The non-coding genome

In the 50 years since RNA was identified as a central component in the flow of genetic information, it has become increasingly clear that RNA is more than a mere messenger and performs many diverse and interesting functions. RNAs are known to play central roles across numerous biological processes required for cell viability and function. Moreover, prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes are pervasively transcribed to generated many additional RNAs with unknown functions, raising the question: What else does RNA do?


This symposium will explore the diverse, dynamic and multifaceted roles of RNA across a spectrum of cellular processes. Yet, framed in interdisciplinary discussion of the roles of non-coding RNAs with the aim of enhancing our understanding of gene regulation and function. Topics will include recent discoveries in the fields of prokaryotic and eukaryotic long and short non-coding RNAs. Collectively aiming to further understand the noncoding RNA transcriptional and regulatory landscape.


The RNA landscape of a cell

RNA and Chromatin

Small RNA World

Regulating with RNA

RNA as a catalyst
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Confirmed Speakers

David C. Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Marc B├╝hler, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Howard Y. Chang, Stanford University, USA
Jennifer A. Doudna, University of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
Witold Filipowicz, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Antonio J. Giraldez, Yale University, USA
Shiv Grewal, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, USA
Edith Heard, Institut Curie, France
Narry V. Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
Jeannie T. Lee, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard Medical School, USA
John Mattick, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Eric Olson, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Dinshaw J. Patel, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Mikiko C. Siomi, University of Tokyo, Japan
John Van der Oost, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Olivier Voinnet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
Gerhart Wagner, Uppsala University, Sweden
Invited Speakers

Craig C. Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

9 Oct - 12 Oct 2013

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