The Madhani Lab at UCSF


Curiosity-driven science
Made in San Francisco, California

Chromatin and epigenetics


We study how information in DNA is controlled. We are particularly interested in the nucleosome because it is the fundamental unit of chromatin, the form of DNA that exists in the nucleus. Modifications of the nucleosome, some of which are heritable, enable the specialization of chromosomal regions for their functions. Defects in these mechanisms underlie numerous diseases including cancer. Key mechanisms under study include the two conserved forms of heterochromatin (H3K9me and H3K27me), DNA methylation (5mC), and RNAi. We seek answers to the fundamental questions of how domains are chosen for silencing, its mechanistic underpinnings, and its biological impact. We use powerful yeast systems (Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Cryptococcus neoformans) that have maintained these mechanisms to address key unanswered questions. For more information click here.


Host-pathogen interactions

Fungal infections are among the most difficult to diagnose and treat clinically. The yeast Cryptococcus neoformans a leading cause of lethal fungal infections, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. The Madhani Lab has extensively developed this yeast as a powerful model organism enabling studies of the mechanisms underlying fungal pathogenesis and drug responses. For more information click here.




October, 14, 2019
Meenakshi Belekar Joshi joins the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow.

August 1, 2019
Matt Nalley, a student in the Tetrad Program, joins the lab. Welcome!

July 3, 2019
Susan Lei joins the lab as a Staff Research Associate to study innate immunity mechanisms in macrophages. Welcome!

May 1, 2019
Daniela Perry joins the laboratory as a Bioinformatics Programmer. Welcome!

April 8, 2019
Irene Beusch joins the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate RNA biology. Welcome!

February 1, 2019
Michael Boucher joins the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate mechanisms of fungal virulence. Welcome!

October 1, 2018
Welcome to our Fall quarter rotation students Yewande Alabi (BMS) and Matt Nalley (Tetrad)!

June 1, 2018
Nebat Ali joins the laboratory as a Summer Research Training Program Student.  Nebat is at San Jose State in the laboratory or Miri Van Hoven, a former UCSF Tetrad Program Student.  We are delighted to have you in the lab!

May 1, 2018
Eric Dang joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the interface between the innate immune system and fungi. Welcome!