Chromatin structure and function in the interphase nucleus
Susan Gasser studied biophysics at the University of Chicago, completing her PhD at the University of Basel in Biochemistry. Following a postdoc on mitotic chromosome structure at the University of Geneva, she led a research group on chromatin organization and replication at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) in Lausanne. In 2001, she became Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva, and then moved to Basel as Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor at the University of Basel in Molecular Biology, from 2004-2020. Her laboratory studies the functional impact of the spatial packaging of interphase chromatin on heritable gene expression. She is funded by an ERC grant on stress induced epigenetic inheritance in C. elegans, and has studied the spatial organization of DNA repair in yeast for many years. Since 2021, she is Director of the ISREC Foundation for Cancer Research in Lausanne. Dr Gasser was elected to the Académie de France, EMBO, Leopoldina, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, received the EMBO-FEBS and Weizmann Institute Women in Science awards, International INSERM award and holds two honorary doctorates. She also serves on the Board of the ETH Domain, the Swiss Science Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of UCB S.A.