Ali Abdul-Sater

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

205 Farquharson Life Sciences - FARQ
Keele Campus
Phone: 4167362100 Ext. 77320

Locations / Contact Info:

341 Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 4167362100 Ext. 77226

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


Ph. D. - 2010
University of California
Merced, CA - USA

M. Sc. - 2005
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

B. Sc. - 2003
Haigazian University
Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Publications

Abdul-Sater AA, Edilova MI, Clouthier DL, Mbanwi A, Kremmer E, Watts TH. The signaling adaptor TRAF1 negatively regulates Toll-like receptor signaling and this underlies its role in rheumatic disease. Nature Immunology 2017 18(1): 26-35. doi: 10.1038/ni.3618. 

Abdul-Sater AA, Majoros A, Plumlee CR, Perry S, Gu AD, Lee C, Shresta S, Decker T, Schindler C. Different STAT transcription complexes drive early and delayed responses to type I Interferons.  The Journal of Immunology, 2015 Jul 1;195(1):210-6

Abdul-Sater AA, Tattoli I, Jin L, Grajkowski A, Levi A, Koller BH, Allen IC, Beaucage SL, Fitzgerald KA, Ting JP, Cambier JC, Girardin SE, Schindler C. Cyclic-di-GMP and cyclic-di-AMP activate the NLRP3 inflammasome. EMBO Reports 2013 Oct;14(10):900-6

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Grajkowski, A., Erdjument-Bromage, H., Plumlee, C., Levi, A., Schreiber, M. T., Lee, C., Shuman, H., Beaucage, S. L. & Schindler, C. The overlapping host responses to bacterial cyclic dinucleotides. Microbes and Infection 2012 Feb;14(2):188-97.

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Said-Sadier, N., Lam, V. M., Singh, B., Pettengill, M. A., Soares, F., Tattoli, I., Lipinski, S., Girardin, S. E., Rosenstiel, P. & Ojcius, D. M. Enhancement of reactive oxygen species production and chlamydial infection by the mitochondrial Nod-like family member NLRX1. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2010 Dec 31;285(53):41637-45.

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Said-Sadier, N., Padilla, E. V. & Ojcius, D. Chlamydial infection of monocytes stimulates IL-1beta secretion through activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Microbes and Infection, 2010 Aug;12(8-9):652-61.

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Koo, E., Hacker, G. & Ojcius, D. M. Inflammasome-dependent caspase-1 activation in cervical epithelial cells stimulates growth of the intracellular pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2009 Sep 25;284(39):26789-96.

Sater, A. A., Ojcius, D. M. & Meyer, M. P. Susceptibility of Chlamydia trachomatis to the excipient hydroxyethyl cellulose: pH and concentration dependence of antimicrobial activity. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 2008 Jul;52(7):2660-2.

Seror, C., Melki, M. T., Subra, F., Raza, S. Q., Bras, M., Saidi, H., Nardacci, R., Voisin, L., Paoletti, A., Law, F., Martins, I., Amendola, A., Abdul-Sater, A. A., Ciccosanti, F., Delelis, O., Niedergang, F., Thierry, S., Said-Sadier, N., Lamaze, C., Metivier, D., Estaquier, J., Fimia, G. M., Falasca, L., Casetti, R., Modjtahedi, N., Kanellopoulos, J., Mouscadet, J. F., Ojcius, D. M., Piacentini, M., Gougeon, M. L., Kroemer, G. & Perfettini, J. L. Extracellular ATP acts on P2Y2 purinergic receptors to facilitate HIV-1 infection. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2011 Aug 29;208(9):1823-34. 

Ali Abdul Sater*, Matthew A Pettengill*, Robson Coutinho-Silva, David M Ojcius. Danger Signals, Inflammasomes, and the Intricate Intracellular Lives of Chlamydiae. , Biomedical JournalJuly 2016 (In Press) *co-first authors

Ali A Abdul-Sater and Dana J Philpott. Inflammasomes. Encyclopedia of Immunobiology 2016 (In Press)

Abdul-Sater, A. A. & Schindler, C. Interferon regulation of the innate response to bacteria. Jak-Stat Signaling : From Basics to Disease. DOI 10.1007/978-3-7091-0891-8_22, # Springer-Verlag/Wien 2012 (Book Chapter)

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Said-Sadier, N., Ojcius, D. M., Yilmaz, O. & Kelly, K. A. Inflammasomes bridge signaling between pathogen identification and the immune response. Drugs of Today (Barc), 2009 Nov;45 Suppl B:105-12. Review.


Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI)

International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS)

International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI)


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Physical activity and exercise can shape the function and physiology of the immune system. This has important implications on the susceptibility of athletes to infection, particularly upper respiratory infections (URTI). Therefore, understanding how exercise induces these changes allows us to select and optimize training programs that are most beneficial to reduce the incidence and severity of chronic inflammation and help lower infection risks. Our research is focused on:

1) Investigating the molecular mechanisms through which different exercise regimens regulate the immune response.

2) Identifying novel regulators of inflammation and how they are modulated by physical activity.

3) Examining the role of exercise on the immune response during chronic infection models.