Lauren LuiStaff Scientist
Lauren Lui is a postdoctoral fellow in the Arkin Lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was born and raised in Northern California and has been bumming around the UC system her whole career. She studied mathematical biology and bioinformatics at UC Davis, and received her PhD in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics from UC Santa Cruz. Ever since she started doing research, Lauren has sought to integrate quantitative and computational methods with experimental biology. As an undergraduate she studied vernal pool ecology and DNA supercoiling. As a graduate student she used RNAseq and bioinformatics to study small RNAs in archaea. Currently, her postdoctoral research projects include dissecting plant-microbe interactions with transposon mutant libraries, using synthetic microbial communities to understand the ecological and genetic factors of microbial interactions, and metagenomics of environmental microbes. Her ultimate goal is to be able to predict microbial interactions and community assembly from genome content and environmental measurements. In addition to her scientific work, Lauren is the co-secretary for the Women Scientists and Engineers Council at LBNL and loves doing photography, playing the ukulele, and illustrating with graphic arts.