Cameron A. Myhrvold

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Office Phone
Guyot Hall, M161


CRISPR-based technologies for studying viral and cellular RNA


The Myhrvold lab develops CRISPR-based technologies for studying viral and host RNA, with an emphasis on technologies that will allow us to better understand biological processes such as transcriptional regulation and RNA localization. We also apply these technologies to detect and destroy viral RNAs, with a focus on SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19.

Quantitative, highly multiplexed nucleic acid detection with Cas13

We are developing highly multiplexed Cas13-based technologies for quantitative nucleic acid detection. This builds on our massively multiplexed nucleic acid detection technology CARMEN. Initially, we will develop quantitative versions of CARMEN that will allow us to measure gene expression (rather than simply indicating the presence or absence of nucleic acids). We will also develop versions of CARMEN that are easier to deploy widely, allowing people to use CARMEN in resource-limited settings where there are many circulating viral infections.

Applying Cas13 to systematically study host-pathogen interactions

We will perform high-throughput experiments to understand the rules governing Cas13 targeting of viral RNA. We will also apply Cas13 to experimentally study host-pathogen interactions, using viruses such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2 as model systems. Our goal is to take a systems biology approach by simultaneously measuring the dynamics of a core set of viral and host genes involved in infection using CARMEN, while simultaneously altering infection conditions (such as multiplicity of infection, cells type, and viral or host genotype). We will follow up on these experiments with infections in animal models, harvesting cells from many different infected tissues.

Cas13-based technologies to perturb and readout RNA dynamics

CRISPR-Cas9 has revolutionized our ability to study and manipulate genomic information. Developing Cas13-based technologies can revolutionize the way we study and manipulate RNA. We are developing a variety of Cas13-based technologies to perturb and readout RNA in high throughput. We work closely with colleagues in the department to apply our new technologies to study diverse biological problems. Our work will advance the field of RNA biotechnology, allowing us to unlock the secrets of gene expression, regulation, and function.



Cameron Myhrvold will start as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University in January 2021. His work specializes in the development of CRISPR-based technologies for studying RNA, with an emphasis on detecting and destroying RNA viruses. He received a PhD in Systems Biology from Harvard in 2016. His PhD studies in synthetic biology and nucleic acid nanotechnology, supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowship, involved the development of three technologies that demonstrated a variety of applications for self-assembled nanostructures. During his postdoc, he turned his attention towards the RNA-targeting CRISPR effector protein Cas13, where he has led or co-led the development of four Cas13-based technologies, including CARMEN, CARVER, and SHINE.


  • A.B. Molecular Biology, Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Systems Biology, Harvard University

