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Charles Lee Evavold, Ph.D.


Emory University, Atlanta, GABS05/2013Physics and Astronomy
Emory University, Atlanta, GABS05/2013Chemistry
Harvard University, Cambridge, MAPhD11/2021Immunology

Research Overview

The Evavold lab studies fundamental cellular decision making towards different cell fates using cell death programs as a model system. We have a particular interest in the intersection of microbiology and metabolism with impact on host cell survival or death.

Regulated cell death can serve different functions within the innate immune system. For example, immunologically silent cell death can remove unnecessary, damaged, or pre-malignant cells during development and homeostasis. Alternatively, during the early containment of a pathogen, inflammatory cell death can alert the immune system to a foreign invader. However, inflammatory cell death can become pathogenic during systemic infection or contribute to sterile autoimmunity and chronic inflammation. Conversely, acquired resistance to cell death programs can promote cancer progression or resistance to chemotherapies. Dysfunction of cell death regulation may underlie much of the pathology related to human diseases. Thus, we aim to uncover novel regulation in these processes using precision screening that combines genomic or chemical perturbations with synthetic biology models of discrete signaling nodes.

Dr. Charlie Evavold received his PhD in Immunology from Harvard University. He received his BS in Physics and Astronomy with a double major in Chemistry from Emory University. Charlie is one of the inaugural Ragon Early Independence Fellows on the basic science track.

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  1. Devant P, Boršic E, Ngwa EM, Xiao H, Chouchani ET, Thiagarajah JR, Hafner-Bratkovic I, Evavold CL, Kagan JC. Gasdermin D pore-forming activity is redox-sensitive. Cell Rep. 2023 01 31; 42(1):112008. PMID: 36662620; PMCID: PMC9947919.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  2. Rastogi S, Evavold CL, Briken V. Putting the p(hosphor) in pyroptosis. Cell Host Microbe. 2022 12 14; 30(12):1650-1652. PMID: 36521438.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  3. Borges JP, Sætra RSR, Volchuk A, Bugge M, Devant P, Sporsheim B, Kilburn BR, Evavold CL, Kagan JC, Goldenberg NM, Flo TH, Steinberg BE. Glycine inhibits NINJ1 membrane clustering to suppress plasma membrane rupture in cell death. Elife. 2022 12 05; 11. PMID: 36468682; PMCID: PMC9754625.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  4. Fraschilla I, Evavold CL. Biting the hand that feeds: Metabolic determinants of cell fate during infection. Front Immunol. 2022; 13:923024. PMID: 36311735; PMCID: PMC9614662.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
  5. Evavold CL, Kagan JC. Diverse Control Mechanisms of the Interleukin-1 Cytokine Family. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022; 10:910983. PMID: 35832789; PMCID: PMC9272893.
    Citations: 1     
  6. Evavold CL, Hafner-Bratkovic I, Devant P, D'Andrea JM, Ngwa EM, Boršic E, Doench JG, LaFleur MW, Sharpe AH, Thiagarajah JR, Kagan JC. Control of gasdermin D oligomerization and pyroptosis by the Ragulator-Rag-mTORC1 pathway. Cell. 2021 08 19; 184(17):4495-4511.e19. PMID: 34289345; PMCID: PMC8380731.
    Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  7. Magupalli VG, Negro R, Tian Y, Hauenstein AV, Di Caprio G, Skillern W, Deng Q, Orning P, Alam HB, Maliga Z, Sharif H, Hu JJ, Evavold CL, Kagan JC, Schmidt FI, Fitzgerald KA, Kirchhausen T, Li Y, Wu H. HDAC6 mediates an aggresome-like mechanism for NLRP3 and pyrin inflammasome activation. Science. 2020 09 18; 369(6510). PMID: 32943500.
    Citations: 84     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  8. Smith CB, Evavold C, Kersh GJ. The Effect of pH on Antibiotic Efficacy against Coxiella burnetii in Axenic Media. Sci Rep. 2019 12 02; 9(1):18132. PMID: 31792307.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  9. Evavold CL, Kagan JC. Inflammasomes: Threat-Assessment Organelles of the Innate Immune System. Immunity. 2019 10 15; 51(4):609-624. PMID: 31473100.
    Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  10. Evavold CL, Kagan JC. Defying Death: The (W)hole Truth about the Fate of GSDMD Pores. Immunity. 2019 01 15; 50(1):15-17. PMID: 30650374.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  11. Evavold CL, Ruan J, Tan Y, Xia S, Wu H, Kagan JC. The Pore-Forming Protein Gasdermin D Regulates Interleukin-1 Secretion from Living Macrophages. Immunity. 2018 01 16; 48(1):35-44.e6. PMID: 29195811.
    Citations: 399     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  12. Evavold CL, Kagan JC. How Inflammasomes Inform Adaptive Immunity. J Mol Biol. 2018 01 19; 430(2):217-237. PMID: 28987733.
    Citations: 65     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  13. Pucci F, Rickelt S, Newton AP, Garris C, Nunes E, Evavold C, Pfirschke C, Engblom C, Mino-Kenudson M, Hynes RO, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ. PF4 Promotes Platelet Production and Lung Cancer Growth. Cell Rep. 2016 11 08; 17(7):1764-1772. PMID: 27829148; PMCID: PMC5108525.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  14. Pucci F, Garris C, Lai CP, Newton A, Pfirschke C, Engblom C, Alvarez D, Sprachman M, Evavold C, Magnuson A, von Andrian UH, Glatz K, Breakefield XO, Mempel TR, Weissleder R, Pittet MJ. SCS macrophages suppress melanoma by restricting tumor-derived vesicle-B cell interactions. Science. 2016 Apr 08; 352(6282):242-6. PMID: 26989197.
    Citations: 138     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  15. Biggs HM, Turabelidze G, Pratt D, Todd SR, Jacobs-Slifka K, Drexler NA, McCurdy G, Lloyd J, Evavold CL, Fitzpatrick KA, Priestley RA, Singleton J, Sun D, Tang M, Kato C, Kersh GJ, Anderson A. Coxiella burnetii Infection in a Community Operating a Large-Scale Cow and Goat Dairy, Missouri, 2013. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Mar; 94(3):525-31. PMID: 26811433.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
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