Prof Chase Beisel


Chase Beisel received his bachelors and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering, although he always maintained an interest in engineering biomolecules and biological systems. His doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA) with Dr. Christina Smolke introduced him to the concept of RNA engineering. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland, USA) under the direction of Dr. Gisela Storz exploring the natural properties of RNA regulators. He then began his faculty position in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) in 2011 pursuing RNA-guided immune systems called CRISPR-Cas systems. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure shortly before transitioning to the HIRI in 2018, where he focuses on applying RNA engineering to better understand, diagnose, and treat infectious disease.

His accomplishments have garnered consistent recognition, starting with graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense and a postdoctoral fellowship through the Life Science Research Foundation. Later, his independent research program has also been recognized with the CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Biotechnology & Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Young Investigator Award, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Award.


Barriers to genome editing with CRISPR in bacteria

Vento J, Crook N, Beisel C (2019)

J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol, 46 (9-10): 1327-1341DOI: 10.1007/s10295-019-02195-1

Modular one-pot assembly of CRISPR arrays enables library generation and reveals factors influencing crRNA biogenesis

Liao C, Ttofali F, Slotkowski R, Denny S, Cecil T, Leenay R, Keung A, Beisel C (2019)

Nat Commun, 10 (1)DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10747-3

Targeted transcriptional modulation with type I CRISPR-Cas systems in human cells

Pickar-Oliver A, Black J, Lewis M, Mutchnick K, Klann T, Gilcrest K, Sitton M, Nelson C, Barrera A, Bartelt L, …, Barrangou R, Gersbach C (2019)

Nat BiotechnolDOI: 10.1038/s41587-019-0235-7

Characterization of the all-E. coli transcription-translation system myTXTL by mass spectrometry

Garenne D, Beisel C, Noireaux V (2019)

Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom, 33 (11): 1036-1048DOI: 10.1002/rcm.8438

Distinct timescales of RNA regulators enable the construction of a genetic pulse generator

Westbrook A, Tang X, Marshall R, Maxwell C, Chappell J, Agrawal D, Dunlop M, Noireaux V, Beisel C, Lucks J, Franco E (2019)

Biotechnol Bioeng, 116 (5): 1139-1151DOI: 10.1002/bit.26918

An enhanced assay to characterize anti-CRISPR proteins using a cell-free transcription-translation system

Wandera K, Collins S, Wimmer F, Marshall R, Noireaux V, Beisel C (2019)

Methods (San Diego, Calif.) (19): 1046-2023DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2019.05.014

CRATES: A one-step assembly method for Class 2 CRISPR arrays

Liao C, Slotkowski R, Beisel C (2019)

Methods Enzymol, 629: 493-511DOI: 10.1016/bs.mie.2019.04.011

The Acidaminococcus sp. Cas12a nuclease recognizes GTTV and GCTV as non-canonical PAMs

Jacobsen T, Liao C, Beisel C (2019)

FEMS Microbiol Lett, 366 (8)DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnz085


Mathematical Modeling of RNA-Based Architectures for Closed Loop Control of Gene Expression

Agrawal D, Tang X, Westbrook A, Marshall R, Maxwell C, Lucks J, Noireaux V, Beisel C, Dunlop M, Franco E (2018)

ACS Synth Biol, 7 (5): 1219-1228DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.8b00040

CRISPR RNA-Dependent Binding and Cleavage of Endogenous RNAs by the Campylobacter jejuni Cas9

Dugar G, Leenay R, Eisenbart S, Bischler T, Aul B, Beisel C, Sharma C (2018)

Mol Cell, 69 (5): 893-905DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.01.032

Advances in CRISPR Technologies for Microbial Strain Engineering

Alper H, Beisel C (2018)

Biotechnol J, 13 (9)DOI: 10.1002/biot.201800460

Bacterial Adaptation to the Host's Diet Is a Key Evolutionary Force Shaping Drosophila-Lactobacillus Symbiosis

Martino M, Joncour P, Leenay R, Gervais H, Shah M, Hughes S, Gillet B, Beisel C, Leulier F (2018)

Cell Host Microbe, 24 (1): 109-119DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.06.001

