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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Eric Bass

Undergraduate Student

Eric is a sophomore in the MCB Department at UC Berkeley.

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    Scarleth Chalen

    Research Assistant

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


      Anatori Prieto

      Undergraduate Student

      Anatori is a senior in the Bioengineering Department at UC Berkeley.

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        Rithu Pattali

        MCB Rotation Student

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

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          Maria Torres-Colon

          MCB Rotation Student

          Born and raised in Puerto Rico. First year MCB student graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao with a major in Biology. My rotation project is engineering new CRISPRoff transcriptional repressors.


            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