2016-2017 RNA Seminars

RNA Innovation Seminars (6/8/17): Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –Max Wicha, MD “Regulation of breast cancer stem cells by non-coding RNA’s” (AbstractFlyer)


5/18/17 RNA Seminar Grill and Dahl

Thurs, May 18, 2017: Michigan League – Michigan Room (2nd Floor) –Sheri A. Grill “The long and short of human TPP1” and Jan Dahl “The anti-inflammatory drug mesalamine targets bacteria polyphosphate accumulation” (Grill AbstractDahl AbstractSeminar Flyer)

Thurs, May 4, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –Trisha

Wittkopp “Effects of new mutations on gene expression” and Jianzhi (George) Zhang “Human coding RNA editing is generally nonadaptive”(Wittkopp AbstractZhang AbstractSeminar Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Thursday, May 4th 4-5pm, Chemistry Seminar, 1640 Chemistry, Onn Brandman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University “Ribosome-Associated Protein Quality Control” (Seminar Flyer)

Visiting Professor Peter Cook, PhD
April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Visiting ProfessorPeter Cook, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology The Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford “Transcription factories: genome organization and gene regulation”(Seminar Flyer, Peter Cook VIEW TALK HERE)

—> Promoted Seminar : Monday, Apr 17th 4-5m, Human Genetics Seminar, 5915 Buhl Classroom,Michael Nachman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley “Gene regulation and the genetic basis of speciation and adaptation in house mice, Mus musculus” (Seminar Flyer, M. Nachman)

—> Promoted Seminar : Wednesday, Apr 12th 10:30am-11:30am, Neurology Seminar, Danto Auditorium in the Cardiovascular Center, J. Paul Taylor, M.D. Ph.D. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Edward F. Barry Chair of Cell and Molecular Biology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “Altered RNA granule dynamics underlie the most common forms of ALS and FTD” (Seminar Flyer, J. Paul Taylor)

—> Promoted Seminar : Thursday, Apr 6th 2pm-3pm, LSI Seminar, Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall, David M. Shechner, Ph.D., Broad Institute and Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University : “New Methods for Probing and Harnessing Noncoding RNA Function” (Seminar flyer, Shechner)

Apr 6th RNA Seminar
Figueroa-Romero and Turner

Apr 6, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Claudia Figueroa-Romero “RNA regulation and miRNA transport in ALS” and David Turner “MicroRNAs in the developing mammalian retina” (Seminar Flyer)

—> Distinguished University

March 28th Gil Omenn
Distinguished U Lecture

Professorship Lecture: Tuesday, Mar 28th 4pm-5pm: Rackham Building, Amphitheatre, Gilbert Omenn MD PhD: “Proteins, Policy, and Paths Less Travel’d: My Career as a Physician Scientist” (Omenn Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Friday, Mar 17th 4pm-5pm: LSA Biophysics Seminar, Chemistry Building Room 1300, Dr. Rhiju Das, Associate Professor, Stanford University : “Towards RNA Structure/Function from Scratch” (Seminar flyer, Das)

—> Promoted Symposium :Friday, Mar 17 8am – 12pm BSRB Forbes-Taubman Symposium in Cancer Discovery, co-sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute and the Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery

Mar 16, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –Yan Zhang “The Biology, Mechanism and Application of the meningococcal CRISPR-Cas9system” and  Sarah Keane “NMR studies of regulatory RNAs” (3-16-17-RNA Innovation Seminar Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Tuesday, Mar 14th 12pm-1pm: Department of Biological Chemistry Seminar Series, North Lecture Hall, Lasse Lindahl PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County : “Ribosomal Stress: Ribosome Formation, Function, and Stability, and their Effects on Cell Cycle Control” (Seminar flyer, Lasse Lindahl)

—> Promoted Seminar : Wednesday, Mar 8th 12 – 1:30pm: BioInterfaces Institute (BI), NCRC B18-122 : Digital/Droplet PCR technology and Applications with the RainDance/BioRad company

March 2nd RNA Seminar
Giraldez and Rangunathan

Mar 2, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Dr. Maria Giraldez “Challenges and opportunities of exRNA-seq” and Kaushik Ragunathan “Epigenetic inheritance uncoupled from small RNA dependent positive feedback loops” (Seminar Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Feb 23 12pm – 1pm: Department of Biological Chemistry, North Lecture Hall – FACULTY
CANDIDATE : Junjie Guo, Ph.D. Whitehe
ad Institute MIT. “The Folding Landscape of RNA G-Quadruplexes in Cells” 

