Welcome to the RNA Society. We’re a non-profit, international scientific society with more than 1800 members dedicated to fostering research and education in the field of RNA science. We host a peer-reviewed scientific journal, RNA, and an annual scientific conference, along with sponsoring other RNA-related scientific conferences through direct financial support and student travel grants. Mostly, we are a community of scientists who are passionate about better understanding the fascinating world of RNA biology.
In Memoriam: Thomas Steitz
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Thomas A. Steitz, a key scientist, colleague, mentor and entrepreneur in the history of RNA Biology and a beloved member of our Society. He died on October 9 at the age of 78. He will be greatly missed. Tom was Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, where he made seminal contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of gene regulation, including the atomic structure of the ribosome, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. His influence will continue to inspire generations of RNA researchers. Our thoughts are with Joan and their family. They have established an endowment for the Thomas Steitz Memorial Lecture Series, contributions to which can be made through giving.yale.edu/supportSteitzLecture.
We are looking for volunteers to help interview and compose profiles for our 2019 Member Spotlight Series—a monthly feature highlighting the outstanding lives and accomplishments of two RNA SOCIETY members. Come be part of the Spotlight Team—connect with other Society members and hone your writing skills! For more information, contact Dr. Olivia Rissland at [email protected].
This issue recaps the fantastic RNA 2018 conference in Berkeley; announces application deadlines for RNA Salons, as well as the Mid-Career, Early-Career and Scaringe Awards; provides an up-date on the on-going mentor program (seeking new mentors and mentees); introduces you to the new representatives for the Junior Scientist Committee; and more! Take time to check it out!
The Society journal, RNA, continues to thrive. Now in its 24th year, RNA continues to publish high quality articles, as well as timely communications, reviews, and opinion pieces, with an impact factor in the top 20% of journals in this class. Read more
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the RiboClub meetings, we are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2019 RiboClub Life Achievement Award are being accepted. Eligibility for this award is open to all scientists working in Canadian Institutions, with major contributions to the field of RNA biology. Read More
Call For Papers: Special Issue in the Journal of Structural Biology on RNA Structural Challenges, Modeling, and Design
We welcome contributions from scientists working to advance the field on both the genomic and molecular levels of RNA using novel experimental, mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches. Manuscript Submission Window: Aug.1 to Nov. 30, 2018. Learn More
Project: The work will focus on visualizing RNA conformational dynamics and interactions at very high resolution using NMR spectroscopy. This … more
A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Sang-Ging Ong in the Department of Pharmacology and the … more
Our laboratory studies basic mechanisms in RNA biology and RNA defects in neurologic diseases. We are particularly interested in how … more
The “Genomics of Long Non-Coding RNAs in Disease” Laboratory (GOLD Lab) at the University of Bern has an opportunity for … more
A postdoctoral position is immediately available in Dr. Zhipeng Lu lab at USC School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology and … moreView All Job Postings
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Member Spotlight Series
In recognition of the outstanding lives and accomplishments of our members, each month we profile two RNA Society members—one Full member and one Student/Post-doctoral Fellow member—as part of our Member Spotlight Series.
Dr. Stanek received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia studying Hfq proteins in the lab of Dr. Cameron Miura, and recently began post-doctoral work with Dr. Celia Goulding at University of California–Irvine. Learn about what advice she has for finding a post-doctoral position, why she believes graduate student mental health needs to be at the forefront of our discussions, and what she remembers most fondly from our 2017 meeting in Prague.
Professor Lynch is Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a leader in the field of alternative pre-mRNA splicing since graduate school. Read about why splicing initially captured her attention, what advice she has for junior scientists, and why many of her favorite RNA Society memories are associated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
RNA Salons are reoccurring, regional RNA science-based gatherings that cultivate year-long interaction, engagement, sharing of knowledge among RNA researchers and support of junior scientists. Read more about RNA Salons here.
In 2017/18, the RNA Society is supporting 37 RNA Salons worldwide. A complete list of funded RNA Salons can be found here.
The RNA Society regularly features the activities of exemplary RNA Salons. Our latest featured RNA Salon: Hungarian RNA Salons.