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Behind the science: meet the faces of the lab!

The Lab

February 1, 2023

Big smiles from the lab's first solo lab meeting!

A picture of Abby Wang, Sara Smith, Ben Rubin, Leo Song, Amanda Alker, and Sophia Swartz at a laboratory meeting.

Abby, Sara, Ben, Leo, Amanda, and Sarah (from left to right)! 


January 10, 2023

The lab welcomes Amanda with members of the Cress Lab!


Leo, Sarah, Kate, Amanda, Ben, and Brady (from left to right).

The Lab

January 9, 2023

Amanda Alker joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She will be developing microbial community editing techniques and applying them to new systems (such as plant-root microbiomes!). 


A picture of Amanda.


December 14, 2022

The Rubin Lab holds its first annual holiday dinner with friends from the Cress Lab! (Also, check out our Twitter launch!)


Great food and good company!

A hand pipetting into a petri dish with several bacterial colonies


October 4, 2022

New Gift Supports Precision Microbiome Editing Technology Development at the IGI, by Andy Murdock | Innovative Genomics Institute

A $2.5 million gift from the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation supports BiomeForge's research efforts on developing microbiome editing technology.  

The Lab

September 26, 2022

The Rubin Lab takes its first group photo featuring all the members of the lab!

A group picture of the Rubin Lab

Abby, Sara, Ben and Leo (from left to right)! 

The Lab

August 23, 2022

Abby Wang joins the Rubin Lab as an undergraduate graphic designer and researcher, designing this website and working on other graphical tasks! 

A picture of Abby

A picture of Abby.

The Lab

August 2, 2022

The Rubin Lab sets up its first lab space at the Innovative Genomics Institute Building! 

The Rubin Lab space at the IGIB!

The Lab

August 1, 2022

The Rubin Lab starts at UC Berkeley, focusing on the applications of microbiome editing. Its first members are Ben Rubin, Leo Song, and Sara Smith!

Group picture of Leo, Ben, and Sarah from left to right.

Leo, Ben, and Sara (from left to right)! 

A graphical image of DNA being edited


July 26, 2022

From infant poop to trance music, here’s a play-by-play of a CRISPR experiment, by Hayden Field | Morning Brew

A fantastic article featuring Ben and colleagues discussing the experimental process and how they employ CRISPR to edit gut microbiomes. 

An illustration of "good" and "bad" microbes


May 17, 2022

A toolkit for microbial community editing, by Susannah G. Tringe | Nature Reviews Microbiology

An article detailing how microbial community editing works and its current status in research. 

Picture of Ben Rubin, Spencer Diamond, and Brady Cress


February 18, 2022

A new strategy for editing DNA within microbial communities using CRISPR-Cas9 technology, by Kristina Campbell | Microbiome Times

A conversation with Ben, Brady Cress, and Spencer Diamond on how microbiomes can be edited, the strategies, and its applications for future research.  

A picture of petri dish with bacteria colonies


December 13, 2021

Genome editing in complex microbial communities, by Immy Mobley | Front Line Genomics

Front Line Genomics covers the new findings and strategies characterized by Ben and colleagues to edit genomes of microorganisms in microbial communities as published in Nature Microbiology

A dart board with three arrows in the center


December 8, 2021

CRISPR editing within microbial communities, by Linda Koch | Nature Reviews Genetics

A research highlight detailing how the editing approaches ET-seq (environmental transformation sequencing) and DART (DNA-editing all-in-one RNA-guided CRISPR–Cas transposase) were developed and are currently being applied to edit microbiomes. 

A picture of ET-seq, a genomic tool editing kit


December 6, 2021

DART takes aim at community editing, by Connie W. Y. Ha & Suzanne Devkota | Nature Microbiology

DART (DNA-editing all-in-one RNA-guided CRISPR–Cas transposase), one of the methods used to conduct community editing, is explained. 

Ben Rubin, Brady Cress, and Spencer Diamond looking at a petri dish


December 6, 2021

CRISPRing the Microbiome is Just Around the Corner, by Robert Sanders | Innovative Genomics Institute

An article from the Innovative Genomics Institute discussing the exciting applications of CRISPR to modify microbiomes. The article goes into depth on Ben, Brady Cress, and Spencer Diamond's work. 

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