The RNA Transcript, August 10, 2020
Running Grant Sprints
Making grant writing an exciting and collaborative process that sparks innovation and creativity, while responding to stressful funding needs.

The U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine is now offering Grant Sprints. These workshops create a space and time for innovative thinking. They facilitate your team's concept, ideation, and writing process to deliver stronger grant proposals.

For more information, visit our Grant Sprints page or contact Martina Jerant.
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 and colleagues in our weekly news.
Research Investigator
Pathology and Michigan Center for Translational Pathology
Medical school
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 4:00–5:00 pm |
Shuo Gu, Ph.D.  “A tale of tails: How 3’ uridylation alters miRNA function”

Stavroula Mili, Ph.D. “Local co-translational interactions control protein function”

Moderator: Sandra L. Wolin, M.D., Ph.D.
Thursday, August 20, 2020, noon–1:00 pm CST | Taubman Institute, Taubman Technology Talks webinar

Beyond Just Pictures: Multi-scale, Quantitative Imaging
Gary Luker, M.D., will present several different technologies to meet demands of imaging studies and computational approaches to extract quantitative imaging data from imaging studies.

Our members' publications are available through Altmetric. Five queries are currently available: "RNA," "microRNA," "Transcriptome," "Translation," and "Molecule." Please make sure to have at least one of these key words in your title or abstract. Below are highlights from the last four weeks.
Identification of the initial nucleocapsid recognition element in the HIV-1 RNA packaging signal
Pengfei Ding, Siarhei Kharytonchyk, Alexis Waller, Ugonna Mbaekwe, SapnaBasappa, Nansen Kuo, Heather M. Frank, Christina Quasney, Aaron Kidane, Canessa Swanson, Verna Van, 
Mitali Sarkar, Emily Cannistraci, RidhiChaudhary, Hana Flores, Alice Telesnitsky, Michael F. Summers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jul 2020, 202008519; 

Our findings suggest a sequential NC binding mechanism for Gag-genome assembly and identify a potential RNA Achilles’ heel to which HIV therapeutics may be targeted.
The University of Michigan Joerg Lahann's Lab is looking for a postdoc that can support their non-viral gene therapy project with intracellular microscopy. Part of the project will be to dissect the fate of different nanoparticle components through high-resolution microscopy.

For more information, contact Joerg Lahann.
UMOR's Grantsmanship Workshops
Preparing for a successful fall: three webinar recordings
from U-M Office of Research (UMOR)

UMOR's Grantsmanship 101 webinar series is available to anyone at U-M:
  • Understanding Funding & Funders
  • Planning a Competitive Grant Proposal
  • Understanding the Reviewer Process

All the recordings and slides are online in Dropbox.