Our lab welcomes scientists from all backgrounds regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic background, or other historically marginalized groups. We strive to foster an inclusive lab environment where black, brown, and underrepresented scientists will thrive in. We celebrate diversity and its power to drive the creativity needed to make innovative scientific discoveries.


James Nuñez, PhD

Principal Investigator

James is an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at UC Berkeley, a Hanna Gray Fellow of HHMI, and an Investigator of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Previously, he was a postdoc fellow with Jonathan Weissman at UCSF and earned his PhD at UC Berkeley in Jennifer Doudna's lab. James is interested in all things CRISPR and chromatin biology. Outside the lab, you will likely find James on a tennis court or outdoors on his bike or hiking boots.

contact: jamesnunez[at]berkeley.edu

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    Nikita Divekar, PhD


    Nikita earned her PhD from Northwestern University.

    contact: nsd178[at]berkeley.edu



        Da Xu, PhD


        Da earned his PhD at the University of Science and Technology of China.



            Scarleth Chalen Ulloa

            Research Assistant

            Scarleth earned her bachelor's degree at the University of San Francisco.

            contact: scarleth[at]berkeley.edu


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                Rithu Pattali

                MCB Graduate Student

                Rithu is a second year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department, joint with Jennifer Doudna.


                contact: rithupattali[at]berkeley.edu


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                  Izaiah Ornelas

                  MCB Graduate Student

                  Izaiah is a second year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department.

                  contact: izaiah_ornelas[at]berkeley.edu




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                    Eric Bass

                    Undergraduate Student

                    Eric is a junior studying Business Administration and MCB with an emphasis in biochemistry and molecular biology.

                    contact: ericbass[at]berkeley.edu



                        Carolyn Nguyen

                        Undergraduate Student

                        Carolyn is a first-year studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an neurobiology concentration.


                        contact: carolyndvn[at]berkeley.edu



                            Postdoc • Graduate Student • Research Assistant • Undergraduate Student • Visiting Scholar

                            We accept graduate students from the Molecular and Cell Biology PhD program. Postdocs, research assistants, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars should reach out to James: jamesnunez [at] berkeley [dot] edu


                                Former Rotation Students

                                Former Undergraduate Students

                                Anatori Prieto, Ted Llera (McNair Scholar), Paulina Rios (Summer Amgen Scholar), Michelle Adutwum (Summer UCSF SSRP/CIRM Scholar), Lily Baulete (Summer Intern)

                                Maria Torres-Colon, Anna Horacek, Kevin Wasko, Sergio Mares, Michael Young