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.


A genetically encoded anti-CRISPR protein constrains gene drive spread and prevents population suppression

Taxiarchi C, Beaghton A, Don NI, Kyrou K, Gribble M, Shittu D, Collins SP, Beisel CL, Galizi R, Crisanti A (2021)

Nature Communications 12 (1): 3977DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-24214-5

CRISPR transposons on the move

Mougiakos I, Beisel CL (2021)

Cell Host & Microbe 29 (5): 675-677DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2021.04.012

Noncanonical crRNAs derived from host transcripts enable multiplexable RNA detection by Cas9

Jiao C, Sharma S, Dugar G, Peeck NL, Bischler T, Wimmer F, Yu Y, Barquist L, Schoen C, Kurzai O, Sharma CM, Beisel CL (2021)

Science 372 (6545): 941-948DOI: 10.1126/science.abe7106

In Situ Biomanufacturing of Small Molecules in the Mammalian Gut by Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii

Durmusoglu D, Al'Abri IS, Collins SP, Cheng J, Eroglu A, Beisel CL, Crook N (2021)

ACS Synthetic Biology 10 (5): 1039-1052DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.0c00562

Sequence-independent RNA sensing and DNA targeting by a split domain CRISPR-Cas12a gRNA switch

Collins SP, Rostain W, Liao C, Beisel CL (2021)

Nucleic Acids Research 49 (5): 2985-2999DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkab100

A Code of Ethics for Gene Drive Research

Annas GJ, Beisel CL, Clement K, Crisanti A, Francis S, Galardini M, Galizi R, Grünewald J, Immobile G, Khalil AS, …, Taxiarchi C, Joung JK (2021)

The CRISPR journal 4 (1): 19-24DOI: 10.1089/crispr.2020.0096

CRISPR technologies and the search for the PAM-free nuclease

Collias D, Beisel CL (2021)

Nature Communications 12: 555DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20633-y


Rapid Testing of CRISPR Nucleases and Guide RNAs in an E. coli Cell-Free Transcription-Translation System

Marshall R, Beisel CL, Noireaux V (2020)

STAR Protocols 1 (1): 10000DOI: 10.1016/j.xpro.2019.100003

A positive, growth-based PAM screen identifies noncanonical motifs recognized by the S. pyogenes Cas9

Collias D, Leenay RT, Slotkowski RA, Zuo Z, Collins SP, McGirr BA, Liu J, Beisel CL (2020)

Science Advances 6 (29): 4054DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abb4054

Your Base Editor Might Be Flirting with Single (Stranded) DNA: Faithful On-Target CRISPR Base Editing without Promiscuous Deamination

Collins SP, Beisel CL (2020)

Molecular Cell 79 (5): 703-704DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2020.07.030

Characterization of Cas12a nucleases reveals diverse PAM profiles between closely-related orthologs

Jacobsen T, Ttofali F, Liao C, Manchalu S, Gray BN, Beisel CL (2020)

Nucleic Acids Research 48 (10): 5624-5638DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkaa272

Tunable self-cleaving ribozymes for modulating gene expression in eukaryotic systems

Jacobsen T, Yi G, Al Asafen H, Jermusyk AA, Beisel CL, Reeves GT (2020)

PLOS One 15 (4): 02320DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232046

Competitive exclusion is a major bioprotective mechanism of lactobacilli against fungal spoilage in fermented milk products

Siedler S, Rau MH, Bidstrup S, Vento JM, Aunsbjerg SD, Bosma EF, McNair LM, Beisel CL, Neves AR (2020)

Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86 (7): 02312-19DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02312-19

Methods for characterizing, applying, and teaching CRISPR-Cas systems

Beisel CL (2020)

Methods 172: 1-2DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2020.01.004

CRISPR-Cas Systems and the Paradox of Self-Targeting Spacers

Wimmer F, Beisel CL (2020)

Frontiers in Microbiology 10: 3078DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.03078