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RTI Seminar Series Archive

2021-2022 RTI Seminar Series

Date Speaker Seminar Title 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”

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

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

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

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

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

"Astrocyte-neuron interaction in health and disease"

Craig Mello, PhD
July 19, 2022

Ruet Shalgi, PhD
Associate Professor, Rappaport Institute of Medical Research

"The many faces of proteostasis regulation: from splicing control in stress to chaperone isoforms and their impact on neurodegeneration"

Athma Pai, PhD

2020-2021 RTI Seminar Series

Date & Time Speaker, Affiliation, Title  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

2019-2020 Seminar Series





Seminar Title

Sept. 19, 2019

Lin He, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Wen Xue

"MicroRNAs and Retrotransposons: Seeking Treasure in the Non-coding Genome"

Oct. 3, 2019

Hiten Madhani, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Erik Sontheimer

 "Epigenetic memory over geological timescales"

Oct. 24, 2019

Andrew York, Ph.D.

Calico Labs

David Grunwald

"Invention, Dissemination and Impact or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love DIY Publishing"

Nov. 7, 2019

Michael Axtell, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania State University

Phil Zamore

"Trans-species microRNAs from the parasitic plant Cuscuta target host mRNAs"

Dec. 12, 2019

Samie Jaffrey, M.D., Ph.D.

Weill Medical College, Cornell University

RTI Trainees

"Synthetic RNA Biology - Small RNAs for imaging and controlling cell biology"