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.


February 14, 2024, 4 PM ET RNA MaxiGroup, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Speaker Karli Lipinski, Regulation of 3ʹ splice site selection by yeast splicing factor Fyv6
Speaker Lauren Mazurkiewicz, "Effects of diphthamide modification on translational fidelity and the yeast proteome"
Speaker: Saeed Roschdi, “Conformational variability of poly (UG) RNA: Complex folds from simple sequences
Moderator: Prof. Aaron Hoskins
Zoom Registration link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tLWiN5uMQvWELd1_Npmxqg

February 28, 2024, 10 AM ET European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Speaker  Olivier Duss, “Tracking assembly and function of single active RNPs in real-time
Speaker Lucía Álvarez"The molecular dissection of TRIM25‘s RNA-binding mechanism provides key insights into its antiviral activity"
Moderator: Janosch Hennig
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M7G5tfUfQb6vxeWADGwmVA

March 13, 2024, 10 AM ET  UMass Chan Medical School, RNA Therapeutics Institute
Speaker Andrei Korostelev"Tracking assembly and function of single active RNPs in real-time"
Speaker Julia Alterman, "Delivering siRNA to the skin: an investigation of novel chemistry and routes of administration"
Moderator: Pending
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_44q4AQwQSCePhmqoewqLww

March 27, 2024, 10 AM ET UNC RNA Discovery Center
Speaker Pending, Title Pending
Speaker Pending, "Title Pending"
Moderator: Pending
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tFclhgIBQ7i_mVty-yeMGQ

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