RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

Information and Upcoming Seminars

The RNA Collaborative is a grassroots effort led by a number of RNA research centers worldwide to provide an on-line seminar series during and beyond the institutional shut-down caused by COVID-19. The goal of the program is to promote and disseminate emerging RNA research and to establish and strengthen connections within the international RNA scientific community. Scientists are welcome to present all RNA-related research spanning from foundational discoveries to potential therapeutic applications. Host centers can choose to present one hour-long seminar, two 30-minute seminars, four poster sessions with introductory lightning talks, or a combination of talks and poster sessions.

Seminars are held virtually every other Wednesday, at either 10:00 am ET (2:00 pm GMT) or 4:00 pm ET (8:00 pm GMT) or depending on the host institution's preference.  Seminars are recorded and made freely available for viewing on the RNA Collaborative YouTube Channel. Seminars are open for viewing by all interested researchers, but prior registration is required to access the streaming content.

Current RNA Collaborative participating centers include: Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI)Cambridge RNA ClubEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)Groupe de Recherche RNAHarvard Medical School Initiative for RNA MedicineHelmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection ResearchInstitute of Molecular Biology (IMB)Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)MD Anderson Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAsNCI RNA Biology Initiative, NUS-CSI Singapore RNA Biology Center, Penn Institute for RNA InnovationRiboClub Sherbrooke, RNA MaxiGroup, University of Wisconsin-Madison, RNA Research Centre in Poznan, Shanghai RNA Club, The Bay Area RNA Club (BARC)The RNA Institute, University At AlbanyUCSC Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, USTC RNA InstituteUMass Medical School, RNA Therapeutics InstituteUniversity of Michigan Center for RNA BiomedicineUniversity of North Carolina RNA Research GroupUniversity of Rochester Center for RNA Biology, and Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine 

We invite institutions with RNA research programs to join the RNA Collaborative and present within this exciting on-line seminar series.  All below are free and open to the public.  For more information on having your center join the RNA Collaborative, please contact Grace Lee at [email protected].

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2023 Lightning Talk Workshop which was hosted online on April 24th and focused on techniques for giving good scientific presentations

First Place: $200
“RNA Stretch Out”
Lukáš Pekárek, PhD Student, Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)
[email protected]  

Second Place: $150
Guardians of the Immortals”
Sudheesh Allikka Parambil, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University
[email protected]

You can view the winner’s presentation on the RNA Collaborative Seminar Series YouTube channel.


September 27, 2023, 4 PM ET  NUS-CSI Singapore RNA Biology Center
Speaker Anthony Khong, Ph.DStress granules promote chemoresistance by enhancing p21 levels and triggering cell cycle exit
Speaker Pek Jun Wei , PhD"Stable intronic sequences RNA: an expanding universe"
Moderator: Yvonne Tay, PhD
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZCC8KbqeStqd8NDxaeyp-A

October 11, 2023, 10 AM ET Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)
Speaker Anuja Kibe, PhDThe translational landscape of HIV-1 infected cells reveals novel gene regulatory principles
Speaker Patrick Bohn"Native long read RNA structure probing to reveal RNA interaction sites"
Speaker Sahil Sharma, PhDEndogenous RNA targeting by RNA-guided nuclease Cas9 in its native host
Moderator: Neva Caliskan, PhD
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k7zzt4XWQByyHK-3_mnLqQ

October 25, 2023, 4 PM ET  Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine (HIRM)
Speaker Carmelo Nucera, MD, PhDIdentification of a new lincRNA in the thyroid gland
Speaker Amanda Whipple, PhD"Regulation of imprinted gene expression in the brain"
Moderator: Frank Slack, PhD
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_drV8sKDeTUWQ8fOqFHK8Dg

November 8, 2023, 10 AM ET The RNA Institute, SUNY University at Albany
Speaker Arun Richard Chandrasekaran, PhD“Title TBA”
Speaker Hannah Shorrock, PhD"Title TBA"
Moderator: TBA
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d_kYNWg1QXSzsowc11VWDQ


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