Dr. Haynes among “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America”
Dr. Haynes has received recognition by Cell Mentor (Cell press) as one of “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.” Honorees were selected by The Community of Scholars, a group of Persons Excluded because of their Ethnicity or Race (PEER) composed of postdoctoral fellows, early-stage investigators, instructors, and consultants with a common passion to advance scientific discovery while innovating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Dr. Haynes comments on CRISPR in PBS/ NOVA documentary
Dr. Haynes was interviewed by Dr. Alok Patel for a documentary called “Gene Editing Reality Check,” which aired on PBS/ NOVA on September 9, 2020. Dr. Haynes, who has investigated the behavior of CRISPR in the context of the human nucleus, was asked to comment on the current practical limitations of CRISPR. The remainder of the documentary discusses how other scientists are working to improve CRISPR, as well as the ethical implications of gene editing in human cells. A special thank-you to the production team for a brilliantly coordinated COVID-safe taping session online: Caitlin Saks, Ana Acevees, and Jay Colamaria. Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8vi_PdGrKg
Dr. Haynes featured in Gingko Bioworks “Grow” Magazine
Dr. Haynes is featured in a biographical article about her career path leading up to her current work in chromatin epigenetic engineering at Emory University. The article is published in “Grow,” a new bioengineering magazine from the Boston-based biotech company Gingko Bioworks. The article “The Cell Conductor” uses music composition and tuning to describe the dynamics of gene expression in healthy and cancer cells, and to explain Dr. Haynes’ approach to control gene behavior through protein engineering. She also shares some pivotal moments in her life, including overcoming barriers of racial discrimination and marginalization, and invaluable scientific training opportunities.
- Neimark J. 06.23.2020. “The Cell Conductor.” Grow Magazine.
News: Benchling Scientist Spotlight features Dr. Haynes
Dr. Haynes has been featured in a Scientist Spotlight article at Benchling.com. The article, “Karmella Haynes: Synthetic Biologist, Artist, Advocate, and Ultimate Puzzle Solver,” describes how Dr. Haynes’ fascination with art, puzzle-solving, and curiosity about the natural world led to a career in science, as well as her motivations for minority inclusion in STEM fields.
02.12.19. Helfrich, L. Benchling Blog. Karmella Haynes: Synthetic Biologist, Artist, Advocate, and Ultimate Puzzle Solver.
News: Synthetic Biology highlighted in ASU News
Synthetic biology is making an impact at Arizona State University. Articles recently published in the major news outlets for the University describe the recent SEED conference (Synthetic Biology Engineering, Evolution and Design), which took place in Scottsdale, AZ in June 2018. There were over 400 attendees from across the US and the globe. The articles also discuss synthetic biology research taking place in the lab of Dr. Karmella Haynes (SEED 2018 Co-Chair), and the labs of Dr. Xiao Wang, Dr. Samira Kiani (SEED 2018 Co-Chair), David Nielsen, Mo Ebrahimkani (session chair), and Cheryl Nickerson (invited speaker). The articles also feature quotes from Jim Collins (invited speaker, MIT) and Julius Lucks (SEED 2019 Co-Chair, Northwestern U).
- 08.02.18. Kullman, J. Full Circle. Synthetic Biology Sparks Promise of Medical, Energy Advances.
- 08.08.18. Kullman, J. ASU Now. Synthetic Biology Sparks Promise of Medical, Energy Advances.
News: Haynes lab grad student Alyssa Henning gets creative with science outreach
Haynes lab PhD student Alyssa Henning (Biological Design) recently participated in local Comic Con and cultural events in Phoenix. The first event was Phoenix Comic Con on May 25 – 28 where she was invited to talk about real-life science as a panelist. At a Japanese pop culture event called Saboten Con (September 4), Alyssa and the Sun Devil Taiko club (of which she is an officer) won an award for their musical performance.
Sun Devil Taiko also performed at Culture Fest on Tuesday, August 15th. You can watch a recorded performance of Ogi Matsuri and Taiko Bayashi online.
- 05.24.17. Faller, MB. ASU Now: Sun Devil Life. ASU Experts Bring Real-Life Science to Phoenix Comicon.
- 05.28.17. Reiser, L. AZ Family. ASU Student Looks at Science of Comicon.
News: “Soft” Side of Bioengineering Poised to Make Big Impacts
ASU Full Circle recently highlighted the emerging Molecular, Tissue, and Cellular Bioengineering (MCTB) community at ASU and the second annual MCTB Symposium, co-chaired by Karmella Haynes.
J. Kullman, 07.27.17, ASU Full Circle: There are more technically precise descriptions of what’s at the core of a growing trend broadening the horizons of biomedical engineering than “the soft, squishy side of bioengineering.” But Karmella Haynes and Kaushal Rege still like the way that sums up what they and about 20 other Arizona State University faculty members are increasingly focusing on in their research and teaching.”
Read more at ASU Full Circle.
News: Karmella Haynes Publishes Paper on Custom-Built, Therapeutic Proteins For Cancer Treatment
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
L. 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.
News: Intent on Making Big Impacts
J. Kullman, 11.04.16, Full Circle: Alyssa Henning earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Penn State University. She chose to come to ASU to pursue a doctoral degree in biological design in the Fulton Schools in large part because of the opportunity to work with faculty members whose expertise is in the emerging field of synthetic biology. At Cornell she got involved in the top collegiate synthetic biology challenge — the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, known as iGEM — which led her to meet synthetic biologist and Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Karmella Haynes.
Read more at ASU Full Circle.