The Francisella novicida Cas12a is sensitive to the structure downstream of the terminal repeat in CRISPR arrays

Liao C, Slotkowski R, Achmedov T, Beisel C (2018)

RNA Biol, 16 (4): 404-412DOI: 10.1080/15476286.2018.1526537

A detailed cell-free transcription-translation-based assay to decipher CRISPR protospacer-adjacent motifs

Maxwell C, Jacobsen T, Marshall R, Noireaux V, Beisel C (2018)

Methods (San Diego, Calif.), 143: 48-57DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2018.02.016

CRISPR tool puts RNA on the record

Beisel C (2018)

Nature, 562 (7727): 347-349DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-06869-1

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 in Lactobacillus plantarum Revealed That Editing Outcomes Can Vary Across Strains and Between Methods

Leenay R, Vento J, Shah M, Martino M, Leulier F, Beisel C (2018)

Biotechnol J, 14 (3)DOI: 10.1002/biot.201700583

Synthetic Biology Approaches to Engineer Probiotics and Members of the Human Microbiota for Biomedical Applications

Bober J, Beisel C, Nair N (2018)

Annu Rev Biomed Eng, 20: 277-300DOI: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-062117-121019

Rapid and Scalable Characterization of CRISPR Technologies Using an E. coli Cell-Free Transcription-Translation System

Marshall R, Maxwell C, Collins S, Jacobsen T, Luo M, Begemann M, Gray B, January E, Singer A, He Y, Beisel C, Noireaux V (2018)

Mol Cell, 69 (1): 146-157DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2017.12.007


Deciphering, Communicating, and Engineering the CRISPR PAM

Leenay R, Beisel C (2017)

J Mol Biol, 429 (2): 177-191DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2016.11.024

Short DNA containing χ sites enhances DNA stability and gene expression in E. coli cell-free transcription-translation systems

Marshall R, Maxwell C, Collins S, Beisel C, Noireaux V (2017)

Biotechnol Bioeng, 114 (9): 2137-41DOI: 10.1002/bit.26333

Toward a genetic tool development pipeline for host-associated bacteria

Waller M, Bober J, Nair N, Beisel C (2017)

Curr Opin Microbiol, 38: 156-164DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.05.006

What Is the Role of Circuit Design in the Advancement of Synthetic Biology? Part 1

Beisel C (2017)

Cell Syst, 4 (4): 370-372DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2017.04.003

Advancing the design and delivery of CRISPR antimicrobials

Fagen J, Collias D, Singh A, Beisel C (2017)

Curr Opin Biomed Eng, 4: 57-64DOI: 10.1016/j.cobme.2017.10.001


Current and future prospects for CRISPR-based tools in bacteria

Luo M, Leenay R, Beisel C (2016)

Biotechnol Bioeng, 113 (5): 930-43DOI: 10.1002/bit.25851

Rethinking the Hierarchy of Sugar Utilization in Bacteria

Beisel C, Afroz T (2016)

J Bacteriol, 198 (3): 374-376DOI: 10.1128/JB.00890-15

The CRISPR RNA-guided surveillance complex in Escherichia coli accommodates extended RNA spacers

Luo M, Jackson R, Denny S, Tokmina-Lukaszewska M, Maksimchuk K, Lin W, Bothner B, Wiedenheft B, Beisel C (2016)

Nucleic Acids Res, 44 (15): 7385-94DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkw421

Identifying and Visualizing Functional PAM Diversity across CRISPR-Cas Systems

Leenay R, Maksimchuk K, Slotkowski R, Agrawal R, Gomaa A, Briner A, Barrangou R, Beisel C (2016)

Mol Cell, 62 (1): 137-47DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.02.031


Repurposing endogenous type I CRISPR-Cas systems for programmable gene repression

Luo M, Mullis A, Leenay R, Beisel C (2015)

Nucleic Acids Res, 43 (1): 674-81DOI: 10.1093/nar/gku971

Efficient Delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Editing via Self-Assembled DNA Nanoclews**

Sun W, Ji W, Hall J, Hu Q, Wang C, Beisel C, Gu Z (2015)

