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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.

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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]

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Nikita Divekar, PhD


Nikita earned her PhD from Northwestern University.

contact: nsd178[at]



    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]


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        Rithu Pattali

        MCB Graduate Student

        Rithu is a second year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department, jointly advised by Dr. Jennifer Doudna.


        contact: rithupattali[at]


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          Izaiah Ornelas

          MCB Graduate Student

          Izaiah is a second year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department and a recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a UC Berkeley Mentored Research Award.

          contact: izaiah_ornelas[at]





            Anna Christenson

            MCB Graduate Student

            Anna is a first year PhD student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department. 

            contact: anna_christenson[at]



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              Eric Bass

              Undergraduate Student

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


              contact: ericbass[at]


                Carolyn Nguyen

                Undergraduate Student

                Carolyn is a first-year studying Molecular and Cell Biology. 


                contact: carolyndvn[at]

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                  Peter Colias

                  Undergraduate Student

                  Peter is a third year Molecular and Cell Biology major with an emphasis on Genetics, Genomics & Development.


                  contact: pjcolias[at]


                    Jerry Roberts

                    Undergraduate Student

                    Jerry is a third year studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an Emphasis in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology. 


                    contact: jerryroberts[at]



                      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 Undergraduate Students

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

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