The RNA Transcript, June 22, 2020
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Sarah Keane, Ph.D.,
Biophysics and Dept. of Chemistry, LSA,
and member of the Center for RNA Biomedicine,
is named Pew Scholar.
Keane is U-M's 15th scientist to receive this very prestigious award since its inauguration in 1985, and the first one since 2013.

“For my lab what this award means is that we can take real chances and pursue these challenging projects that are really difficult in terms of methodology development and other technical challenges that we have to overcome,” Keane said. 
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Congratulations Dr. Keane!
Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 3:00–4:00 pm | Harvard Medical School Initiative for RNA Medicine Seminar
ZOOM , password: 759932 

"Next-generation microRNA targeting at the interface of nucleic acid chemistry and nanotechnology"
Raman Bahal, Ph.D ., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Connecticut
Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25 | BSI Virtual Symposium on SARS-COV-2 and COVID-1
The detailed schedule can be found here.

You are invited to explore the breadth and depth of research at the University of Michigan centered around SARS-CoV-2 and COVID19, in response to the pandemic:
Day 1: Virology and Pathogenesis, Testing and NPI, Transmission and Spread
Day 2: Immunology and Vaccines, Host Factors, Global Health, and Epidemiology & Policy

This event is organized by BSI and the new Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats (MCIDT), along with the Office of Research, to create opportunities for collaboration and synergy.
Thursday, June 25, 10:30 am | U-M Precision Health
"How Precision Health Resources Can Empower Your Covid Research"
Erin O’Brien Kaleba, MPH, Director, Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research
Friday, June 26, 2020, 1:00 pm | U-M Bioinformatics Ph.D. Thesis Defense
"Epigenomic and transcriptomic profiling for the study of monogenic and polygenic traits and disease"
Peter Orchard , Ph.D. Candidate
Stephen Parker , Adviso r
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 4:00–5:00 pm | RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

‘‘ncRNAs 'inside out’ cancer regulomers”
Dr. Simone Anfossi, Instructor and Fellow of the MDACC ncRNA Center

“Therapeutic Targeting of ncRNAs in Cancer”

George Calin , Moderator

Our members' publications are now available through Altmetric. Five queries are available: "RNA," "Transcriptome," "Translation, "Molecule" and "CRISPR." Please make sure to have at least one of these key words in your title or abstract. Here are some highlights from the last four weeks:
Translational Opportunities for Microfluidic Technologies to Enable Precision Epigenomics
Yi Xu, Steven R. Doonan, Tamas Ordog, and Ryan C. Bailey, Anal. Chem.  2020, 92, 12, 7989–7997, June 4, 2020,

Characterization of Circular RNA transcriptomes in Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis Reveals Disease-specific expression profiles
Liviu Ionut Moldovan, Lam Alex Tsoi, Stephan Weidinger, Jorgen Kjems, Johann Gudjonsson, Lasse Sommer Kristensen, May 27, 2020,  medRxiv   2020.05.26.20090019; 
contact Elisabeth Paymal