Bassem Al-Sady, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address513 Parnassus Ave, HSW, #1532
San Francisco CA 94143
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    Oxford University, Oxford, United KingdomMaster of Biochemistry2000Biochemistry
    University of California Berkeley, BerkeleyPh.D.2006Plant and Microbial Biology
    University of California, San Francisco 09/2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    National Institutes of Health2016  - 2021New Innovator Award (DP2)

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    Tracking how molecular machines propagate epigenetic information in time and space
    NIH R35GM141888Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Probing heterochromatin growth and memory dynamics in live single cells
    National Science Foundation (NSF) 2113319Jun 15, 2021 - May 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: The goals of this project are to discern 1. the mechanisms that encode the memory of gene repression and 2. the intra-cell cycle dynamical modes of repressive chromatin assembly, using mathematical modeling and microfluidics-based single-cell measurements.
    Reconstructing dynamic epigenetic genome partitioning in single stem cells
    NIH DP2GM123484Sep 30, 2016 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. A systematic quantitative approach comprehensively defines domain-specific functional pathways linked to Schizosaccharomyces pombe heterochromatin regulation. bioRxiv. 2024 Feb 15. Muhammad A, Sarkadi Z, van Emden T, Mazumder A, Capella M, Fekete G, Sreechakram VNS, Al-Sady B, Papp B, Barrales RR, Braun S. PMID: 38405799; PMCID: PMC10888830.
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    2. Regulation of the heterochromatin spreading reaction by trans-acting factors. Open Biol. 2023 Nov; 13(11):230271. Hamali B, Amine AAA, Al-Sady B. PMID: 37935357; PMCID: PMC10645111.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    3. A dual, catalytic role for the fission yeast Ccr4-Not complex in gene silencing and heterochromatin spreading. Genetics. 2023 08 09; 224(4). Challal D, Menant A, Goksal C, Leroy E, Al-Sady B, Rougemaille M. PMID: 37279920; PMCID: PMC10411572.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    4. Proteome effects of genome-wide single gene perturbations. Nat Commun. 2022 Oct 18; 13(1):6153. Öztürk M, Freiwald A, Cartano J, Schmitt R, Dejung M, Luck K, Al-Sady B, Braun S, Levin M, Butter F. PMID: 36257942; PMCID: PMC9579165.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    5. Local chromatin context regulates the genetic requirements of the heterochromatin spreading reaction. PLoS Genet. 2022 05; 18(5):e1010201. Greenstein RA, Ng H, Barrales RR, Tan C, Braun S, Al-Sady B. PMID: 35584134; PMCID: PMC9154106.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. The histone chaperone FACT facilitates heterochromatin spreading by regulating histone turnover and H3K9 methylation states. Cell Rep. 2021 11 02; 37(5):109944. Murawska M, Greenstein RA, Schauer T, Olsen KCF, Ng H, Ladurner AG, Al-Sady B, Braun S. PMID: 34731638; PMCID: PMC8608617.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Heterodimerization of H3K9 histone methyltransferases G9a and GLP activates methyl reading and writing capabilities. J Biol Chem. 2021 11; 297(5):101276. Sanchez NA, Kallweit LM, Trnka MJ, Clemmer CL, Al-Sady B. PMID: 34619147; PMCID: PMC8564726.
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    8. Set1/COMPASS repels heterochromatin invasion at euchromatic sites by disrupting Suv39/Clr4 activity and nucleosome stability. Genes Dev. 2020 01 01; 34(1-2):99-117. Greenstein RA, Barrales RR, Sanchez NA, Bisanz JE, Braun S, Al-Sady B. PMID: 31805521; PMCID: PMC6938669.
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    9. Epigenetic fates of gene silencing established by heterochromatin spreading in cell identity and genome stability. Curr Genet. 2019 Apr; 65(2):423-428. Greenstein RA, Al-Sady B. PMID: 30390097; PMCID: PMC6452905.
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    10. Noncoding RNA-nucleated heterochromatin spreading is intrinsically labile and requires accessory elements for epigenetic stability. Elife. 2018 07 18; 7. Greenstein RA, Jones SK, Spivey EC, Rybarski JR, Finkelstein IJ, Al-Sady B. PMID: 30020075; PMCID: PMC6070336.
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    11. Chromatin Curtains: A Single-Molecule Method for Visualizing Histone Marks on Chromatin Substrates In Vitro. Biophysical Journal. 2018 Feb 1; 114(3):254a. Jensen JL, Al-Sady AB, Redding RS. .