Selected Publications

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    Thakku S, Ackerman C, Myhrvold C, Bhattacharyya R, Livny J, Ma P, Gomez G, Sabeti P, Blainey P, Hung D. Multiplexed detection of bacterial nucleic acids using Cas13 in droplet microarrays. PNAS Nexus. 2022;1(1):pgac021. PMCID: PMC9013781
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    Metsky H, Welch N, Pillai P, Haradhvala N, Rumker L, Mantena S, Zhang Y, Yang D, Ackerman C, Weller J, Blainey P, Myhrvold C, Mitzenmacher M, Sabeti P. Designing sensitive viral diagnostics with machine learning. Nat Biotechnol. 2022;40(7):1123–1131. PMCID: PMC9287178
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    Kellogg E, Gootenberg J, Abudayyeh O, Wong A, Dahlman J, Lapinaite A, Myhrvold C, Liu C, Hsu P, Mali P, Qi L. What are the current bottlenecks in developing and applying CRISPR technologies?. Cell Syst. 2022;13(8):589–593. PMID: 35981511
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    Arizti-Sanz J, Bradley A, Zhang Y, Boehm C, Freije C, Grunberg M, Kosoko-Thoroddsen T-S, Welch N, Pillai P, Mantena S, Kim G, Uwanibe J, John O, Eromon P, Kocher G, Gross R, Lee J, Hensley L, MacInnis B, Johnson J, Springer M, Happi C, Sabeti P, Myhrvold C. Simplified Cas13-based assays for the fast identification of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. Nat Biomed Eng. 2022;6(8):932–943. PMCID: PMC9398993
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    Arizti-Sanz J, Bradley A, Zhang Y, Boehm C, Freije C, Grunberg M, Kosoko-Thoroddsen T-S, Welch N, Pillai P, Mantena S, Kim G, Uwanibe J, John O, Eromon P, Kocher G, Gross R, Lee J, Hensley L, Happi C, Johnson J, Sabeti P, Myhrvold C. Equipment-free detection of SARS-CoV-2 and Variants of Concern using Cas13. medRxiv. 2021;. PMCID: PMC8575147
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    Botti-Lodovico Y, Nair P, Nosamiefan D, Stremlau M, Schaffner S, Agignoae S, Aiyepada J, Ajogbasile F, Akpede G, Alhasan F, Andersen K, Asogun D, Ayodeji O, Badiane A, Barnes K, Bauer M, Bell-Kareem A, Benard M, Benevolence E, Blessing O, Boehm C, Boisen M, Bond N, Branco L, Butts M, Carter A, Colubri A, Deme A, DeRuff K, Diédhiou Y, Edamhande A, Elhamoumi S, Engel E, Eromon P, Fallah M, Folarin O, Fry B, Garry R, Gaye A, Gbakie M, Gevao S, Gionet G, Gladden-Young A, Goba A, Gomis J, Happi A, Houghton M, Ihekwuazu C, Iruolagbe C, Jackson J, Jalloh S, Johnson J, Kanneh L, Kayode A, Kemball M, Kingsley O, Koroma V, Kotliar D, Mehta S, Metsky H, Michael A, Mirhashemi M, Modjarrad K, Momoh M, Myhrvold C, Naregose O, Ndiaye T, Ndiaye M, Ndiaye A, Normandin E, Odia I, Oguzie J, Okogbenin S, Okokhere P, Okolie J, Olawoye I, Olumade T, Oluniyi P, Omoregie O, Park D, Paye M, Petros B, Philippakis A, Priscilla A, Ricks A, Rimoin A, Sandi J, Schieffelin J, Schreiber M, Seck M, Siddiqui S, Siddle K, Smither A, Sy M, Sy N, Tomkins-Tinch C, Tomori O, Ugwu C, Uwanibe J, Uyigue E, Victoria D, Vinzé A, Vodzak M, Welch N, Wurie H, Zoumarou D, Grant D, Ndiaye D, MacInnis B, Sabeti P, Happi C. The Origins and Future of Sentinel: An Early-Warning System for Pandemic Preemption and Response. Viruses. 2021;13(8). PMCID: PMC8402630
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    Arizti-Sanz J, Freije C, Stanton A, Boehm C, Petros B, Siddiqui S, Shaw B, Adams G, Kosoko-Thoroddsen T-S, Kemball M, Gross R, Wronka L, Caviness K, Hensley L, Bergman N, MacInnis B, Lemieux J, Sabeti P, Myhrvold C. Integrated sample inactivation, amplification, and Cas13-based detection of SARS-CoV-2. bioRxiv. 2020;. PMCID: PMC7265687
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    Ackerman C, Myhrvold C, Thakku S, Freije C, Metsky H, Yang D, Ye S, Boehm C, Kosoko-Thoroddsen T-S, Kehe J, Nguyen T, Carter A, Kulesa A, Barnes J, Dugan V, Hung D, Blainey P, Sabeti P. Massively multiplexed nucleic acid detection with Cas13. Nature. 2020;582(7811):277–282. PMCID: PMC7332423
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    Freije C, Myhrvold C, Boehm C, Lin A, Welch N, Carter A, Metsky H, Luo C, Abudayyeh O, Gootenberg J, Yozwiak N, Zhang F, Sabeti P. Programmable Inhibition and Detection of RNA Viruses Using Cas13. Mol Cell. 2019;76(5):826–837.e11. PMCID: PMC7422627
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    Myhrvold C, Freije C, Gootenberg J, Abudayyeh O, Metsky H, Durbin A, Kellner M, Tan A, Paul L, Parham L, Garcia K, Barnes K, Chak B, Mondini A, Nogueira M, Isern S, Michael S, Lorenzana I, Yozwiak N, MacInnis B, Bosch I, Gehrke L, Zhang F, Sabeti P. Field-deployable viral diagnostics using CRISPR-Cas13. Science. 2018;360(6387):444–448. PMCID: PMC6197056
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