Dr. Daryl Gohl

Group Leader, UMGC Innovation Lab; Assistant Research Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology


Dr. Daryl Gohl's work focuses on developing new techniques for genomics-based measurements and genetic manipulation of complex biological systems. He has applied such methods to diverse problems, from accurately measuring microbial communities (microbiomes), to studying the nervous system, to infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and to the recent coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Gohl was part of the team that sequenced the zebra mussel genome, and is now working (together with Dr. Michael McCartney and Dr. Scott Ballantyne) to use this genomic information to develop methods to genetically manipulate zebra mussels and to identify a genetic achilles heel that could aid biocontrol efforts. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Gohl is a Co-Founder and Senior Scientific Advisor of CoreBiome, Inc. (now Diversigen, Inc.) a microbiome analysis company based in New Brighton, MN. A native of Central Minnesota, Daryl enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping throughout the state with his family.


  • B.A. Environmental Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Princeton University

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