Ebrahim Zandi, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

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Dr. Ebrahim (Ebi) Zandi is Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & immunology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1995 from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech, Pasadena, CA). He has made significant contributions to the field of NF-kB and IKK signal transduction pathways. He has been honored with several awards including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America Special Fellow Award, The V Foundation, and Stop Cancer. In addition, he is the first PEW Scholar Fellow (2001-2004) at USC. Furthermore, He has established Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics at KSOM, and is the founding director of the USC Proteomics Center of Excellence. Currently, his research involves the use of proteomics and other omic technologies to understand the function of microbiome in Ulcerative Colitis as well as chemo- and immune-therapy in cancer patients.


  • Midlife Study of the Louisville Twins: Connecting Cognitive Development to Biological and Cognitive Aging Behav Genet. 2020 03; 50(2):73-83. . View in PubMed
  • Endoplasmic reticulum stress activates SRC, relocating chaperones to the cell surface where GRP78/CD109 blocks TGF-ß signaling Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 05 01; 115(18):E4245-E4254. . View in PubMed
  • A perillyl alcohol-conjugated analog of 3-bromopyruvate without cellular uptake dependency on monocarboxylate transporter 1 and with activity in 3-BP-resistant tumor cells Cancer Lett. 2017 08 01; 400:161-174. . View in PubMed
  • Multidimensional Separation Using HILIC and SCX Pre-fractionation for RP LC-MS/MS Platform with Automated Exclusion List-based MS Data Acquisition with Increased Protein Quantification J Proteomics Bioinform. 2015 Nov; 8(11):260-265. . View in PubMed
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Promotes Tet1- and Tet2-Mediated Foxp3 Demethylation to Drive Regulatory T Cell Differentiation and Maintain Immune Homeostasis Immunity. 2015 Aug 18; 43(2):251-63. . View in PubMed
  • An Internally Translated MAVS Variant Exposes Its Amino-terminal TRAF-Binding Motifs to Deregulate Interferon Induction PLoS Pathog. 2015 Jul; 11(7):e1005060. . View in PubMed
  • Viral pseudo-enzymes activate RIG-I via deamidation to evade cytokine production Mol Cell. 2015 Apr 02; 58(1):134-46. . View in PubMed
  • Activation of a novel c-Myc-miR27-prohibitin 1 circuitry in cholestatic liver injury inhibits glutathione synthesis in mice Antioxid Redox Signal. 2015 Jan 20; 22(3):259-74. . View in PubMed
  • Expression and functional role of orphan receptor GPR158 in prostate cancer growth and progression PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0117758. . View in PubMed
  • Hydrogen sulfide maintains mesenchymal stem cell function and bone homeostasis via regulation of Ca(2+) channel sulfhydration Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 03; 15(1):66-78. . View in PubMed
  • CAF-secreted annexin A1 induces prostate cancer cells to gain stem cell-like features Mol Cancer Res. 2014 Apr; 12(4):607-21. . View in PubMed
  • Site-specific modification of adeno-associated viruses via a genetically engineered aldehyde tag Small. 2013 Feb 11; 9(3):421-9. . View in PubMed
  • Novel Phosphorylations of IKK? /NEMO. mBio. 2012 Nov 06; 3(6):e00411-12.. View in PubMed
  • Discovery of an orally active small-molecule irreversible inhibitor of protein disulfide isomerase for ovarian cancer treatment Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Oct 02; 109(40):16348-53. . View in PubMed
  • Autophagy protein Rubicon mediates phagocytic NADPH oxidase activation in response to microbial infection or TLR stimulation Cell Host Microbe. 2012 Mar 15; 11(3):264-76. . View in PubMed
  • Discovery and preclinical evaluation of a novel class of cytotoxic propynoic acid carbamoyl methyl amides (PACMAs) J Med Chem. 2011 Apr 28; 54(8):2902-14. . View in PubMed
  • Novel function and intracellular localization of methionine adenosyltransferase 2beta splicing variants J Biol Chem. 2010 Jun 25; 285(26):20015-21. . View in PubMed
  • DNA-PKcs regulates a single-stranded DNA endonuclease activity of Artemis DNA Repair (Amst). 2010 Apr 04; 9(4):429-37. . View in PubMed
  • Regulation of I(kappa)B kinase complex by phosphorylation of (gamma)-binding domain of I(kappa)B kinase (beta) by Polo-like kinase 1 J Biol Chem. 2008 Dec 19; 283(51):35354-67. . View in PubMed
  • Identification of galectin-3-binding protein as a factor secreted by tumor cells that stimulates interleukin-6 expression in the bone marrow stroma J Biol Chem. 2008 Jul 04; 283(27):18573-81. . View in PubMed
