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.


Expanding the flexibility of base editing for high-throughput genetic screens in bacteria

Gawlitt S, Collins SP, Yu Y, Blackman SA, Barquist L, Beisel CL (2024)

Nucleic Acids Research (Online ahead of print)DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkae174

CRISPR-based screening of small RNA modulators of bile susceptibility in Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron

Prezza G, Liao C, Reichardt S, Beisel CL, Westermann AJ (2024)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 121 (6): 1096DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2311323121

A Hitchhiker's guide to CRISPR editing tools in bacteria : CRISPR can help unlock the bacterial world, but technical and regulatory barriers persist

Krink N, Nikel PI, Beisel CL (2024)

EMBO Reports (Online ahead of print)DOI: 10.1038/s44319-024-00086-w

An adapted method for Cas9-mediated editing reveals the species-specific role of β-glucoside utilization driving competition between Klebsiella species

Almási ÉdH, Knischewski N, Osbelt L, Muthukumarasamy U, El Mouali Y, Vialetto E, Beisel CL, Strowig T (2024)

Journal of Bacteriology 206 (3): e0031723DOI: 10.1128/jb.00317-23

Improved prediction of bacterial CRISPRi guide efficiency from depletion screens through mixed-effect machine learning and data integration

Yu Y, Gawlitt S, de Andrade E Sousa LB, Merdivan E, Piraud M, Beisel CL, Barquist L (2024)

Genome Biology 25 (1): 13DOI: 10.1186/s13059-023-03153-y


Interrogating two extensively self-targeting Type I CRISPR-Cas systems in Xanthomonas albilineans reveals distinct anti-CRISPR proteins that block DNA degradation

Wimmer F, Englert F, Wandera KG, Alkhnbashi OS, Collins SP, Backofen R, Beisel CL (2023)

Nucleic Acids Research 52 (2): 769-783DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkad1097

Shortened CRISPR-Cas9 arrays enable multiplexed gene targeting in bacteria from a smaller DNA footprint

Gawlitt S, Liao C, Achmedov T, Beisel CL (2023)

RNA Biology 20 (1): 666-680DOI: 10.1080/15476286.2023.2247247

For the CRISPR Fan(zor)atics: RNA-guided DNA endonucleases discovered in eukaryotes

Patinios C, Beisel CL (2023)

Molecular Cell 83 (17): 3046-3048DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2023.08.019

A predicted CRISPR-mediated symbiosis between uncultivated archaea

Esser SP, Rahlff J, Zhao W, Predl M, Plewka J, Sures K, Wimmer F, Lee J, Adam PS, McGonigle J, …, Zhang Y, Probst AJ (2023)

Nature Microbiology 8 (9): 1619-1633DOI: 10.1038/s41564-023-01439-2

Optimized metrics for orthogonal combinatorial CRISPR screens

Cetin R, Wegner M, Luwisch L, Saud S, Achmedov T, Süsser S, Vera-Guapi A, Müller K, Matthess Y, Quandt E, …, Beisel CL, Kaulich M (2023)

Scientific Reports 13 (1): 7405DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-34597-8

Systematically attenuating DNA targeting enables CRISPR-driven editing in bacteria

Collias D, Vialetto E, Yu J, Co K, Almási ÉDH, Rüttiger AS, Achmedov T, Strowig T, Beisel CL (2023)

Nature Communications 14 (1): 680DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-36283-9

RNA targeting unleashes indiscriminate nuclease activity of CRISPR-Cas12a2

Bravo JPK, Hallmark T, Naegle B, Beisel CL, Jackson RN, Taylor DW (2023)

Nature 613 (7944): 582-587DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-05560-w

Cas12a2 elicits abortive infection through RNA-triggered destruction of dsDNA

Dmytrenko O, Neumann GC, Hallmark T, Keiser DJ, Crowley VM, Vialetto E, Mougiakos I, Wandera KG, Domgaard H, Weber J, …, Jackson RN, Beisel CL (2023)

Nature 613 (7944): 588-594DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-05559-3

RNA recording in single bacterial cells using reprogrammed tracrRNAs

Jiao C, Reckstadt C, König F, Homberger C, Yu J, Vogel J, Westermann AJ, Sharma CM, Beisel CL (2023)

Nature Biotechnology 41 (8): 1107-1116DOI: 10.1038/s41587-022-01604-8