RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

Information and Upcoming Seminars

The RNA Collaborative is a grassroots effort led by a number of RNA research centers across North America to provide reoccurring on-line seminar content 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.

Seminars are held virtually every other Wednesday, at either 9:00 am ET (1:00 pm GMT) or 4:00 pm ET (8:00 pm GMT) depending on the host institution and 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: MD Anderson Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs; Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine; NCI RNA Biology Initiative; RiboClub Sherbrooke; The RNA Institute, University At Albany; UMass Medical School, RNA Therapeutics Institute; University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine; University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology; Yale Center for RNA Science and MedicineEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Shanghai RNA Club, The Bay Area RNA Club (BARC), UCSC Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, and NUS-CSI Singapore RNA Biology CenterPenn RNA Group, University of PennsylvaniaHelmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research.

We invite institutions with RNA research programs to join the RNA Collaborative and present within this exciting on-line seminar series. For more information, to inquire about registering for an upcoming seminar, or to join the RNA Collaborative, please contact Martina Jerant at [email protected].


4 PM ET October 21, 2020 University of Pennsylvania RNA Group
Kathy Fange Liu, Ph.D. "RNA species dance to the beat of modifications"
Yoseph Barash, Ph.D.
"Splicing quantification from RNASeq - How to get the signal out of the noise?"
Moderator: Jeremy Wilusz, Ph.D.
Zoom link: https://upenn.zoom.us/j/92784386312?pwd=UldBb1JvOEFKVmVHSjN2QkhzS1lDUT09

4 PM ET November 4, 2020 University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology
Paul Boutz, Ph.D. “Tumors taking the short cut: CDK12 and CDK13 in early transcription termination and nuclear RNA surveillance”
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.  “Targeting U2AF: A vulnerable rheostat of pre-mRNA splicing”
Moderator: David Mathews, MD, PhD
Zoom link: https://urmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zcCfsnApR4C6cmN_xDBK2A

4 PM ET November 18, 2020  Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine
Suneet Agarwal, M.D., Ph.D. “Targeting telomerase RNA in degenerative diseases”
Carmelo Nucera. M.D., Ph.D.  “Role of coding and non-coding genes in aggressive thyroid cancer”
Moderator: Frank Slack, PhD
Zoom link: TBA  

4 PM ET December 2, 2020 University of California, Santa Cruz

9 AM ET December 16, 2020  European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Ina Huppertz, Ph.D. “Title TBA”
Oliver Dus, Ph.D.  “Title TBA”
Moderator: Matthias Hentze, PhD
Zoom link: 


4 PM ET January 13, 2021 NCI RNA Biology Initiative


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