Eric Klavins, 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.


4/2017: New Paper on BioXRiv: A pre-zygotic barrier in yeast for engineering protein-protein interactions
11/2016: New Paper on BioXRiv: Synthetic Self-Destructive Altriuism
6/2016: Proud to announce the UW BIOFAB, an Aquarium-Enabled lab that will build your strains for you!
4/2016: Nick and Arjun highlighted in ACS Synthetic Biology and on the cover!
2/2016: Prof. Klavins has been promoted! He is now a Professor and not just an Associate Professor!
12/2015: Chris Takahashi defended his thesis! Congratulations Chris and we wish you luck in your future endeavors. Don't be a stranger!
12/2015: Miles Gander passed his qualifying exam! Congratulations, Miles!
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.

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