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RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

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The RNA Collaborative seminar series consists of a number of RNA research centers worldwide working together to provide online seminars during and beyond the COVID-19 institutional shutdowns. The RNA Collaborative aims to cross-promote RNA research to strengthen and connect the RNA scientific community.

Scientists are welcome to present 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 am EST, 4 pm EST, or host chooses, and are recorded and made freely available for viewing on the RNA Collaborative YouTube Channel.

Please see the RNA Society-sponsored page for up-to-date seminar schedule information: RNA Collaborative

RNA Collaborative seminars are sponsored by the RNA Society and are organized by the following international RNA Centers (27 current members and growing):


Please email Liz at for more information or to be added to the seminar distribution list​.




“RNA regulates glycolysis and embryonic stem cell differentiation via Enolase 1” & "Co-transcriptional RNP complex assembly in real-time: How transient protein-RNA interactions guide nascent ribosom..

Ina Huppertz, PhD & Olivier Duss, PhD - European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

 Dec 16, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Matthias Hentze, MD

“RAS signaling regulates the noncoding transcriptome” & “How do noncoding RNAs contribute to inflammation?”

Daniel Kim, PhD & Susan Carpenter, PhD - University of California, Santa Cruz

 Dec 02, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

"Targeting telomerase RNA in degenerative diseases" & “Role of coding and non-coding genes in aggressive thyroid cancer”

Suneet Agarwal, MD, PhD & Carmelo Nucera, MD, PhD - Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine

 Nov 18, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

Host: Frank Slack, PhD

“Targeting U2AF: A vulnerable rheostat of pre-mRNA splicing” & “Tumors taking the short cut: CDK12 and CDK13 in early transcription termination and nuclear RNA surveillance”

Clara Kielkopf, PhD, & Paul Boutz, PhD - URMC, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

 Nov 04, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dave Mathews, MD, PhD (sponsored by the RNA Society)

"Splicing quantification from RNASeq - How to get the signal out of the noise?" & "RNA species dance to the beat of modifications"

Yoseph Barash, PhD & Kathy Fange Liu, PhD - University of Pennsylvania RNA Group

 Oct 21, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar

“Pervasive translation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis” & "sxRNA: The Engineering of trans-Acting 3-Way Junctions for Function"

Joseph Wade, Ph.D. & Scott Tenenbaum, Ph.D. - The RNA Institute, University At Albany

 Oct 07, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom link

"Same Same Different: Single cell RNAseq identifies conserved and divergent features of mammalian spermatogenesis" & "Single cell transcriptomic profiling to understand breast stem cell heterogeneity

Sue Hammoud, Ph.D. & Justin Colacino, Ph.D. - University of Michigan, Center for RNA Biomedicine

 Sep 09, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar registration

Host: Mats Ljungman, Ph.D

"Image-based spatial genomics and transcriptomics" & "RNA decay deficits cause neurodegeneration in ALS/FTD"

Siyuan Wang, Ph.D. & Junjie Guo, Ph.D. - Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

 Aug 26, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

YouTube Channel

"A tale of tails: How 3’ uridylation altersmiRNA function" & "Local co-translational interactions controlprotein function"

Shuo Gu, Ph.D. & Stavroula Mili, Ph.D. - NCI RNA Biology Initiative

 Aug 12, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Registration (required for link)

“Prospects for hyper-individualized RNA medicines”; “A specialized post-transcriptional program in chemoresistant, quiescent cancer cells”

Tim Yu, MD, PhD; Shobha Vasudevan, PhD - Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine

 Jul 29, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar

"Programmable RNA-targeting by CRISPR-Cas enzymes" & "Coupled protein synthesis and ribosome-guided piRNA processing on mRNAs"

Mitch O'Connell, Ph.D.; Xin Li, Ph.D. - University of Rochester, Center for RNA Biology

 Jul 15, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar registration

“ncRNAs: ‘inside out’ cancer regulomers" & "Therapeutic targeting of ncRNAs in cancer"

Simone Anfossi, Ph.D. & Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Ph.D. - MD Anderson Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs

 Jul 01, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

YouTube Channel Link

"How efficiently do cells create mRNA? Balancing speed and accuracy in gene regulation" & “Fighting an RNA virus with an RNA drug”

Athma Pai, Ph.D. & Jonathan Watts, Ph.D. - RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Medical School

 Jun 17, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION (required for zoom link)

Two Talks: Nutrient-dependent control of RNA polymerase II elongation rate regulates gene expression programs by alternative polyadenylation" & "Spliceosome structure: Can the blind men now..."

Francois Bachand, Ph.D., Sherbrooke & Andrew McMillan, Ph.D., Univ of Alberta - RiboClub Sherbrooke, Québec

 Jun 03, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

YouTube Channel Link

Two Talks: "Regulatory paradigms controlling a core stress response" & "Simulating RNA folding pathways in 3D using sparse experimental constraint"

Morgan Sammons, Ph.D. & Alan Chen, Ph.D. - The RNA Institute, University At Albany

 May 20, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Webinar Link (Password-protected)

"It’s not the gene, it’s the neighborhood: Effects of large scale chromosomal structure on bacterial transcription"; "A link between translation quality control and mRNA targeting to stress granules"

Peter Freddolino, Ph.D.; Stephanie Moon, Ph.D. - University of Michigan, Center for RNA Biomedicine

 May 06, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

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“Regulation of RNA decapping and phase separation by a human polypeptide” & “Long Noncoding RNAs in Cancer: What, Where and How?”

Sarah Slavoff, Ph.D.; Nadya Dimitrova, Ph.D. - Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

 Apr 22, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

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