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

The RNA Transcript - April 20, 2020

" The sooner we can start, the sooner we can find answers."

—Matthias Kretzler, M.D., Nephrology/Internal Medicine
and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan

A new publication by Adam Diehl, Ningxin Ouyang, and Alan Boyle, University of Michigan Medical School and members of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine, in Nature Communications, April 2020

Until recently, little was known about how transposable elements contribute to gene regulation. These are little pieces of DNA that can replicate themselves and spread out in the genome. Although they make up nearly half of the human genome, these were often ignored and commonly thought of as “useless junk,” with a minimal role, if any at all, in the activity of a cell. A new study by Diehl, Ouyang, and Boyle, shows that transposable elements play an important role in regulating genetic expression with implications to advance the understanding of genetic evolution. Read more.

Contact Elisabeth Paymal, who can collaborate with you on press releases and/or blog articles with visuals, etc., of your upcoming publications.

We are looking forward to helping promote your research!
Precision-induced DNA double strand breaks in cancer cells using CRISPR
Mats Ljungman, Ph.D., University of Michigan, co-director of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine
Introducing RNA Collaborative seminar series, organized by eight RNA Centers, including U-M:

Regulation of RNA decapping and phase separation by a human polypeptide
Sarah Slavoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University

Long Noncoding RNAs in Cancer: What, Where and How?
Nadya Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Moderator: Karla M. Neugebauer, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

Monday, May 4, 4:30 H Eastern Time
RiboClub, Sherbrooke, Québec, virtual seminar series
May 26–31, 2020

The Meeting will consist of pre-recorded oral presentations and pdf posters, both of which will be linked to the meeting program and available for viewing during these dates by registered meeting participants. RNA society meeting free to all members.

If you would like to submit an abstract for poster presentation, it’s not too late!
They have reopened the submission site for new abstracts until April 27.
Login here, using the password you created during registration.
We want your input

Let us know if you would be interested in a virtual workshop by Greg Dijkman on “Maximizing Experimental Success” – Isolation of RNA and the importance of Quality Control protocols to ensure successful downstream assays, in this case Next Gen Sequencing difficult and challenging sample types. Sponsored by QIAGEN.

Respond here. Thank you!
The U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine Executive Committee
thanks Aaron Frank for his contributions
and welcomes Markos Koutmos
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 are pleased to feature these outstanding scientists in our weekly news.
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
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

Blood drive on Ann Arbor campus

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