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Athma Anjali Pai PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentRNA Therapeutics Institute
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
Phone774-455-4681
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    DepartmentBiochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

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    DepartmentBioinformatics and Computational Biology

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    DepartmentInterdisciplinary Graduate Program


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    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United StatesBSBiochemistry/Anthropology
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United StatesPHDHuman Genetics
    MIT, Cambridge, MA, United StatesPostdocRNA Genomics

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    A postdoctoral position is available to study in this laboratory. Contact Dr. Pai for additional details.




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    1. Alterman JF, Godinho BMDC, Hassler MR, Ferguson CM, Echeverria D, Sapp E, Haraszti RA, Coles AH, Conroy F, Miller R, Roux L, Yan P, Knox EG, Turanov AA, King RM, Gernoux G, Mueller C, Gray-Edwards HL, Moser RP, Bishop NC, Jaber SM, Gounis MJ, Sena-Esteves M, Pai AA, DiFiglia M, Aronin N, Khvorova A. A divalent siRNA chemical scaffold for potent and sustained modulation of gene expression throughout the central nervous system. Nat Biotechnol. 2019 Aug; 37(8):884-894. PMID: 31375812.
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    2. Pai AA, Luca F. Environmental influences on RNA processing: Biochemical, molecular and genetic regulators of cellular response. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 2018 Sep 14; e1503. PMID: 30216698.
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    3. Didiot MC, Ferguson CM, Ly S, Coles AH, Smith AO, Bicknell AA, Hall LM, Sapp E, Echeverria D, Pai AA, DiFiglia M, Moore MJ, Hayward LJ, Aronin N, Khvorova A. Nuclear Localization of Huntingtin mRNA Is Specific to Cells of Neuronal Origin. Cell Rep. 2018 Sep 04; 24(10):2553-2560.e5. PMID: 30184490.
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    4. Pai AA, Paggi JM, Yan P, Adelman K, Burge CB. Numerous recursive sites contribute to accuracy of splicing in long introns in flies. PLoS Genet. 2018 Aug; 14(8):e1007588. PMID: 30148878.
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    5. Aguiar D, Cheng LF, Dumitrascu B, Mordelet F, Pai AA, Engelhardt BE. Bayesian nonparametric discovery of isoforms and individual specific quantification. Nat Commun. 2018 Apr 27; 9(1):1681. PMID: 29703885.
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    6. Pai AA, Henriques T, McCue K, Burkholder A, Adelman K, Burge CB. The kinetics of pre-mRNA splicing in the Drosophila genome and the influence of gene architecture. Elife. 2017 12 27; 6. PMID: 29280736.
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    7. Richards AL, Watza D, Findley A, Alazizi A, Wen X, Pai AA, Pique-Regi R, Luca F. Environmental perturbations lead to extensive directional shifts in RNA processing. PLoS Genet. 2017 Oct; 13(10):e1006995. PMID: 29023442.
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    8. Pai AA, Baharian G, Pagé Sabourin A, Brinkworth JF, Nédélec Y, Foley JW, Grenier JC, Siddle KJ, Dumaine A, Yotova V, Johnson ZP, Lanford RE, Burge CB, Barreiro LB. Widespread Shortening of 3' Untranslated Regions and Increased Exon Inclusion Are Evolutionarily Conserved Features of Innate Immune Responses to Infection. PLoS Genet. 2016 Sep; 12(9):e1006338. PMID: 27690314.
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    9. Chen Y, Pai AA, Herudek J, Lubas M, Meola N, Järvelin AI, Andersson R, Pelechano V, Steinmetz LM, Jensen TH, Sandelin A. Principles for RNA metabolism and alternative transcription initiation within closely spaced promoters. Nat Genet. 2016 09; 48(9):984-94. PMID: 27455346; PMCID: PMC5008441 [Available on 03/01/17].
    10. Pacis A, Tailleux L, Morin AM, Lambourne J, MacIsaac JL, Yotova V, Dumaine A, Danckaert A, Luca F, Grenier JC, Hansen KD, Gicquel B, Yu M, Pai A, He C, Tung J, Pastinen T, Kobor MS, Pique-Regi R, Gilad Y, Barreiro LB. Bacterial infection remodels the DNA methylation landscape of human dendritic cells. Genome Res. 2015 Dec; 25(12):1801-11. PMID: 26392366; PMCID: PMC4665002.
    11. Pai AA, Pritchard JK, Gilad Y. The genetic and mechanistic basis for variation in gene regulation. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jan; 11(1):e1004857. PMID: 25569255; PMCID: PMC4287341.
    12. Pai AA, Gilad Y. Comparative studies of gene regulatory mechanisms. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2014 Dec; 29:68-74. PMID: 25215415; PMCID: PMC4258459.
    13. Gallego Romero I, Pai AA, Tung J, Gilad Y. RNA-seq: impact of RNA degradation on transcript quantification. BMC Biol. 2014 May 30; 12:42. PMID: 24885439; PMCID: PMC4071332.
    14. Gupta M, Pai AA, Bhattacharya A, Ramachandra R, Sawarappa R, Mohapatra S, Kanoi A. Anterior plagiocephaly in an atypical case of apert syndrome. World J Plast Surg. 2013 Jun; 2(2):115-8. PMID: 25489515.
