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 RNAUMass Chan Medical School, RNA Therapeutics InstituteUniversity of Michigan Center for RNA BiomedicineUniversity of North Carolina RNA Research GroupOhio State UniversityUniversity of Rochester Center for RNA BiologyUniversity of Science & Technology of China (USTC) RNA InstituteYale Center for RNA Science and Medicine and Zhejiang University (ZJU) Center for RNA 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.


April 10, 2024, 4 PM ET Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI)
Speaker Zachary RobinsonDDX1 unwinds and retains NEAT1 lncRNA inside nuclear bodies
Speaker Indu Negi, PhD" Unravelling the dynamics of ykkC-I riboswitch: Insights into bacterial metabolism and metal ion-induced allostery through MD simulations"
Moderator: Laura Keffer-Wilkes, PhD
Zoom Registration link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VgFDRctATGexq8V6BHtXGw

April 24, 2024, 4 PM ET Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine
Speaker Matt SimonInsights into regulated gene expression from RNA and protein chemistry
Speaker Jun Lu" Cell surface RNAs in neutrophils "
Moderator: Karla Neugebauer
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C3nIRPczSgOKPTz6ECyg0w

May 8, 2024, 4 PM ET The Bay Area RNA Club (BARC)
Speaker Pending, Title Pending
Speaker Pending, "Title Pending"
Moderator: Pending
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pFYtv9fRSqCIaF2i1-o1hw

May 22, 2024, 10 AM ET Cambridge RNA Club
Speaker Pending, Title Pending
Speaker Pending, "Title Pending"
Moderator: Pending
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eaqHg_fsRg2TKgTXLT2Akw

June 5, 2024, 10 AM ET Zhejiang University (ZJU) Center for RNA Medicine
Speaker Pending, Title Pending
Speaker Pending, "Title Pending"
Moderator: Pending
Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LNb5fPkzTtCZmQMmIW7xjQ

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