About Sally G Pasion


(415) 405-0736


Associate Professor


BiologyCollege of Science and Engineering


Hensill Hall (HH)


Office Hours: 

Thursday: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Fall 2022: Advising for students who are BA or Minor in Biology. Also office hours for students enrolled in Biol 355-01 or Biol 743. Please make appointments on Navigator following this link: https://sfsu.campus.eab.com/pal/5tVebeuVMs . If you are unable to attend these office hours, you can find other Biology Major Advisors here: https://biology.sfsu.edu/advising/advisors


At SF State Since:



Sally Pasion joined the faculty at San Francisco State in 2001, and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology, and teaches general education Biology courses to nonmajors, genetics and molecular biology to majors, and cell & molecular techniques to graduate students.  Her research interests include DNA replication and telomere maintenance in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the fission yeast, which is an excellent system for training undergraduate and graduates students in basic cell biology, molecular biology, and microbiology.  Her research has been funded by a National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute UCSF/SFSU Collaborative-Cancer Research and Research Training Grant and a National Institutes of Health MBRS-SCORE Grant.  

She completed a B.A. in Chemistry at Harvard University, and then worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Pharmacology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, studying gene amplification in pituitary tumor cells. She received a Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA in 1995, studying a mitochondrial topoisomerase and the cell cycle regulation of DNA replication in the trypanosome Crithidia fasciculata.  She studied DNA replication in the fission yeast, at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies for her postdoctoral studies until 2000.  

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers