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 and a Hanna H. Gray Fellow of HHMI. 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 exploring the great outdoors on his bike or hiking boots.

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Nikita Divekar, PhD


Nikita received her PhD from Northwestern University.

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    Scarleth Chalen

    Research Assistant

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

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      Eric Bass

      Undergraduate Student

      Eric is a sophomore in the MCB Department at UC Berkeley. Outside of the lab you may find him with his dog or working on this lab website.

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        Izaiah Ornelas

        MCB Rotation Student

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


          Michael Young

          MCB Rotation Student

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


            Sergio Mares

            Computational Biology Rotation Student

            Sergio is a first year PhD rotation student in the Center for Computational Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.



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

              We are building our young lab and recruiting new members! 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


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                Maria Torres-Colon

                Born and raised in Puerto Rico. First year MCB student graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao with a major in Biology.

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                Rithu Pattali

                Interested in epigenome and genetic engineering, and truly believe that leveraging nature’s cellular toolbox for genetic manipulation will provide new avenues for combating debilitating diseases in the future.


                Anatori Prieto

                Anatori is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.