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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
The RNA Institute Mini Symposium, March 3, 2021
The RNA Institute will host a virtual symposium featuring Noble Laureate, Michael Rosbash, and nine trainee presentations on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2:30-5pm Eastern Time. Register for the Mini Symposium
Halvorsen Lab publishes new work on DNA nanoswitches
Performed by talented undergrads, new work from the Halvorsen Lab highlights orthogonal control of DNA nanoswitches using light, ribonuclease and nucleic acids.
Dr. Alan Chen presents R2D2- a new method for investigating RNA folding pathways
Dr. Alan Chen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University at Albany and RNA Institute Faculty member, has teamed up with researchers at Ohio State and Northwestern University to develop a new method to better understand cotranscriptional RNA folding.
Belfort Lab Publication highlighted in BioWorld
Researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany have identified small molecules that could inhibit intein self-splicing from the protein PrP8 in the fungal pathogens Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii, emerging pathogens that can cause fungal meningitis in immunocompromised patients. The team published its findings in the January 4, 2021, online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The function of inteins is still largely a mystery. But where they occur, they are "most commonly found in proteins that are critical to cell survival, so splicing inhibitors kill the cell," senior author Marlene Belfort told BioWorld Science.
Dr. Subodh Mishra awarded the 2021 Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Fellowship
(January 2021) - Dr. Subodh Mishra, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Andrew Berglund, has been awarded a fellowship from the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation UK to support his study titled Discovery of dietary natural compounds as potential therapeutics for DM.