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In Memoriam: Kiyoshi Nagai

posted on October 1st, 2019
Our dear colleague Kiyoshi Nagai, an outstanding pioneer in the structural determination of RNA-protein complexes and the spliceosome, sadly passed away at the height of his career on September 27.  After a PhD with Hideki Morimoto at Osaka University and a postdoc with Max Perutz at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, he stayed at LMB for the rest of his life, working with a small group that focused with immense dedication on solving structures of the spliceosome using X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. His monumental work includes the first glimpses of an RRM domain bound to its target RNA, of U1 snRNP, U4/5/6 tri-snRNP as well as spliceosome complexes from pre- to post-catalytic. His smiling face will always come to mind when we reveal something new and beautiful about the RNA World. Read More

In Memoriam: Heidi Dvinge

posted on September 25th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Heidi Dvinge. Heidi was an Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was studying the mis-regulation of RNA processing and its role in disease. Her post-doctoral work was in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Bradley at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. Heidi’s friends and colleagues describe her as an amazing human being: talented, creative, dedicated, insightful, energetic, thoughtful and full of joy. She will be terribly missed.

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Fall 2019 Newsletter Available

The RNA Society's Fall 2019 Newsletter is now available for download. Read about the new Izaurralde Award and deadlines for all awards (October 1). Hear from President Anna Marie Pyle, read about RNA 2019, and more.
posted on August 26th, 2019