Cole Haynes Laboratory

Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with multiple pathologies including Parkinson’s disease, cancer, bacterial infection, and metabolic disorders as well as general aging. We investigate how cells adapt to survive the cause of mitochondrial dysfunction and ultimately recover mitochondrial activity.

We primarily focus on an intracellular signaling pathway known as the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt).We’ve made significant progress towards understanding how cells monitor mitochondrial function and adapt transcription accordingly if the mitochondrial pool is compromised. Cells simply monitor mitochondrial protein import efficiency using the transcription factor ATFS-1 as a sentinel.

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The Cole Haynes Lab

Cole Haynes, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Focus

Cell biologist Cole Haynes focuses on the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial function during development, aging, and cancer cell growth.


PhD, University of Missouri Kansas City


Selected Achievements

  • 2016 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Young Investigators Award
  • Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging (2015)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb/James D. Robinson III Junior Faculty Chair (2014)
  • Boyer Award in Basic Research (2014)
  • Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging (2011)
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  • Gerstner Young Investigator (2010)
  • Alfred W. Bressler Scholar (2010)

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