Eric Klavins, Professor

The Klavins lab develops synthetic living systems, re-engineered organisms, and engineered parts for existing organisms. The emphasis is on designing gene circuits and cell-cell communication systems that enable novel multicellular behaviors in bacteria, yeast, and plants. Klavins is interested in the full stack from modeling and design to fabrication and testing of new living systems. His current projects include synthetic multicellular systems, machine-learning enabled protein engineering, and laboratory automation.

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