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?
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.
This ASU News article covers a new project in the Haynes lab that aims to apply synthetic chromatin to pancreas cell development, with implications for understanding and treating diabetes.
“In her synthetic biology lab, Karmella Haynes focuses much of her effort on developing better ways of exploring how human body cells work – or don’t work like they should. She’ll be applying her expertise in that area to a major new research endeavor to produce more effective treatments for diabetes. The project is being undertaken by the national Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC), which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). SynBERC members include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Medical School and Stanford University.”
The original article, written by Joe Kullman, is at the ASU News website.
Haynes lab undergraduate researcher David Barclay (BME) was awarded a Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) fellowship for Spring 2014. Congrats, David!
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 led by Haynes lab PhD student Rene Davis.
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University are seeking applicants for tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in Synthetic/ Systems Biology to grow our efforts in the important thrust area of health. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, therapeutics, stem cells/ regenerative medicine, cellular biomechanics/ engineering and cell signaling. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013; if not filled, reviews will occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is closed. Please read the Synthetic/ Systems Biology announcement for application details. A parallel faculty search is described in the Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering announcement.
Karmella Haynes was invited to serve as a project judge at the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures “geekStarter iGEM” workshop at the University of Calgary this past weekend. Alberta Innovates Technology Futures recognizes that the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) catalyzes undergraduate-led innovation, and has offered seed support for teams in Alberta for several years. This is the second year that Dr. Haynes has been invited to serve as judge.
The geekStarter workshops have been very effective in preparing Canadian teams for the final iGEM competitions. geekStarter supports teams of students in Nanotechnology, Information and Communications Technology and Omics (Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Regulomics) -based competitions. Past teams have competed at three international student competitions: iGEM, Microsoft Imagine Cup, and the Association for Computing Machinery – International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC).
Six teams presented their projects: Calgary Entrepreneurial (University of Calgary), Lethbridge Entrepreneurs (U. of Lethbridge), Calgary (U. of Calgary), Alberta (U. of Alberta), British Columbia (U. of British Columbia), and Lethbridge (U. of Lethbridge). The Best iGEM Entrepreneurial Project prize was awarded to Calgary Entrepreneurial. The Best iGEM Collegiate Project prize was awarded to Calgary. All six teams did an amazing job. They will continue to work on their projects for the upcoming iGEM North America Regional jamboree in Toronto on October 4th, where ~70 teams, including Arizona State University, will compete to advance to the World Championship in Boston, MA.
An abstract submitted by Haynes lab Ph.D. student Behzad Demadzadeh was selected for a poster presentation at the AZBio Awards event this fall. The event will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center on October 10, 2013. The AZBio Awards Poster Gallery showcases the latest advancements in bioscience research from Arizona’s High Schools, Community Colleges, Research Universities, and Medical Schools as well as from Industry Partners. Congratulations, Behzad!
$1k in funding was awarded to the Haynes lab to support Biomedical Engineering undergraduates Hiram Rivera-Passapera and Matsemela Moloi. The SynBERC Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for underrepresented minority undergraduates to gain research experience in SynBERC-supported labs during the academic year. Only ten positions in the country were offered and two of the slots went to the Haynes lab at ASU. Scholars will be invited to attend and participate in their local SynBERC retreat at UC Berkeley in the spring.