Together, we solve: human diseases through RNA research across disciplines

The RNA Transcript - April 13, 2020
COVID-19 Funding opportunities

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you'll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.

To understand and begin to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on those with diabetes and related disorders, MDiabetes and its partner centers — the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR), and the Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC) — request applications to address the impact of COVID-19 on and improve the care of those with diabetes and related disorders.

To apply for this RFA please use the following link to enter the MM Competition Space:
List of funding opportunities compiled by Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has identified various funding opportunities to support researchers as they address the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer back to this webpage for additional updates on funding opportunities related to COVID-19.
As a member of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine, are you working on
a COVID-19 related project?

Let us know and we can help share and promote your work within our community and beyond. The research can be at any stage --new project, work-in-progress, or published. Contact: Elisabeth Paymal

The U-M Office of the Vice President for Research created a  repository to index coronavirus projects  in which our faculty are involved. Projects that use U-M resources, such as the IRB, animals or wet laboratories, are being reviewed by the OVPR COVID-19 Research Committee, and those PIs are being asked to identify their efforts in a central index. If you are engaged in a project that does not involve such resources, and would like OVPR to index your coronavirus project on its COVID-19 portal to increase awareness and foster collaboration among researchers, please complete the following form:

The Center for RNA Biomedicine is now offering the support of our communication specialist, Elisabeth Paymal, who can collaborate with you on press releases and/or blog articles with visuals etc. of your upcoming publications. MORE INFORMATION

Once you have an article accepted, please let us know. 
We are looking forward to helping promote your research!

 Are you giving a talk?
Do you know of a seminar that you would like us to promote?
Contact Elisabeth Paymal
Meeting URL:   
Precision-induced DNA double strand breaks in cancer cells using CRISPR
Dr. Mats Ljungman, University of Michigan, co-director of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine

The University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine regroups over 150 faculty members and their labs across seven Schools and Colleges on the Ann Arbor campus. We're pleased to feature these outstanding scientists in our weekly news.

BioArtography is now collecting digital images for its 2020 collection, which will debut at the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July 2020!

The BioArtography program, a unique blend of art and science, captures the microscopic beauty of cells in their environment, affording the public a deeper understanding of state-of-the-art biomedical research at the University of Michigan. The goal of our program is to provide support for training of the next generation of scientists, while simultaneously informing and engaging the public about important new developments in health and disease.
RNA Partners
Other RNA Centers at research universities across the country

Ways to stay connected
Helpful links while working virtually
  • Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) resources. FASCCO offers a number of services designed to help active or retired staff and faculty members and their immediate benefit eligible adult family members with personal difficulties encountered at both work and home. All FASCCO services are free of charge. Special seminars on:
  • New! Working from home strategies & skills
  • Support group for those who work from home with young children
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Maintain your emotional well-being during COVID-19
  • hEARt Listens - an organization that connects students who want to talk with students who want to listen.
  • TeamViewer - Remote connectivity platform
  • Getting started with Zoom
  • BlueJeans break-out rooms
  • BlueJeans training sessions
  • Resource guide for teaching remotely

We can do this!
The CDC recommends to cover your mouth to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus . Note that it won't protect you, but it could help you from spreading the virus.
Sewing directions:
Alt no sewing version:
Blood drive on Ann Arbor campus

Monday, April 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Taubman Health Sciences Library Room 6215 (1135 Catherine)
Tuesday, April 14 : 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (530 S. State Street)
Friday, April 17: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., U-M School of Nursing Classroom 1240 (426 N. Ingalls)
Tuesday, May 12:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Michigan Union, Pendleton Room (530 S. State Street)
Tuesday, May 19:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Campus Research Complex, Building 18
Tuesday, May 19:  6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Towsley Center

You can find other blood drives in your area by going to  and entering your zip code.
University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine Website