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    12. Sensitive and Quantitative Three-Color Protein Imaging in Fission Yeast Using Spectrally Diverse, Recoded Fluorescent Proteins with Experimentally-Characterized In Vivo Maturation Kinetics. PLoS One. 2016; 11(8):e0159292. Al-Sady B, Greenstein RA, El-Samad HJ, Braun S, Madhani HD. PMID: 27479698; PMCID: PMC4968791.
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    13. Molecular convergence of clock and photosensory pathways through PIF3-TOC1 interaction and co-occupancy of target promoters. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Apr 26; 113(17):4870-5. Soy J, Leivar P, González-Schain N, Martín G, Diaz C, Sentandreu M, Al-Sady B, Quail PH, Monte E. PMID: 27071129; PMCID: PMC4855547.
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    14. Intrinsic Toxicity of Unchecked Heterochromatin Spread Is Suppressed by Redundant Chromatin Boundary Functions in Schizosacchromyces pombe. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 May 08; 5(7):1453-61. Garcia JF, Al-Sady B, Madhani HD. PMID: 25957277; PMCID: PMC4502379.
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    15. Division of labor between the chromodomains of HP1 and Suv39 methylase enables coordination of heterochromatin spread. Mol Cell. 2013 Jul 11; 51(1):80-91. Al-Sady B, Madhani HD, Narlikar GJ. PMID: 23849629; PMCID: PMC3752401.
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    16. Reconstitution of nucleosome demethylation and catalytic properties of a Jumonji histone demethylase. Chem Biol. 2013 Apr 18; 20(4):494-9. Shiau C, Trnka MJ, Bozicevic A, Ortiz Torres I, Al-Sady B, Burlingame AL, Narlikar GJ, Fujimori DG. PMID: 23601638; PMCID: PMC3704229.
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    17. Dynamic antagonism between phytochromes and PIF family basic helix-loop-helix factors induces selective reciprocal responses to light and shade in a rapidly responsive transcriptional network in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 2012 Apr; 24(4):1398-419. Leivar P, Tepperman JM, Cohn MM, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Erickson E, Quail PH. PMID: 22517317; PMCID: PMC3398554.
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    18. Chromodomain-mediated oligomerization of HP1 suggests a nucleosome-bridging mechanism for heterochromatin assembly. Mol Cell. 2011 Jan 07; 41(1):67-81. Canzio D, Chang EY, Shankar S, Kuchenbecker KM, Simon MD, Madhani HD, Narlikar GJ, Al-Sady B. PMID: 21211724; PMCID: PMC3752404.
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    19. The Arabidopsis phytochrome-interacting factor PIF7, together with PIF3 and PIF4, regulates responses to prolonged red light by modulating phyB levels. Plant Cell. 2008 Feb; 20(2):337-52. Leivar P, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Carle C, Storer A, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, Quail PH. PMID: 18252845; PMCID: PMC2276449.
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    20. Mechanistic duality of transcription factor function in phytochrome signaling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Feb 12; 105(6):2232-7. Al-Sady B, Kikis EA, Monte E, Quail PH. PMID: 18245378; PMCID: PMC2538903.
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    21. Out of the dark: how the PIFs are unmasking a dual temporal mechanism of phytochrome signalling. J Exp Bot. 2007; 58(12):3125-33. Monte E, Al-Sady B, Leivar P, Quail PH. PMID: 17855731.
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    22. Photoactivated phytochrome induces rapid PIF3 phosphorylation prior to proteasome-mediated degradation. Mol Cell. 2006 Aug 04; 23(3):439-46. Al-Sady B, Ni W, Kircher S, Schäfer E, Quail PH. PMID: 16885032.
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    23. The phytochrome-interacting transcription factor, PIF3, acts early, selectively, and positively in light-induced chloroplast development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Nov 16; 101(46):16091-8. Monte E, Tepperman JM, Al-Sady B, Kaczorowski KA, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, Li X, Zhang Y, Quail PH. PMID: 15505214; PMCID: PMC528976.
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    24. A novel molecular recognition motif necessary for targeting photoactivated phytochrome signaling to specific basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors. Plant Cell. 2004 Nov; 16(11):3033-44. Khanna R, Huq E, Kikis EA, Al-Sady B, Lanzatella C, Quail PH. PMID: 15486100; PMCID: PMC527196.
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    25. Phytochrome-interacting factor 1 is a critical bHLH regulator of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Science. 2004 Sep 24; 305(5692):1937-41. Huq E, Al-Sady B, Hudson M, Kim C, Apel K, Quail PH. PMID: 15448264.
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    26. Nuclear translocation of the photoreceptor phytochrome B is necessary for its biological function in seedling photomorphogenesis. Plant J. 2003 Sep; 35(5):660-4. Huq E, Al-Sady B, Quail PH. PMID: 12940958.
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