Karmella Haynes is an assistant professor in synthetic biology at Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and head judge for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at Washington University, St. Louis. Postdoctoral fellowships at Davidson College and Harvard Medical School first introduced her to synthetic biology. Her work on bacterial computers was featured on NPR’s Science Friday and was recognized as “Publication of the Year” in 2008 by the Journal of Biological Engineering. Today, her research aims to control therapeutic genes by engineering human chromosomes. Dr. Haynes is motivated to share mammalian cell resources through open-source repositories so that the scientific community can cooperatively work towards rationally designed therapeutics.