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

The RNA Transcript - April 6, 2020

In this video, UC Berkeley professor and IGI Investigator Britt Glaunsinger, PhD, explains the evolution, genetics, and virulence of coronaviruses.

The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of studying the genetic landscape and molecular structures of coronaviruses. Hear Dr. Glaunsinger break down the latest scientific understanding of these viruses and what questions remain unanswered.

This video is intended for a scientific audience with an understanding of genetics and molecular biology. Dr. Glaunsinger gave a more lay-friendly talk on viruses in general for iBiology, available here.

In this illustrated video, Clara Liao, Yale Neuroscience Ph.D. Student, explains how COVID-19, an RNA virus, works and why we need to practice social distance to flatten the curve.

Thank you to our colleagues at Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine!
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!

Researchers across a wide variety of disciplines at the University of Michigan are using their expertise to address COVID-19, a global pandemic that has resulted in more than 20,000 deaths.

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:

Thursday, April 9, 12:00 p.m.
Towards personalized microrna therapeutics in cancer
Frank Slack, Ph.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Join seminar here:

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Connecting the Scientific Community Seminar series
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. Thank you for your interest and collaboration.
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Ways to stay connected
Helpful links while working virtually

Blood drive on Ann Arbor campus

Tuesday, April 7: Noon – 6 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (530 S. State Street)
Wednesday, April 8: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (530 S. State Street)
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)

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