Lang Lab

functional historical genomics 

for plant responses to climate change

The lab is opened its doors in January 2024 at UC Berkeley's Plant and Microbial Biology Department! 

How can plants respond to climate change? 

Which molecular mechanisms are modulated to generate these responses? 

How does this change plant development?


We time-travel through the last ~200 years by following phenotype and genotype changes in historical herbarium specimens, and combine herbarium genomics, population genetics, evolution and molecular biology to functionally understand plant developmental responses to environmental change on day- to century-scales.

In our lab, we believe that science is for everyone, and by nature a collaborative endeavor that lives from, and thrives through integrating diverse ideas and perspectives. Through science communication, outreach and open doors we work on breaking down barriers and strive towards making science more visible, accessible and inclusive.