—> Promoted Seminar :Feb 17 4pm – 5pm: Department of Chemistry, 1640 Chemistry –Daniele Fabris, University at Albany, SUNY. “MS-based approaches for the elucidation of nucleic acid higher-order structure and dynamics” 

Feb 16: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Daniel Lorenz,

Feb 16th RNA Seminar
Lorenz and Scharf

Graduate Student, Biological Chemistry “Method development for the identification of pre-miRNA binding proteins and small molecule modulators” and Nate Scharf Graduate Student, College of Pharmacy “In vitro detection of bacterial RNA polymerase transcription using an RNA aptamer” (Seminar Flyer)


Feb 2nd RNA Seminar
Dus and Freddolino

Feb 2, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Monica Dus “Let them eat cake: sugar’s effects on the brain” and Peter Fredolino “The cake is a lie: Bacterial starvation responses mediated by pervasive antisense transcription” (Seminar Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Jan 25th 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, Forum Hall, Palmer Commons Building – Terrence Furey, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill  “Epigenetic and transcriptional reprogramming define molecular subtypes of Crohn’s disease.” (Seminar Flyer, Terrence Furey, PhD)

Jan 19, 2017: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –

Jan 19th RNA Seminar
Wagnon and Cieslik

Jacy Wagnon “Brain transcriptomes after seizures”

Marcin Cieslik“Transcriptome sequencing at the juncture of clinical translation”

—> Promoted Seminar : Jan 10th  12pm-1pm: Department of Biological Chemistry, North Lecture Hall  – Jens Christopher Schmidt PhD, University of Colorado “Biochemical and Biophysical Mechanisms of Telomerase Recruitment to Telomeres.” (Jens Christopher SchmidtSeminar Flyer)

Dec 15th RNA Seminar
Kretzler and Parker

Dec 15, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –Matthias Kretzler“Integrative network analysis of tissue based mRNA: Identification of disease processes and biomarkers across disciplines and continents”and Steve Parker“Genetic regulatory signatures underlying islet and muscle gene expression and type 2 diabetes” (Seminar Flyer)

Dec 1, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Alon Kahana

December 1st RNA Seminar
Kahana and Fogarty

“RNA profiling and regulatory networks in a Zebrafish muscle regeneration model”and Liz Fogarty“Defining the molecular mechanisms of promoter usage in Schwann cells”(Seminar Flyer)

—> Promoted Seminar : Nov 30, 2016: Medical School, Cell and Developmental Biology, BSRB Seminar Rooms ABC 12pm-1pm – Eva Nogales, Ph.D.“Molecular visualization of microtubules and transcription complexes using cryo-EM”

—> Promoted Seminar : Nov 29, 2016: Medical School, Biological Chemistry, North Lecture Hall 12pm-1pm – Christine Mayr, M.D., Ph.D.“3’UTR-Mediated Protein-Protein Interactions Regulate Protein Functions.”

Nov 17, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Great Lakes Central – Scott Horowitz“RNAs as chaperones” and Lyle Simmons“Ribonucleotide excision repair in Bacillus subtilis” (Seminar Flyer)

November 3rd RNA Seminar
Kwan and Sutton

Nov 3, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall –  Ken Kwan“Analysis of local transcriptomes in neuronal dendrites”and Michael Sutton“Tuning neurotransmission through local mRNA translation at synaptic sites” (Seminar Flyer)

Oct 20, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Kristin Koutmou“Ribosomes pause and slide on lysine-encoding homopolymeric A stretches” and Julia Widom“A Single-Molecule View of Transcription Regulation by the preQ1 Riboswitch” (Seminar Flyer)

Oct 6, 2016: Location ABC in BSRB – Amanda Garner“Progress Toward

October 6th RNA Seminar
Garner and Frank

the Discovery of microRNA-21-Selective Small Molecules”and Aaron Frank“Probing the Structure of Therapeutically Important RNAs Using Integrative Modeling and Simulations.”

Sep 22nd Guest Speaker:
Dr. Arjun Raj : “Single cell analysis of therapy resistance in cancer”

Sep 22, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Guest Speaker: Dr. Arjun Raj : “Single cell analysis of therapy resistance in cancer”

September 8, 2016: Palmer Commons, Fourth Floor Forum Hall – Mike Wolfe : “A novel approach to the analysis of RNAProtein Interactions,”Jenna Clem : “Metabolic Regulation of Neuronal Activity,” and  Elizabeth Abshire : “Structural and Functional Characterization of a Human Exoribonuclease Implicated in Obesity”

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