The Garcia Lab

Physical Biology of the Embryo
@ UC Berkeley

Our mission is to understand, predict, and control developmental programs

Over the last few decades, impressive progress has been made in uncovering how embryonic development is driven by genes connected in complex regulatory networks. Our research goal is to endow these networks with quantitative and molecular information that makes it possible to precisely predict how the gene expression patterns that dictate cellular identity are prescribed by input activators and repressors, and the arrangement of binding sites for these transcription factors on the DNA. We test our models by systematically varying DNA regulatory architecture and by inventing new technology to perform precision measurements of the flow of information along the central dogma.

Latest News

January 2022

Hernan was named a 2021 Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, an award which provides funding with the goal of building engaged, collaborative communities of Bay Area scientists from Stanford University, UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley to undertake creative and innovative research that will help solve the biggest challenges in biomedicine. Congratulations Hernan!!
And we are excited to welcome Andrea, a physics rotation student, who will be joining the lab for the spring semester!

November 2021

We are excited to welcome Joey, an MCB grad student who will be rotating in our lab for the next few months!

September 2021

We have a new website!
And we are excited to welcome two Biophysics rotation students, Kahmina and Arman, to the lab!

August 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Armando Reimer on completing his Ph.D.!!
Also, we are excited to welcome Yovan, a new Physics PhD student, to the lab!

July 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Liu on receiving his Ph.D.!! We wish you the best of luck at the CZI Biohub!
Also, we are thrilled to welcome Julia Falo-Sanjuan, a new joint postdoc with the Eisen Lab, to our lab!

May 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Alamos on completing his Ph.D.!! We wish you the best of luck in the Shih Lab!
Also, we are excited to welcome a new Physics PhD student to the lab, Yasemin!
And congratulations to three of our undergraduate researchers - Sydney, Clay, and Pirooz - for graduating with their Bachelor's!