  • A simple and inexpensive on-column frit fabrication method for fused-silica capillaries for increased capacity and versatility in LC-MS/MS applications Proteomics. 2008 May; 8(9):1758-61. . View in PubMed
  • A critical role for IkappaB kinase beta in metallothionein-1 expression and protection against arsenic toxicity J Biol Chem. 2007 Jul 20; 282(29):21487-96. . View in PubMed
  • DNA-PKcs dependence of Artemis endonucleolytic activity, differences between hairpins and 5′ or 3′ overhangs J Biol Chem. 2006 Nov 10; 281(45):33900-9. . View in PubMed
  • Regulation of IkappaB kinase (IKK) complex by IKKgamma-dependent phosphorylation of the T-loop and C terminus of IKKbeta J Biol Chem. 2006 Jun 02; 281(22):15268-76. . View in PubMed
  • TNFalpha induces chromosomal abnormalities independent of ROS through IKK, JNK, p38 and caspase pathways Cytokine. 2006 Apr; 34(1-2):39-50. . View in PubMed
  • Identification of post-translational modifications by blind search of mass spectra Nat Biotechnol. 2005 Dec; 23(12):1562-7. . View in PubMed
  • InsPecT: identification of posttranslationally modified peptides from tandem mass spectra Anal Chem. 2005 Jul 15; 77(14):4626-39. . View in PubMed
  • Tumor necrosis factor alpha-dependent drug resistance to purine and pyrimidine analogues in human colon tumor cells mediated through IKK J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 04; 280(9):7634-44. . View in PubMed
  • Iron-mediated H2O2 production as a mechanism for cell type-specific inhibition of tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced but not interleukin-1beta-induced IkappaB kinase complex/nuclear factor-kappaB activation J Biol Chem. 2005 Jan 28; 280(4):2912-23. . View in PubMed
  • Identification of post-translational modifications via blind search of mass-spectra Proc IEEE Comput Syst Bioinform Conf. 2005; 157-66. . View in PubMed
  • Signaling role of intracellular iron in NF-kappaB activation J Biol Chem. 2003 May 16; 278(20):17646-54. . View in PubMed
  • Iron activates NF-kappaB in Kupffer cells Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2002 Sep; 283(3):G719-26. . View in PubMed
  • Complete reconstitution of human IkappaB kinase (IKK) complex in yeastAssessment of its stoichiometry and the role of IKKgamma on the complex activity in the absence of stimulation. J Biol Chem. 2001 Sep 28; 276(39):36320-6. . View in PubMed
  • Lipopolysaccharide induces Rac1-dependent reactive oxygen species formation and coordinates tumor necrosis factor-alpha secretion through IKK regulation of NF-kappa B J Biol Chem. 2001 Aug 10; 276(32):30188-98. . View in PubMed
  • Bridging the gap: composition, regulation, and physiological function of the IkappaB kinase complex Mol Cell Biol. 1999 Jul; 19(7):4547-51. . View in PubMed
  • Fluid shear stress activation of IkappaB kinase is integrin-dependent J Biol Chem. 1998 Nov 13; 273(46):30544-9. . View in PubMed
  • IKK-gamma is an essential regulatory subunit of the IkappaB kinase complex Nature. 1998 Sep 17; 395(6699):297-300. . View in PubMed
  • Direct phosphorylation of IkappaB by IKKalpha and IKKbeta: discrimination between free and NF-kappaB-bound substrate Science. 1998 Aug 28; 281(5381):1360-3. . View in PubMed
  • NF-kappaB-inducing kinase and IkappaB kinase participate in human T-cell leukemia virus I Tax-mediated NF-kappaB activation J Biol Chem. 1998 Aug 14; 273(33):21132-6. . View in PubMed
  • The IkappaB kinase complex (IKK) contains two kinase subunits, IKKalpha and IKKbeta, necessary for IkappaB phosphorylation and NF-kappaB activation Cell. 1997 Oct 17; 91(2):243-52. . View in PubMed
  • A cytokine-responsive IkappaB kinase that activates the transcription factor NF-kappaB Nature. 1997 Aug 07; 388(6642):548-54. . View in PubMed
  • Mutations in the conserved C-terminal sequence in thyroid hormone receptor dissociate hormone-dependent activation from interference with AP-1 activity Mol Cell Biol. 1997 Aug; 17(8):4687-95. . View in PubMed
  • Isolation of an AP-1 repressor by a novel method for detecting protein-protein interactions Mol Cell Biol. 1997 Jun; 17(6):3094-102. . View in PubMed
  • Nuclear entry, oligomerization, and DNA binding of the Drosophila heat shock transcription factor are regulated by a unique nuclear localization sequence Genes Dev. 1997 May 15; 11(10):1299-314. . View in PubMed
  • AP-1 function and regulation Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1997 Apr; 9(2):240-6. . View in PubMed
  • The yeast and mammalian Ras pathways control transcription of heat shock genes independently of heat shock transcription factor Mol Cell Biol. 1994 Jul; 14(7):4929-37. . View in PubMed
  • Zinc finger mutations that alter domain interactions in the glucocorticoid receptor J Mol Biol. 1993 Mar 05; 230(1):124-36. . View in PubMed