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 54 (41): 12029-33DOI: 10.1002/anie.201506030

Impact of Residual Inducer on Titratable Expression Systems

Afroz T, Luo M, Beisel C (2015)

Plos One, 10 (9)DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137421

Trade-offs in engineering sugar utilization pathways for titratable control

Afroz T, Biliouris K, Boykin K, Kaznessis Y, Beisel C (2015)

ACS Synth Biol, 4 (2): 141-9DOI: 10.1021/sb400162z


Construction of ligand-responsive microRNAs that operate through inhibition of Drosha processing

Beisel C, Bloom R, Smolke C (2014)

In: Artificial Riboswitches (ed Ogawa A), Methods Mol Biol, 1111: 259-67DOI: 10.1007/978-1-62703-755-6_19

Guide RNA functional modules direct Cas9 activity and orthogonality

Briner A, Donohoue P, Gomaa A, Selle K, Slorach E, Nye C, Haurwitz R, Beisel C, May A, Barrangou R (2014)

Mol Cell, 56 (2): 333-339DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.09.019

Bacterial sugar utilization gives rise to distinct single-cell behaviours

Afroz T, Biliouris K, Kaznessis Y, Beisel C (2014)

Mol Microbiol, 93 (6): 1093-1103DOI: 10.1111/mmi.12695

Programmable removal of bacterial strains by use of genome-targeting CRISPR-Cas systems

Gomaa A, Klumpe H, Luo M, Selle K, Barrangou R, Beisel C (2014)

MBio, 5 (1): 00928-13DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00928-13

A CRISPR design for next-generation antimicrobials

Beisel C, Gomaa A, Barrangou R (2014)

Genome Biol, 15 (11)DOI: 10.1186/s13059-014-0516-x


Understanding and exploiting feedback in synthetic biology

Afroz T, Beisel C (2013)

Chem Eng Sci, 103: 79-90DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.02.017


Multiple factors dictate target selection by Hfq-binding small RNAs

Beisel C, Updegrove T, Janson B, Storz G (2012)

EMBO J, 31 (8): 1961-74DOI: 10.1038/emboj.2012.52


Discriminating tastes: physiological contributions of the Hfq-binding small RNA Spot 42 to catabolite repression

Beisel C, Storz G (2011)

RNA Biol, 8 (5): 766-70DOI: 10.4161/rna.8.5.16024

Design of small molecule-responsive microRNAs based on structural requirements for Drosha processing

Beisel C, Chen Y, Culler S, Hoff K, Smolke C (2011)

Nucleic Acids Res, 39 (7): 2981-94DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkq954

The base pairing RNA Spot 42 participates in a multi-output feedforward loop to help enact catabolite repression in Escherichia coli

Beisel C, Storz G (2011)

Mol Cell, 41 (3): 286-97DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2010.12.027


Base pairing small RNAs and their roles in global regulatory networks

Beisel C, Storz G (2010)

FEMS Microbiol Rev, 34 (5): 866-82DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6976.2010.00241.x


Synthetic control of a fitness tradeoff in yeast nitrogen metabolism

Bayer T, Hoff K, Beisel C, Lee J, Smolke C (2009)

J Biol Eng, 3DOI: 10.1186/1754-1611-3-1

Design Principles for Riboswitch Function

Beisel C, Smolke C (2009)

PLos Comput Biol, 5 (4)DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000363


Model-guided design of ligand-regulated RNAi for programmable control of gene expression

Beisel C, Bayer T, Hoff K, Smolke C (2008)

Mol Syst Biol, 4DOI: 10.1038/msb.2008.62


Conformational analysis of gossypol and its derivatives by molecular mechanics

Beisel C, Dowd M, Reilly P (2005)

J Mol Struc-Theochem, 730 (1-3): 51-58DOI: 10.1016/j.theochem.2005.05.010


Cochlear whole mount in situ hybridization: identification of longitudinal and radial gradients

Judice T, Nelson N, Beisel C, Delimont D, Fritzsch B, Beisel K (2002)

Brain Res Protoc, 9 (1): 65-76DOI: 10.1016/S1385-299X(01)00138-6

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