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Among the several guest speakers the RNA Center hosts, we also host symposiums throughout the year. Members of the center also attend the RNA Upstate New York: Finger Lakes RNA Conference which has been hosted by the Hudson Valley RNA Club and the center. Below are a list of events and lectures that have been given by our members at these events. Please view our photos of these events.

RNA Upstate New York: Finger Lakes RNA Conference

Hosted by the Hudson Valley RNA Club and the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology

Friday, October 25, 2013

  • Keynote Lecture: Marlene Belfort, SUNY Albany

“How intron retroelements shape genomes”

  • Ryan Palumbo, Wadsworth Center

“Using the Ty1 retrotransposon to debunk the paralog specificity model for duplicated ribosomal protein genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”

  • Ben Fair, Cornell University

“Identifying regulators of alternative splicing in the fission yeast Schizosaccaromyces pombe”

  • Erin Wissink, Cornell University

“High-throughput discovery of 3’ UTR regulatory sequences”

  • Rebecca Rose, SUNY Albany

“Mass spectrometry-based RNomics: global surveys of ribonucleotide modifications as possible indicators of metabolic and cellular state”

  • Michael Guy, University of Rochester Medical Center

“High throughput quantification of tRNA function in vivo reveals unexpected interactions between tRNA residues”

  • Richard Bonocora, Wadsworth Center

“The transcriptional landscape of Escherichia coli”

  • Chun Kit Kwok, Pennsylvania State University

“Determination of in vivo RNA structure in low abundance transcripts”

  • Andrei Korostelev, UMass Medical School-Worcester

“New structural insights into mechanisms of cap-independent translation initiation”

  • Michael Gamalinda, Carnegie Mellon University

“Hierarchical assembly of neighborhoods within yeast 60S ribosomal subunits”

  • Neha Gupta, University of Rochester

“Identification and characterization of small subunit ribosomal intermediates in vivo”

  • Mushtaq Mir, Wadsworth Center

“Significant leaderless translation in Mycobacterium smegmatis”

  • Heather Feaga, Pennsylvania State University

“ArfBCC releases the ribosome from non-stop mRNAs and is required for viability in the absence of trans-translation”

  • Reyad Elbarbary, University of Rochester Medical Center

“STAU1 binding 3’ UTR IRAlus complements nuclear retention to protect cells from PKR-mediated translational shutdown”

  • Keynote Lecture: Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University

“miRNA-mediated control of gene expression by the CCR4-NOT complex”

Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Keynote Lecture: Ailong Ke, Cornell University

“T box riboswitch decodes both the information content and geometry of tRNA to affect gene expression”

  • William Swinehart, Ohio State University

“Dynamic tRNA modification in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”

  • Deepak Thirunavukarasu, SUNY Albany

“RNA aptamer-enabled manipulation reveals a HSP70 based timer in CHIP mediated ubiquitination of misfolded proteins”

  • Kimberly Prohaska, University of Rochester Medical Center

“Small molecule allosteric activation of APOBEC3G as a prophylactic against HIV infection”

  • Olga Novikova, SUNY Albany

“Synergy between mobile group II intron and conjugative plasmid promotes intron dispersal by retrotransposition”

  • Namhee Kim, New York University

“Folding RNA by a hierarchical graph sampling approach”

  • William Stephenson, SUNY-CNSE

“Direct observation of non-cooperative folding of single (CAG)n RNA molecules under mechanical tension”

  • Alan Chen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“High-resolution de-novo folding of three hyperstable RNA tetraloops using molecular dynamics simulations”

  • Keynote lecture: Philip Bevilacqua, Pennsylvania State University

“How RNA folds in vivo: Structure of low abundance transcripts and genome-wide profiling of RNA structure”

RNA Mini-Symposium

Hosted by the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology and RNA Structure & Function Cluster

Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Ling-Ling Chen, Professor, Institute of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

“Characterization of new long noncoding RNA species”

  • Archa Fox, Assistant Professor, Laboratory Head, Cancer Gene Regulation, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Perth, Western Australia

“A network of prion-like domains in RNA-binding proteins underpins paraspeckles: subnuclear RNP granules”

  • Tatsuaki Kurosaki, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Center for RNA Biology, University of Rochester

“ATP modulates the RNA binding and phosphorylation of UPF1”

  • Anders Byström, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

“Wobble uridine modifications in eukaryotes”

  • Denis LaFontaine, Professor, RNA Metabolism Laboratory, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

“Understanding human ribosome biogenesis”

  • Jack M. Sullivan, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, SUNY- Buffalo, Ross Eye Institute, VA Western New York Healthcare System

“Toward structure-activity relationships to optimize hammerhead ribozyme therapeutics”

  • Yoon Ki Kim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

“PNRC2-mediated mRNA decay in mammalian cells”

  • Mikko Frilander, Professor, Program on Developmental Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland

“Minor introns and nuclear decay of pre-mRNAs”

  • Charles Bond, Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia

“The interactions of DBHS-family proteins in nuclear structure and function”

  • Charles Thornton, Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Center for RNA Biology, University of Rochester

“Repetitive RNA as pathogen and therapeutic target”