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.

TEDx: Programming Biology


3/2022: New paper: Modular, robust and extendible multicellular circuit design in yeast by Carignano et al.
9/2021: David Younger's Company A-Alpha Bio secures $20M series A
1/2021: A paper on Aquarium!!!
4/2020: Prof. Klavins now the chair of the UW ECE department
3/2020: New paper:Automated design of thousands of nonrepetitive parts for engineering stable genetic systems
5/2019: Yaoyu Yang's paper on an auxin-based bistable switch controlling antibiotic resistance in yeast has been published
6/2018: Arjun Khakar and David Younger get their PhDs
4/2018: Arjun Khakhar's paper on hormone responsive CRISPR transcription factors in plants, which he calls HACRs, has been published
10/2017: David Younger's new paper is now up on PNAS: High-throughput characterization of protein–protein interactions by reprogramming yeast mating

Open Positions

We frequently have positions available for postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, staff members, and undergraduate assistants. See here for more information.

Contact Info


  • Klavins Lab
  • University of Washington
  • Campus Box 352500
  • Seattle, WA 98195