Alireza Edraki

Evolutionary Biology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

My name is Ali and I study natural inhibitors of CRISPR-Cas9. Cas9 genome editing has revolutionized medicine, but we need an off-switch for it to have better control over its action. Thankfully, nature has already designed that for us. I study proteins from phages that can inhibit Cas9 and my research aims to use these proteins to turn Cas9 off in human cells whenever we desire.

Ali has authored 4 articles

We still don't know all the consequences of gene manipulation

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Genome meddling to cure diseases is often worth the risk, but nothing else is just yet

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

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She helped discover DNA, got snubbed by her contemporaries, and kept right on going

How CRISPR proteins work together to capture foreign DNA

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A biologist writes the CRISPR explainer you've been looking for