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RTI Seminar Series

Join the Seminar Series, organized by the RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMass Chan 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 2022/2023 seminar series will be held both virtually and in-person.There will always be an option to view the seminar via Zoom.

Please check back here for updates to the schedule and Zoom links. Zoom links will be available the day before the seminar.

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

  • Daniel N. Wilson

    Daniel N. Wilson, PhD

    Professor, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg

    October 25, 2022
    "David vs Goliath: Ribosome-targeting antibiotics and bacterial resistance mechanisms" 

    Hosted by Andrei Korostelev, PhD

  • Jin Billy Li

    Jin Billy Li, PhD

    Associate Professor, Genetics, Stanford University

    November 1, 2022
    "RNA Editing: From Biology to Therapy"

    Hosted by Wenwen Fang, PhD

  • Paul Rowley

    Paul Rowley, PhD

    Associate Professor, The University of Idaho

    November 29, 2022
    "A Novel HIV Interaction Site in Nucleoporin 153"

    Hosted by David Grunwald, PhD

  • Andrew Bellinger

    Andrew Bellinger, MD, PhD

    Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Verve Therapeutics

    December 6, 2022
    "Disrupting the care of cardiovascular disease with single-course gene editing medicines"

    Hosted by Neil Aronin, MD

  • Takanori Yokota

    Takanori Yokota, MD, PhD

    Professor in Neurology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

    December 9, 2022
    "Update of DNA/RNA heteroduplex oligonucleotide (HDO)"

    Hosted by Jonathan Watts, PhD

  • Eric Lai

    Eric Lai, PhD

    Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    January 10, 2023
    "Red queen and the lost boys: The role of RNAi in defending sex chromosome conflict"

    Hosted by Phillip Zamore, PhD

  • Daniel J. Siegwart

    Daniel J. Siegwart, PhD

    Professor, W. Ray Wallace Distinguished Chair in Molecular Oncology Research, Department of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center

    February 7, 2023
    “The present and future of mRNA lipid nanoparticles (LNPs): From COVID-19 vaccines to Selective Organ Targeting (SORT) tissue-specific gene editing”

    Hosted by Jonathan Watts, PhD

  • Li-Chun Tu

    Li-Chun Tu, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    February 28, 2023
    10:00 - 11:00am

    "CRISPR-based imaging reveals reversible chromosome territory deformation in interphase nuclei"

    Hosted by David Grunwald, PhD

  • Hiro Furukawa

    Hiro Furukawa, PhD

    Principal Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    March 21, 2023
    "Dissecting molecular machine and pharmacology of neurotransmission and neuromodulation"

    Hosted by Niko Grigorieff, PhD

  • Ronald Van Rij

    Ronald Van Rij, PhD

    Dept. Medical Microbiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

    March 28, 2023
    "Beyond transposon control: piRNA biology in mosquitoes"

    Hosted by Phil Zamore, PhD

  • Stirling Churchman

    Stirling Churchman, PhD

    Associate Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

    April 4, 2023
    "The dynamics of gene expression, from the nucleus to mitochondria"

    Hosted by Athma Pai, PhD

  • Susan Shao

    Susan Shao, PhD

    Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard University

    April 11, 2023
    “Mechanisms of inhibitors of mammalian translation”

    Hosted by Andrei Korostelev, PhD

  • Norbert Pardi

    Norbert Pardi, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    May 2, 2023
    Nucleoside-modified mRNA - developing a new class of drug”

    Hosted by Li Li, PhD

  • Silvi Rouskin

    Silvi Rouskin, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School

    May 23, 2023
    10:00 - 11:00am

    Hosted by RTI Trainees

  • Junwei Shi

    Junwei Shi, PhD

    Assistant Professor Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania

    May 30, 2023
    10:00 - 11:00am

    "Genome Engineering and Applications of CRISPR in Primary Cells"
    Hosted by Wen Xue, PhD