FURI Fellow, TGen Helios Scholar

2012

David Dreher – MS (non-thesis), Biomedical Eng.; PhD student at ETH Zurich
Wesley Houston – MS (non-thesis), Biomedical Eng.
Vi Nguyen – MS (non-thesis), Biomedical Eng.; PhD student at ASU

2011

Derek Sanchez – MS (non-thesis), Biomedical Eng. c/o 2013