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Bassem Shoucri


University of California, San Diego
B.S., 2009, Bioengineering-Premedical
M.S., 2010, Bioengineering


Bruce Blumberg
The endocrine disrupting chemical tributyltin acts through retinoid X receptor to promote adipose lineage allocation and perturb adipocyte function
Taosheng Huang
Bruce Blumberg
Developmental Biology, Genetics, Toxicology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology
We are interested in how prenatal exposure to chemicals in the environment can program disease risk later in life, particularly obesity and metabolic disease
Chamorro-García R, Diaz-Castillo C, Shoucri BM, Käch H, Leavitt R, Shioda T, Blumberg B. Ancestral perinatal obesogen exposure results in a transgenerational thrifty phenotype in mice. Nature Communications. 2017 Dec;8(1):2012.

Shoucri BM, Martinez ES, Abreo TJ, Hung VT, Moosova Z, Shioda T, Blumberg B. Retinoid X receptor activation alters the chromatin landscape to commit mesenchymal stem cells to the adipose lineage. Endocrinology. 2017 Oct;158(10).

Shoucri BM, Blumberg B (2016). Chapter 20: Impact of Environmental Obesogens: Focus on Mechanisms Linking to Childhood Obesity In MI Goran (Ed.), Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences, and Intervention Approaches. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Vickers KC, Landstreet SR, Levin MG, Shoucri BM, Toth CL, Taylor RC, Palmisano BT, Tabet F, Cui HL, Rye KA, Sethupathy P, Remaley AT. MicroRNA-223 coordinates cholesterol homeostasis. PNAS. 2014 Oct;111(40):14518-23.

Tabet F, Vickers KC, Cuesta Torres LF, Wiese CB, Shoucri BM, Lambert G, Catherinet C, Prado-Lourenco L, Levin M, Thacker SG, Sethupathy P, Barter PJ, Remaley AT, Rye KA. HDL-transferred microRNA-223 regulates ICAM-1 expression in endothelial cells. Nature Communications. 2014 Feb;5:3292.

Esmailpour T, Riazifar H, Liu JL, Donkervoort S, Huang VH, Madaan S, Shoucri BM, Busch A, Wu J, Towbin A, Chadwick RB, Sequeira A, Vawter MP, Guoli S, Johnston JJ, Biesecker LG, Kawaguchi R, Sun H, Kimonis V, Huang T. A splice donor mutation in NAA10 results in the dysregulation of the retinoic acid signaling pathway and causes Lenz microphthalmia syndrome. Journal of Medical Genetics. 2014 Mar;51(3):185-96.

Vickers KC, Shoucri BM, Levin MG, Wu H, Pearson DS, Osei-Hwedieh DO, Collins FS, Remaley AT, Sethupathy P. MicroRNA-27b is a regulatory hub in lipid metabolism and is altered in dyslipidemia. Hepatology. 2013 Feb;57(2):533-42.

Vickers KC, Palmisano BT, Shoucri BM, Shamburek RD, Remaley AT. MicroRNAs are transported in plasma and delivered to recipient cells by high-density lipoproteins. Nature Cell Biology. 2011 Apr;13(4):423-33.

Shoucri BM, Edwards KM, Schmid-Schönbein GW, Mills PJ. Plasma-stimulated pseudopod formation is increased in patients with elevated blood pressure. Hypertension Research. 2011 Jun;34(6):787-9.


2016-2018, Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (EPA STAR) Graduate Fellowship
2015-2016, American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship
2018, Endocrinology Trainee Award for an Outstanding Publication in 2017, The Endocrine Society
2018, Early Career Forum Travel Award, The Endocrine Society
2017, Trainee Travel Award, The United States Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
2017, Outstanding Abstract Award, The Endocrine Society
2016 & 2017, Graduate Fine Science Tools Travel Award in Developmental Biology, UCI Bio Sci
2012 & 2013, Medical Education Student Service Award, UCI SOM
2010, Intramural Research Training Award, NHLBI
2009, B.S. awarded magna cum laude, UCSD
2008, Phi Beta Kappa, UCSD

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