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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 2023/2024 seminar series will be held both virtually and in-person.There will always be an option to view the seminar via Zoom. All seminars are held at 10:00 - 11:00am in AS4-2072.

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.

  • Nicolay Shirokikh

    Nicolay Shirokikh, MSc, PhD

    NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, Australian National University

    September 12, 2023
    “Improving therapeutic mRNA: accurate control of transcript function with AI-based analytics”

    Hosted by Andrei Korostelev

  • Benjamin Wolozin

    Benjamin Wolozin, PhD

    Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology Boston University School of Medicine

    October 31, 2023
    “The Cellular Phase of Alzheimer’s disease: Interaction of the RNA metabolic stress response with tau drives neurodegeneration”

    Hosted by Fen-Biao Gao

  • Miro Astore

    Miro Astore, PhD

    Research Fellow, Flatiron Institute

    November 14, 2023
    "The potential offered by combining molecular simulation with electron microscopy"

    Hosted by Niko Grigorieff

  • Eric Green

    Eric Green, MD, PhD

    Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

    January 9, 2024
    "Creating the Fourth Chapter of Human Genomics"

    Hosted by Phil Zamore & Zhiping Weng

  • Robert DeLong

    Robert DeLong, PhD

    Director of mRNA Technologies, Landmark Bio

    January 30, 2024
    "Beyond mRNA and Lipid Nanoparticles: What’s on the Horizon?"

    Hosted by David Grunwald

  • Arjun Raj

    Arjun Raj, PhD

    Professor of Bioengineering & Professor of Genetics University of Pennsylvania

    February 22nd, 2024
    "Building cellular memories as a mechanism of therapy resistance in melanoma"

    Hosted by the RTI Trainees


  • Sarah Woodson

    Sarah Woodson, PhD

    T. C. Jenkins Professor of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University

    March 5, 2024
    "RNA folding: transcription, chaperones, and slippery knots"

    Hosted by Li Li

  • Yukiko Yamashita

    Yukiko Yamashita, PhD

    Professor of Biology; Core Member, Whitehead Institute; Co-Chair, Biology

    March 22, 2024

    "Unexpected role of asymmetric stem cell division in germline immortality"

    Hosted by Phil Zamore

  • David Bentley

    David Bentley, PhD

    Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

    March 26, 2024

    "Transcription elongation and co-transcriptional splicing"

    Hosted by Athma Pai

  • Sergej Djuranovic

    Sergej Djuranovic, PhD

    Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology, Washington University School of Medicine

    April 2, 2024

    "PolyA track associated frameshifting in stress and cancer”

    Hosted by Andrei Korostelev

  • Zhonghua Lu

    Zhonghua Lu, PhD

    Professor, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    April 5, 2024 
    "Development of nonhuman primate models and gene therapy strategies for neurodegenerative disorders”  

    Hosted by Fen-Biao Gao

  • Robert Coleman

    Robert Coleman, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    April 9, 2024

    "Shining Light on the Dynamics of Gene Expression in Health and Disease"

    Hosted by David Grunwald

  • Hachung Chung

    Hachung Chung, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Harvard University

    April 23, 2024

    "Double-stranded RNA as a trigger for neuroinflammation"

    Hosted by Wenwen Fang

  • Ken Yamada

    Ken Yamada, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Khvorova Lab, RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Chan Medical School

    April 30, 2024

    "Novel chemistry platform developments for RNAi intervention in challenging extrahepatic tissues "

    Hosted by Anastasia Khvorova

  • Wendy Gilbert

    Wendy Gilbert, PhD

    Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

    May 7, 2024

      “More than U know: Unexpected roles of uridine modifying enzymes in health and disease”  

    Hosted by Andrei Korostelev

  • Xiao Wang

    Xiao Wang, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Broad Institute, MIT

    *Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    "Expanding the alphabet and topology of synthetic mRNAs"

    Hosted by RTI Trainees

  • Jennifer Heemstra

    Jennifer Heemstra, PhD

    Chair and Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

    June 11, 2024

    "A chemical biology toolbox for probing A-to-I RNA editing"

    Hosted by Jonathan Watts