Spotlights Archive

Dr. Anita Corbett is Professor of Biology at Emory University. Read about how her lab combines multiple model systems to study RNA binding proteins, her advice for junior scientists, and her unusual travel to the 2014 Annual RNA Society Meeting in Quebec City.

Mr. Cody Hernandez is a graduate student at the University of Chicago in Professor Jonathon Staley’s lab. Read about his scientific path from taking remedial classes in college to graduate school and his advocacy efforts to make science better for trainees coming after him.

Dr. Laederach is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Read his advice on the importance of becoming fluent in data analysis, his thoughts on how RNA structure influences translation initiation, and his favorite story of how the annual RNA Society meeting has shaped his lab’s research.

Dr. Lovorka Stojic is a postdoctoral research at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and will soon be starting her own lab at the Barts Cancer Institute in London. Read about Dr. Stojic’s circuitous path from genome stability to long noncoding RNAs and her thoughts about the future of the lncRNA field.

Dr. Sharon Crary is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Global Health Program at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Learn about her advice for trainees considering a career at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution (PUI) and her path to founding Social Promise, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving health and education in Uganda.

Dr. David Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Phil Bevilacqua at Pennsylvania State University. Read about what first drew him to study RNA structure, what lessons he has learned from method development, and how mentoring has shaped his career.

Dr. Christine Chow is Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Learn about what sparked her interest in modified nucleotides and RNA therapeutics, how she has connected with her local community to mentor more than 100 first-generation students, and what advice she has for trainees based on all of these experiences.

Dr. Boris Zinshteyn is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Rachel Green at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read about what drew him to the RNA world, how he chose his post-doctoral lab, and why he feels that programming is an essential skill for current trainees in RNA research.

Dr. Luisa Cochella is Group Leader at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna. Read about how Dr. Cochella’s love of both RNA and developmental biology has shaped her research, how she persevered through difficult times during her post-doctoral training, and what her sage advice she has for trainees.

Dr. Ana Casañal is a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Lori Passmore (MRC—Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK). Read about why Dr. Casañal considers structural approaches to be a key ingredient in understanding RNA biology, what role her past and present mentors have played in her success, and what advice she has for trainees beginning to search for post-doctoral positions.

Dr. Samantha Jumbe recently completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Michael Landomery at the University of West England. Learn about what role she thinks ASOs could play in treating cancer, why she has enjoyed being part of the RNA community, and how she has dealt with the social stigmas of being in a wheelchair.

Dr. Eric Hayden is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University, where his lab studies ribozymes and RNA evolution. Learn about why he is excited about bioengineering, what advice he has for trainees, and how he navigated his faculty job search.

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.

Solomon Haziel hails from Ghana and is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the lab of Professor Dixie Goss at City University of New York (CUNY)–Hunter College. Read about how he chose his graduate program, what he enjoyed about his first RNA Society meeting last year in Berkeley, and what advice he has for other trainees who will be joining us for the first time at RNA2019 in Krakow.

One of the co-founders of the RNA Society, Professor Marvin Wickens has been a driving force in the field of post-transcriptional gene regulation. Read about what advice he has for junior scientists, why he still stays so involved in the RNA Society, and what got him through one of the biggest challenges in his career.

Dr. Megan Mayerle recently completed post-doctoral training in the lab of Dr. Christine Guthrie and is now employed as a Grant Writer and Project Coordinator at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. Learn what she thinks are the big questions in the field of pre-mRNA splicing and how she navigated the search for a non-faculty position.

Professor Johnson is a leader in the field of pre-mRNA splicing and known for her commitment to mentoring and education. Read about what research directions she currently finds most exciting, why she finds mentoring so rewarding, and what advice she has for trainees.

Professor Manny Ares Jr. is a long-time member of the RNA Society, former Society president, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Learn about how serendipity led to him describing the yeast U2 gene and what advice he has for current trainees.

Junior Scientist Representative Dr. Kris Brannan is post-doctoral fellow in the Yeo lab at the University of California San Diego. Learn about what lessons he has drawn from his forays into bioinformatics and why he is such a passionate member of the RNA Society.

A leader in the RNA dynamics field, Dr. Hashim Murtadha Al-Hashimi is the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry and the Director of the Duke Center for RNA Biology. Learn about how his passion for structural dynamics started and what first drew him to RNA.

Madalena Madeira Reimão Pinto is a 5th-year Ph.D. student in the Ameres lab at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology and University of Vienna, Austria. Learn about why her childhood hero is David Attenborough, what lessons molecular biologists can take from nature documentaries, and how doing graduate work in a new lab can benefit students.

Dr. Mary Anne O’Connell is the European Research Area Chair in RNA and Immunity at the Central European Institute of Technology. A pioneer in the RNA editing field, Dr. O’Connell is also a long-time member and active participant in the RNA Society. Read about her favorite moment at an annual meeting and key advice for achieving scientific success.

Dr. Michael Kearse is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a recent awardee of an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence grant. Learn about his unusual career trajectory, love of non-canonical translation start sites, and suggestions for finding a great training environment.

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