Over 550 RNA fans attend our 5th Annual Symposium, March 25-26, 2021

With over 550 participants, this two-day symposium virtually gathered the vibrant RNA research community from the University of Michigan (U-M), the US, and around the world.

The symposium opened with remarks by Nils Walter, co-director of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine, who reminded the attendees of the importance of RNA research for society, as demonstrated by the COVID-19 RNA vaccine. Mats Ljungman, co-director of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine, emceed day 2.

Five distinguished keynote speakers presented on various RNA processes: Brenda Bass, Ph.D., University of Utah; Tracy Johnson, Ph.D., UCLA; Christopher Lima, Ph.D., Sloan Kettering Institute; Kevin Weeks, Ph.D., University of North Carolina; and Feng Zhang, Ph.D., MIT.

Six U-M junior and early career scientists presented their research in data blitzes: Adrien Chauvier, Ph.D., Postdoc and Research Assistant; Daniel Peltier, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Lecturer; Meredith Purchal, Graduate Student; Cathy Smith, Graduate Student; Shannon Wright, Graduate Student; and Yan Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.

The panel discussion also provided many inspiring recommendations to trainees and mentors, from life/work balance and time management, to networking, and sharing scientific passion with one’s community. These will be summarized in the next issue of The RNA Transcript.

The Michigan Science Writers, a student organization dedicated to improving public understanding of science, graciously blogged about the event. READ THE BLOGS

The data blitzes were co-sponsored by Lexogen.
This event was supported by the University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative.


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Thank you all for making this symposium such a success!

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