Scientists can identify the origins of diseases by studying how RNA turns genes on and off, potentially leading to innovative disease treatments and possible cures.
The RNA Institute offers unique opportunities to researchers and trainees for collaboration and interdisciplinary research. We have more than 50 faculty working to understand the role of RNA in fundamental biological processes, developing RNA as a tool for science and harnessing this knowledge to improve human health.
The RNA Institute is more than just a modern research facility. We are a collection of diverse and talented researchers and laboratories united by a common goal in understanding the role of RNA across different fields, including biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, physics, and nanobiosciences. RNA forms the basis of our research, it is the common element that we study, build, modify and analyze as well as the building blocks that we use to construct tools, reporters, and therapies.
The RNA Institute News
Students became Trainees in Bioinformatics this Summer — Courtesy of the RNA Institute
This summer, 34 trainees from educational levels ranging from high school to postgraduate study analyzed biological data generated in the Institute’s laboratories through newly acquired bioinformatics knowledge and skills.
The Who, What, Why and How of a Novel Surveillance Testing Program
Since the fall of 2020, UAlbany’s COVID Surveillance Testing Program has been keeping its students and employees up-to-the-minute in where they stand in regard to a virus that still afflicts campuses across America.
First International Myotonic Dystrophy Awareness Day
September 15, 2021 marks the First International Myotonic Dystrophy Awareness Day and the RNA Institute stands with Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation to help raise awareness on Myotonic Dystrophy (DM). To honor this day, we have the proclamation signed by the Senator Neil D. Breslin and by the Assembly member Patricia Fahy.
Two Cellular Scientists Rewarded as ‘Early Stage Investigators’
Two UAlbany scientists making strides in their independent research have received robust financial encouragement from the NIH to make critically important breakthroughs in the effort to reveal cellular causes of disease and to create novel therapeutics.
$1,000,000 Awarded for RNA Research by Representative Paul Tonko
$1,000,000 for the University at Albany to support the purchase of RNA research equipment that would better enable the region and state to address COVID as well as help advance new treatments for many other diseases including Myotonic dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease and more.