Short CV/Education and training


  • 1976 – 1977
    University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

  • 1977 – 1979
    BA (Hons Biophysics) laboratory of M. Makinen, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA

  • 1979 – 1982
    Graduate student in the laboratory of G. Schatz, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

Academic positions

  • 1983 – 1986
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1986 – 1991
    Junior Group Leader, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), Epalinges, Switzerland

  • 1991 – 2001
    Senior Group Leader, ISREC, Epalinges, Switzerland

  • 2001 – 2004
    Full Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Since 2004
    Director, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland

  • 2005
    Full Professor, Molecular Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Zeller P, Padeken J, can Schendel R, Kalck V, Tijsterman M, Gasser SM (2016) Histone H3K9me-mediated repression is dispensable for development, but essential to suppress RNA-DNA hybrid-associated repeat instability. Nature Genetics, 48:1385-1395

  • Gonzalez-Sandoval A, Towbin BD, Kalck V, Cabianca DS, Gaidatzis D, Hauer MH, Geng L, Wang L, Yang T, Wang. X, Zhao K, Gasser SM (2015) Perinuclear anchoring of H3K9-methylated chromatin stabilizes induced cell fate in C. elegans embryos. Cell, 163:1333-1347

  • Towbin BD, González-Aguilera C, Sack R, Gaidatzis D, Kalck V, Meister P, Askjaer P, Gasser SM (2012) Step-wise methylation of histone H3K9 positions heterochromatin at the nuclear periphery. Cell, 150: 934-947

  • Dion V, Kalck V, Horigome C, Towbin BD, Gasser SM (2012) Increased dynamics of double strand breaks requires Mec1, Rad9 and the homologous recombination machinery. Nature Cell Biology, 14:502-509

  • Taddei A, Van Houwe G, Hediger F, Kalck V, Cubizolles F, Schober H, Gasser SM (2006). Nuclear pore association confers optimal expression levels for an inducible yeast gene. Nature, 441:774-778

  • van Attikum H, Fritsch O, Hohn B, Gasser SM (2004) INO80 recruitment by H2A phosphorylation links ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling with DNA double-strand break repair. Cell, 119:777-788

  • Heun P, Laroche T, Shimada K, Furrer P, Gasser SM (2001) Chromosomal dynamics in the yeast interphase nucleus. Science, 293:2181-2186

  • Martin SG, Laroche T, Suka N, Grunstein M, Gasser SM (1999) Relocalization of telomeric Ku and SIR proteins in response to DNA strand breaks in yeast. Cell, 97:621-633

  • Hecht A, Laroche T, Strahl-Bolsinger S, Gasser SM, Grunstein M (1995) Histone H3 and H4 N-termini interact with SIR3 and SIR4 proteins: a molecular model for the formation heterochromatin in yeast. Cell, 80:583-592

  • Palladino F, Laroche T, Gilson E, Axelrod A, Pillus L, Gasser SM (1993) SIR3 and SIR4 proteins are required for the positioning and integrity of yeast telomeres. Cell, 75:543-555

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  1. Susan Gasser receives the 2012 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award

    Professor Susan M. Gasser, director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, is the winner of the 2012 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award. She has been recognised for her outstanding scientific research on genome stability and epigenetics, and for her commitment to mentoring women in science.