Eric Klavins, Associate Professor

The Klavins lab develops synthetic living systems, re-engineered organisms, and engineered parts for existing organisms. Our particular emphasis is on designing gene circuits and cell-cell communication systems that enable novel multicellular behaviors in bacteria or yeast. We take an engineering approach to this challenge, and are interested in the whole pathway from modeling and design of new systems to fabrication and testing of new living systems.


11/2015: Coral: Nick Bolten's DNA Design Software -- initial release!
10/2015: Infinity Box: Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: Genetics and Synthetic Biology. Showing October 15-18.
9/2015: DAWGMA: A new undergraduate synthetic biology team!
8/2015: Tileli Amimeur wins best poster at IWBDA 2015! Congratulations!
7/2015: New UW Innovation Fund Award to help commercialize Aquarium!
6/2015: Auxin cell-cell communciation in the UW news.
6/2015: New paper: Cell-cell communication in yeast using auxin biosynthesis and auxin responsive CRISPR transcription factors. Accepted to ACS Synthetic Biology.
6/2015: Yaoyu Yang passed his general exam, and Nick Bolten passed his qualifying exam. Congrats!
5/2015: Nick Bolten and his team win first place at "Hack the Commute" with Hackcessible!

Open Positions

We have positions available for postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, a programmer, a system administrator, and undergraduate assistants. See here for more information.

Contact Info


  • Klavins Lab
  • University of Washington
  • Campus Box 352500
  • Seattle, WA 98195
  • (206) 616-1743