Zack Harmer

Position title: Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Student



I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Utah in 2019.  I joined the Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD program at UW-Madison in 2019 and joined the McClean Lab.


I am interested in developing novel methods for multiplexing optogenetic signals and applying those to dynamically control microbial community structures.


Thomas E. Smith, Christopher D. Pond, Elizabeth Pierce, Zachary P. Harmer, Jason Kwan, Malcolm Zachariah, Mary Kay Harper, Thomas P. Wyche, Teatulohi K. Matainaho, Tim S. Bugni, Louis R. Barrows, Chris M. Ireland, Eric W. Schmidt. Accessing chemical diversity from the uncultivated symbionts of small marine animals. Nature Chemical Biology doi:10.1038/nchembio.2537. Epub 2018 Jan 1.

Yarrington RM, et al. Nucleosomes inhibit target cleavage by CRISPR-Cas9 in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1810062115. Epub 2018 Sep 10. (contributor)