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RTI Seminar Series

Join the Virtual Seminar Series, organized by the RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMass Medical School

This seminar series offers students, postdocs, and faculty the opportunity to interact directly with speakers discussing a diverse array of topics within the RNA world.

The 2021/2022 seminar series will be held virtually. See the schedule below for the upcoming seminars.

Most seminars are recorded.  Please contact us if you would like a link to view the seminar.

Date Speaker Seminar Title & Zoom Link Faculty Host
December 14, 2021

Ian MacRae, PhD
Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, Scripps Research Institute

"Diverse small RNA mechanisms in plants, animals, and viruses"


Phillip Zamore, PhD
January 11, 2022

Eric T. Kool, PhD
George A. and Hilda M. Daubert Professor of Chemistry
Stanford University

"Small-Molecule Reactive Probes of RNA"


Jon Watts, PhD
February 1, 2022

Mihaela Zavolan, PhD
Professor in Computational Biology/Genomics, Biozentrum, University of Basel

“Cell-type specific expression of 3’ UTR isoforms: quantification, regulation, functional relevance”

Athma Pai, PhD
February 22, 2022

Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD
Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine

"Molecular and neurobiological studies in Rett syndrome and other MECP2 disorders"

Voices In Science
March 1, 2022

Nadya Dimitrova, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University

"Long noncoding RNAs at the intersection of cancer pathways"

Wen Xue, PhD
March 4, 2022

Stefan L. Ameres, PhD
Professor of RNA Biology, University of Vienna
EMBO Young Investigator
Group Leader at the Max Perutz Labs
Group Leader at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Dissecting gene regulatory mechanisms by time-resolved transcriptomics”

Phil Zamore, PhD
March 8, 2022

Toshiyuki Shimizu, PhD
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Tokyo

"Structural biology of nucleic acid sensing Toll-like receptors"

Wenwen Fang, PhD
March 21, 2022

Karla Neugebauer, PhD
Yale University 
Dept Mol Biophysics and Biochemistry
Dept Cell Biology
Director, Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine
Director of Graduate Studies in MB&B

“Pre-mRNA processing and the organization of the cell nucleus”



RTI Trainees

March 29, 2022

Guocai Zhong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunology and Microbiology
The Scripps Research Institute

“Devising an RNA switch toolbox for developing regulatable gene therapies”

RTI &
GTC (faculty candidate)

April 5, 2022

Joana A. Vidigal, PhD
NIH Distinguished Scholar
Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute, NIH

"AGO2 unchained: in vivo roles in the miRNA pathway and beyond" Anastasia Khvorova, PhD

April 12, 2022
10:00 - 11:30am

Jue Chen
William E. Ford professor of biochemistry and head of the Laboratory of Membrane Biology and Biophysics at the Rockefeller University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

"CFTR, the odd ABC transporter responsible for cystic fibrosis"


Niko Grigorieff, PhD

April 26, 2022
10:00 - 11:30am

ChangHwan Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Albany, SUNY

"Understanding dynamics of Notch-induced transcriptional bursting in its native context"

David Grunwald, PhD
May 10, 2022
10:00 - 11:30am

Andrea Pauli
Group Leader, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

“Kicking off life – new insights into the egg-to-embryo transition”


Andrei Korostelev, PhD
May 24, 2022
1:00 - 2:30pm

Nicola Allen, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

"Astrocyte-neuron interaction in health and disease"

Craig Mello, PhD