Jennifer Haynes, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She received her B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Throughout her training, Dr. Haynes’ primary research focus has been cancer cell biology. Her research projects have been diverse, and include studying conserved cellular processes such as cell cycle, signal transduction, transcriptional regulation, polarity, and cytoskeleton remodeling.
Previously, Dr. Haynes was a Research Associate at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, where she investigated new therapeutic strategies for targeting colorectal cancer stem cells. In addition, she established a panel of long-term epithelial organoid cultures from human colorectal cancer tissue, representing different mutation profiles and molecular subtypes. Her current research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying alterations in nutrient transport in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and IBD-related cancer, primarily using three dimensional organoid culture models derived from human small intestine and colon stem cells.