ENIGMA Project Scientist Lauren Lui is profiled on LBL Basics2Breakthroughs, filmed for LBNL’s 90th anniversary. She uses the latest bioinformatics technology to study microbes so we can learn how their genes shape the environment.
Her ultimate goal is to be able to predict microbial interactions and community assembly from genome content and environmental measurements.
Dr. Lauren Lui is a computational project scientist in the Arkin Lab. She studied mathematical biology and bioinformatics at UC Davis, and received her PhD in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics from UC Santa Cruz. She has experience in microbiology, RNA library sequencing, comparative genomics of prokaryotic genomes, and RNA bioinformatics. Her research includes microbial genome assembly, metagenomics assembly and analysis, gene annotation, and 16S amplicon analysis. She developed an HMW DNA extraction pipeline & nanopore sequencing capability for ENIGMA; and uses synthetic communities to study microbial interactions. In addition to her scientific work, Lauren is the co-secretary for the Women Scientists and Engineers Council at LBNL.