Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Professor of Bioengineering
Dept of Bioengineering
(510) 643-5678
Research Expertise and Interest
Systems and Synthetic Biology, Environmental Microbiology of Bacteria and Viruses, bioenergy, Biomedicine, Bioremediation
Research Description

The Arkin laboratory for systems and synthetic biology seeks to uncover the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and to exploit them for applications. To do so they are developing a framework to effectively combine comparative functional genomics, quantitative measurement of cellular dynamics, biophysical modeling of cellular networks, and cellular circuit design to ultimately facilitate applications in health, the environment, and bioenergy.

In the News

April 17, 2014

Berkeley Lab’s Adam Arkin Wins 2013 Lawrence Award

Arkin has been named one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The E.O. Lawrence Award, the DOE’s highest scientific honor, is recognizing Arkin “for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences."

October 8, 2012

A Welcome Predictability

Synthetic biology is the latest and most advanced phase of genetic engineering, holding great promise for helping to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems, including the sustainable production of energy fuels and critical medical drugs, and the safe removal of toxic and radioactive waste from the environment.

April 19, 2011

Agilent helps launch new synthetic biology center

Agilent Technologies Inc. has signed up to support the newly launched Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI), which will help advance efforts to engineer cells and biological systems in ways that could transform health and medicine, energy, the environment and new materials.

Featured in the Media

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June 10, 2019
Peter Fimrite
At Berkeley's Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space, or CUBES, bioengineering professor Adam Arkin is leading NASA-funded research into what plants and organisms could be genetically engineered to grow useful products in deep space. For example, Arkin says: "We have organisms that can take those sugars and make plastics out of them. ... We could literally make things that can be put into a 3-D printer, and the 3-D printer could create everything from tools to bioreactors to tables and chairs, ultimately." According to this reporter: "Some of Arkin's experiments are likely to be employed on the moon orbiter known as Gateway scheduled to launch in 2024. If all goes as planned, a whole slew of space-adapted organisms will be ready to go by 2033, the favored launch window for a manned mission to Mars." Link to slide show and video. For more on this, see the press release that was issued five years ago, when the grant was first announced.
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