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RTI 2021 Virtual Seminar Series


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

This biweekly 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 Spring 2021 seminar series will be held virtually. See the schedule below for the upcoming seminars. 

Date & Time Speaker, Affiliation, Title & Zoom Information Faculty Host
Feb 2 - 9am

Rotem Sorek, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science

"The immune system of bacteria: Beyond CRISPR"

Erik Sontheimer, PhD
Feb 23 - 10am

Julia Mahamid, PhD
Structural and Computational Biology Unit,
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

"Molecular views into cellular functions by in-cell cryo-electron tomography"

Niko Grigorieff, PhD
Mar 2 - 11am

Molly Przeworski, PhD
Professor, Biology Sciences Department,
Columbia University

"Causes and consequences of recombination hotspot evolution in vertebrates"

Phil Zamore, PhD
Mar 9 - 9am

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, PhD
Professor of Translational Genetics,
Dept of Human Genetics,
Leiden University Medical Center

"Developing antisense-mediated exon skipping: beyond the scientific state of the art"

Jon Watts, PhD
Mar 24 - 4pm

Wenwen Fang, PhD 
Assistant Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute
“Sensing RNA: from microRNA biogenesis to innate immunity”

Li Li, PhD
Assistant Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute
Efficient chemical RNA copying with 2-aminoimidazole activated nucleotides”

RNA Collaborative Seminar Series
Mar 30 - 10am Sun Hur, PhD

Oscar Schloss Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
Program in Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

"RIG-I-like receptors: assembly, action & clearance of the signalosome"

Wenwen Fang, PhD
April 6 - 10am Vadim Gladyshev, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital
BWH Division of Genetics, Redox Medicine

“Quantifying and Targeting the Aging Process"

Andrei Korostelev, PhD
April 27 - 10am

Brooke Rock, PhD
Director of Research, Amgen

"Bioanalytical techniques for siRNA; moving molecules from discovery to the clinic"

Anastasia Khrovova, PhD
May 11 - 10am Zasha Weinberg, PhD

Group Leader
Bioinformatics Group, Department of Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioinformatics
Leipzig University

TITLE: "Catalytic RNAs: strange structural variants in mysterious organisms"

Li Li, PhD
May 25 - 10am Shona Murphy, PhD

Professor of Molecular Genetics,
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

"The Mysterious World of the Pol II CTD Kinases"

Athma Pai, PhD

If you have any questions about the seminar series, please contact Stacey O'Neil, RTI Project Coordinator.