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RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

The RNA Collaborative seminar series goal is to cross promote RNA research and strengthen and connect the RNA scientific community. These seminars are organized by the RNA Centers of the following institutions: MD Anderson Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs; Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine; NCI RNA Biology Initiative; RiboClub Sherbrooke, Québec; The RNA Institute, University At Albany; UMass Medical School, RNA Therapeutics Institute; University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine;University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology; Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

We encourage RNA Centers across the world to join us. If your RNA Center is interested in joining this collaborative, please contact Martina Jerant at mjerant@umich.edu

SEMINARS TAKE PLACE EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAYS, 4:00–5:00 P.M. (EST)
Recordings available on our YouTube channel

Upcoming Seminars


July 1, 2020, Host: MD Anderson Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs

Dr. Simone Anfossi, Instructor and Fellow of the MDACC ncRNA Center “ncRNAs: ‘inside out’ cancer regulomers”
Dr. Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Instructor and Fellow of the MDACC ncRNA Center “Therapeutic Targeting of ncRNAs in Cancer”

Moderator: George Calin

Meeting link


July 15, 2020, Host: University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology

Mitch O’Connell, Ph.D. Programmable RNA-targeting by CRISPR-Cas enzymes”
Xin Li, Ph.D. “Coupled protein synthesis and ribosome-guided piRNA processing on mRNAs”
Moderator: Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Meeting link TBD


July 29, 2020, Host: Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine

Speakers and meeting link TBD


August 12, 2020, Host: NCI RNA Biology Initiative

Shuo Gu, Ph.D.
Voula Mili, Ph.D.

Meeting link TBD

Previous Seminars


June 17, 2020, Host: UMass Medical School, RNA Therapeutics Institute
Athma Pai, Ph.D. “How efficiently do cells create mRNA? Balancing speed and accuracy in gene regulation”
Jonathan Watts, Ph.D.Fighting an RNA virus with an RNA drug
Moderator: Phil Zamore

June 3, 2020, Host: Riboclub, Sherbrooke
Francois Bachand, Sherbrooke
Nutrient-dependent control of RNA polymerase II elongation rate regulates gene expression programs by alternative polyadenylation
Andrew McMillan, University of Alberta
Spliceosome Structure: Can the Blind Men Now Describe the Elephant?
Moderator: Sherif Abou Elela

May 20, 2020, Host: The RNA Institute, University At Albany
Morgan Sammons, Ph.D. Regulatory paradigms controlling a core stress response
Alan Chen, Ph.D. Simulating RNA folding pathways in 3D using sparse experimental constraints
Moderator: Marlene Belfort, Ph.D.

May 6, 2020, Host: University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine
Peter Freddolino, Ph.D. It’s not the gene, it’s the neighborhood: Effects of large scale chromosomal structure on bacterial transcription
Stephanie Moon, Ph. D. A link between translation quality control and mRNA targeting to stress granules
Moderator: Nils Walter, Ph.D.

April 22, 2020, Host: Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine
Sarah Slavoff, Ph.D. Regulation of RNA decapping and phasebseparation by a human polypeptide
Nadya Dimitova, Ph.D. Long Noncoding RNAs in Cancer: What, Where and How?
Moderator: Karla Neugebauer, Ph.D.