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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.

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The Lab

July 1, 2024

Sarah begins her position as the Rubin lab full-time lab manager! 


The Lab

May 10, 2024

The lab is thrilled to congratulate Leo, who will be continuing with the lab as a grad student this upcoming fall!


The Lab

April 5, 2024

Sophia passes her qualifying exam with flying colors!


The Lab

December 10, 2023

The Rubin Lab at the International Conference on Microbiome Engineering 2023!

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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