Junior Scientist


Each year approximately 500 junior scientists (postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) meet at the annual meeting of the RNA Society to present posters and oral presentations among the world’s best and brightest in the field of RNA biology.  The mission of the RNA junior scientists is to promote networking and career building opportunities among graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists belonging to the RNA society. We aim to provide awareness of resources and opportunities for collaboration within this network of scientists. We will highlight breakthroughs in the RNA field, relevant workshops, awards, funding opportunities, events and meetings to foster meaningful interactions among RNA society junior scientists above and beyond those that occur at the annual meetings. 


Malgorzata Rogalska Returning Postdoc Representative

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Juan Valcárcel Juárez at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, studying regulation of pre-mRNA alternative splicing. My research project uses transcriptome-wide sequencing merged with network analysis and biochemical studies in order to deepen our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of splicing regulation.
I am passionate about enhancing the exchange of ideas between scientist from all over the world and at different stages in their careers. I have been fortunate to be a part of the Junior Scientist Committee since last year and is had been an amazing experience so far and I really looking forward to the next year meeting in Vancouver.


Luc Roberts  Incoming Graduate Student Representative

Hello! My name is Luc Roberts and I’m a PhD Candidate in the lab of Hans-Joachim Wieden at the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI). My thesis work is very diverse but revolves primarily around prokaryotic translation and the role of structured RNAs therein. In addition to lab work and helping organize our local RNA meetings (RiboWest) I spend my time playing board games and enjoying the outdoors. I’m also heavily active on twitter (@ScienceLuc), tweeting about science, being a dad, and whatever I’m watching on Netflix.
I’m very excited to be joining the Junior RNA Scientist Committee and look forward to serving the RNA Society to the best of my abilities. One of my main priorities will be ensuring the younger scientists have a voice in the RNA Society and I look forward to meeting you all in Vancouver!


Simon Hoser  Incoming Graduate Student Representative

I am a PhD student at the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Hüttenhofer. Hüttenhofer’s Lab is mostly affiliated with the searching after and characterization of ncRNAs in disease and disease development. Our computational analysis revealed a pre-mRNA-intrinsic, novel type of ncRNA in the introns of several nuclear genes. We found that these ncRNAs affect splicing and I am therefore in the process of defining the mechanism of action of ncRNA-mediated splicing modulation. Since I am working in a department, which is not specifically sophisticated in splicing, I am grateful to be part of an interconnected and diversified organization such as the RNA society. Partaking in the RNA Congress in Krakow in 2019, I was warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic group of young scientists, eager to help and encourage. Now being a member of the RNA Junior Society, I aspire to become a part of this as well, by building up new networks and collaborations for myself and others.

Liana Boraas  Incoming Postdoc Representative

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University in Stefania Nicoli’s laboratory in the Cardiovascular Research Center. As a postdoc, my work merges my previous experience with mechanobiology (PhD in biomedical engineering) with my new fascination with RNA biology. Specifically, I’m investigating the functional role of RNA localization and local translation in cell-matrix interactions.
Attending my first RNA Society Meeting in Krakow allowed me to experience the forefront of RNA research and present my own work to the world’s best RNA biologists. I appreciate the support the society has to offer and through the Junior Scientist Committee I have the opportunity to give back. Together, I want to help build a strong scientific community that assists one another at all levels.

Faculty Advisors: Katrin Karbstein (Scripps Research Institute Florida) and Samuel Butcher (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Help us build the junior scientist community throughout the year!

Stay connected to your colleagues throughout the year via social media (we’re on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). We encourage discussions and posts- feel free to post your successes (such as recently published papers), unsuccesses and your questions. The Facebook page is public, whereas the LinkedIn group is private, so feel free to post more specific questions, topics, or job postings.

Email: [email protected]

Sign up for the Junior Scientist listserv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RNASocietyJuniorScientists/

LinkedIn: RNA Society Junior Scientists (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8152215)

Twitter: @jrRNAscientists



We’ve collected some web and print career-building resources for junior scientists.  Each month we hope to expand this collection.  Please feel free to contact us with suggestions or additional links.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has already curated a comprehensive list of useful career development resources for junior scientists with this LibGuide.
The AAAS Career section has excellent links as well, including an extensive How-To series for young career scientists, an Outreach section for finding career-development live events.

Future of Research (FoR) is an advocacy group dedicated to organizing and bringing together junior scientists for the purposes of improving  conditions and opportunities in the research work environment.

UCSF’s MIND program is a new initiative to generate  and aggregate career development resources and training for graduate students and postdocs initially at UCSF, but eventually nationwide.  Watch for this program to eventually create the largest database (Mind bank) of career development resources available to the community.

We eventually hope to use our own resource page to collect and post career development resources and opportunities for RNA Society Junior Scientists that will be RNA specific, such as the University of Colorado RNA Bioscience Initiative.  So keep checking here for more to come.