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    15. Gaffney DJ, McVicker G, Pai AA, Fondufe-Mittendorf YN, Lewellen N, Michelini K, Widom J, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Controls of nucleosome positioning in the human genome. PLoS Genet. 2012; 8(11):e1003036. PMID: 23166509; PMCID: PMC3499251.
    16. Pai AA, Cain CE, Mizrahi-Man O, De Leon S, Lewellen N, Veyrieras JB, Degner JF, Gaffney DJ, Pickrell JK, Stephens M, Pritchard JK, Gilad Y. The contribution of RNA decay quantitative trait loci to inter-individual variation in steady-state gene expression levels. PLoS Genet. 2012; 8(10):e1003000. PMID: 23071454; PMCID: PMC3469421.
    17. Iskow RC, Gokcumen O, Abyzov A, Malukiewicz J, Zhu Q, Sukumar AT, Pai AA, Mills RE, Habegger L, Cusanovich DA, Rubel MA, Perry GH, Gerstein M, Stone AC, Gilad Y, Lee C. Regulatory element copy number differences shape primate expression profiles. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jul 31; 109(31):12656-61. PMID: 22797897; PMCID: PMC3411951.
    18. Degner JF, Pai AA, Pique-Regi R, Veyrieras JB, Gaffney DJ, Pickrell JK, De Leon S, Michelini K, Lewellen N, Crawford GE, Stephens M, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. DNase?I sensitivity QTLs are a major determinant of human expression variation. Nature. 2012 Feb 05; 482(7385):390-4. PMID: 22307276; PMCID: PMC3501342.
    19. Gaffney DJ, Veyrieras JB, Degner JF, Pique-Regi R, Pai AA, Crawford GE, Stephens M, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Dissecting the regulatory architecture of gene expression QTLs. Genome Biol. 2012 Jan 31; 13(1):R7. PMID: 22293038.
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    20. Cusanovich DA, Billstrand C, Zhou X, Chavarria C, De Leon S, Michelini K, Pai AA, Ober C, Gilad Y. The combination of a genome-wide association study of lymphocyte count and analysis of gene expression data reveals novel asthma candidate genes. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 May 01; 21(9):2111-23. PMID: 22286170; PMCID: PMC3315207.
    21. Barreiro LB, Tailleux L, Pai AA, Gicquel B, Marioni JC, Gilad Y. Deciphering the genetic architecture of variation in the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jan 24; 109(4):1204-9. PMID: 22233810; PMCID: PMC3268270.
    22. Pai AA, Bell JT, Marioni JC, Pritchard JK, Gilad Y. A genome-wide study of DNA methylation patterns and gene expression levels in multiple human and chimpanzee tissues. PLoS Genet. 2011 Feb; 7(2):e1001316. PMID: 21383968; PMCID: PMC3044686.
    23. Bell JT, Pai AA, Pickrell JK, Gaffney DJ, Pique-Regi R, Degner JF, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. DNA methylation patterns associate with genetic and gene expression variation in HapMap cell lines. Genome Biol. 2011; 12(1):R10. PMID: 21251332; PMCID: PMC3091299.
    24. Stefflova K, Dulik MC, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Pai AA, Walker AH, Rebbeck TR. Dissecting the within-Africa ancestry of populations of African descent in the Americas. PLoS One. 2011 Jan 06; 6(1):e14495. PMID: 21253579; PMCID: PMC3017210.
    25. Pickrell JK, Pai AA, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Noisy splicing drives mRNA isoform diversity in human cells. PLoS Genet. 2010 Dec 09; 6(12):e1001236. PMID: 21151575; PMCID: PMC3000347.
    26. Pique-Regi R, Degner JF, Pai AA, Gaffney DJ, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Accurate inference of transcription factor binding from DNA sequence and chromatin accessibility data. Genome Res. 2011 Mar; 21(3):447-55. PMID: 21106904; PMCID: PMC3044858.
    27. Pickrell JK, Marioni JC, Pai AA, Degner JF, Engelhardt BE, Nkadori E, Veyrieras JB, Stephens M, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Understanding mechanisms underlying human gene expression variation with RNA sequencing. Nature. 2010 Apr 01; 464(7289):768-72. PMID: 20220758; PMCID: PMC3089435.
    28. Stefflova K, Dulik MC, Pai AA, Walker AH, Zeigler-Johnson CM, Gueye SM, Schurr TG, Rebbeck TR. Evaluation of group genetic ancestry of populations from Philadelphia and Dakar in the context of sex-biased admixture in the Americas. PLoS One. 2009 Nov 25; 4(11):e7842. PMID: 19946364; PMCID: PMC2776971.
    29. Degner JF, Marioni JC, Pai AA, Pickrell JK, Nkadori E, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Effect of read-mapping biases on detecting allele-specific expression from RNA-sequencing data. Bioinformatics. 2009 Dec 15; 25(24):3207-12. PMID: 19808877; PMCID: PMC2788925.
    30. Gokcumen O, Dulik MC, Pai AA, Zhadanov SI, Rubinstein S, Osipova LP, Andreenkov OV, Tabikhanova LE, Gubina MA, Labuda D, Schurr TG. Genetic variation in the enigmatic Altaian Kazakhs of South-Central Russia: insights into Turkic population history. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2008 Jul; 136(3):278-93. PMID: 18322915.
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    31. McDaniell R, Warthen DM, Sanchez-Lara PA, Pai A, Krantz ID, Piccoli DA, Spinner NB. NOTCH2 mutations cause Alagille syndrome, a heterogeneous disorder of the notch signaling pathway. Am J Hum Genet. 2006 Jul; 79(1):169-73. PMID: 16773578.
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