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.


6/2014: Yeast gets a new hormone!
5/2014: The Aquarium code is nearly ready to be released. Want to be an alpha tester?
5/2014: PI Eric Klavins spoke at the 2014 TEDx event, independently organized by UW students.
4/2014: Congratulations to Sunny Rao, who has won an NSF Graduate Fellowship for 2014!!!
3/2014: The Klavins Lab bids farewell to Kevin Oishi, who has successfully defended and is starting a new position at Intellectual Ventures. Good luck Kevin! Come visit us often!
2/2014: Jeantine Lunshof, philosopher and bioethicist, will speak at the Future Synthetic Biology Discussion Series Feb. 27 at noon in 2nd floor conference room of MolES.
2/2014: You are looking at our new web page. The old one is here. We also have a new web page for the Aquarium project.
10/2013: New grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) as part of the new Semiconductor Synthetic Biology program (SSB). Subject: Finite State machines in Living Cells.
9/2013: New NSF grant with Georg Seelig -- The Molecular Programming II, a big project led by Erik Winfree at Caltech.

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