Prof. Karmella Haynes, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University

Karmella Haynes, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University, leads a lab ( that uses the features of chromatin to engineer proteins that control gene expression in human cells. During her previous faculty position at ASU (2011 – 2018), she was Chair of the first SEED conference to be held in Arizona. After joining Emory in 2018, she launched the NSF-funded annual AfroBiotech conference. She is a SynBioLEAP leadership development alum, a founder of the Cold Spring Harbor Summer Course on Synthetic Biology, a member of the national Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), and Judge Emeritus for the annual International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition. SUPPORT: Prof. Karmella is interested in international mentorship of iGEM teams within the continent of Africa, and in advising student collaborations between African-American students in America (who lack global connections) and students in Africa

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