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DNA-level editing of microbial communities for understanding and control.
  • Microbial communities are major contributors to the uptake and release of greenhouse gasses and are critical regulators of human health; however, efforts to precisely engineer their constituents' DNA are nascent. Our laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley brings DNA-editing tools to microbiomes.

  • In the short term, this approach should provide understanding of the interactions and unstudied organisms within communities.

  • Over the longer term, community editing offers a precise means for controlling microbiomes that are instrumental to our health, agriculture, climate, and industry.


The Lab

May 8, 2023

Welcoming Sophia Swartz who is joining the Rubin Lab as a graduate student!


The Lab

May 2, 2023

Huge congratulations to undergraduate researcher Sara Smith who will be attending UCSF’s bioinformatics program later this fall!


The Lab

April 21, 2023

Congratulations to Abby Wang for receiving a UC Berkeley 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)!



April 17, 2023

The Rubin Lab is excited to be part of IGI's new initiative for developing precision microbiome editing solutions, the recipient of $70M in funding from the Audacious Project.

Diversity and Belonging

​​The Rubin Lab intentionally cultivates an inclusive, diverse, welcoming, and empathetic lab environment. We recognize that there are historical and institutional structures in science that marginalize under-represented communities. Accordingly, we strive to work consciously to dismantle these structures and foster a diverse community.

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