User:Rene M Davis

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About René

I am a graduate student in the Biological Design Graduate Program at Arizona State University. I am mentored by Dr. Karmella Haynes in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering.

Contact Info


René M Davis
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Send me an email at Rene.Davis at ASU dot edu


  • 2017 (expected), PhD in Biological Design, Arizona State University
  • 2008, BS in Biology, California Institute of Technology


  • 2011-2012, Rotation student in Dr. Julian Chen's lab
  • 2009-2010, Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Kevin Morris’ lab, Delivery of therapeutic RNA-aptamer constructs to alter HIV expression.
  • 2009, Intern at City of Hope, Dr. John Rossi’s lab, Design of siRNAs and DNA constructs for therapeutic use against HIV latency.
  • 2004, Lab Tech, Adamson Analytical Labs, Gas and high performance liquid chromatography lab procedures.

Teaching Experience

  • 2013, Teaching Assistant for Cold Spring Harbor Synthetic Biology Course
  • 2012-2013, Mentor for Biomedical Engineering (BME) Undergraduate Research Program
  • 2012-2013, Mentor for Bioscience High School Internship Program
  • 2012, Mentor for ASU International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) Team
  • 2012, Grant Reviewer for Graduate Research Support Program
  • 2009-2010, Mentor for undergraduate students in molecular biology lab techniques at Scripps
  • 2008-2009, Math and science tutor with h-bar Tutoring
  • 2008-2009, Assistant Coach, Caltech women’s basketball
  • 2004-2009, Math and science tutor

Research interests

  • Synthetic Biology
  • AHL quorum sensing
  • Metabolic Engineering

Lab Notebooks


  • Moe-Behrens GHG, Davis RM, Haynes KA. (2013) Preparing synthetic biology for the world. Front. in Microbio. PMCID: PMC3554958