Annual Meeting

Processing and translating RNA in health and disease

Katrin Karbstein Jeremy Wilusz
By Katrin Karbstein and Jeremy Wilusz
Sept. 20, 2023

The field of RNA biology has yielded some of the most widely popularized scientific findings in the last two decades. Not only are many researchers using siRNAs and CRISPR on a daily basis, but we wonder how we ever could have not known about their existence. Yet, these are only the tip of the iceberg of exciting RNA-dependent regulation in biology that will be addressed in depth in this session.

Tracing the life of an RNA, including how it is transcribed, processed and spliced in the nucleus in association with chromatin is one focus. A second topic will be around translation into protein, with a particular focus on the underlying molecular mechanisms, ribosome specialization and gene-specific effects. Finally, several talks will discuss how these RNA regulatory mechanisms are dysregulated in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

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These studies, presented by leading experts in RNA biology, will provide not just a global overview of an increasingly important field, with enormous potential for future discoveries, but also explain why RNA is considered one of the most promising drug targets and platforms. If you want to be ready for the next CRISPR, you will attend this session.

Keywords: Ribosomes, translation, RNA processing, RNA and disease, splicing, chromatin, CRISPR and immunity.

Who should attend:  Students and postdocs who want to hear about one of the most rapidly expanding fields in biology, educators who want to make sure what they are teaching is current and curious people who want to know what all the hype is about. And, of course, RNA junkies who can’t get enough.

Theme song:  “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin,” because RNA can do it all.

This session is powered by ATP and other ribonucleotides

RNA biology

RNA biogenesis and processing

Chair: Olga Anczukow

Tracy L. JohnsonUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Hiten D. MadhaniUniversity of California, San Francisco

Jeremy E. WiluszBaylor College of Medicine

Joshua T. MendellUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Ribosomes and translation

Chair: Katrin Karbstein

Shu-ou ShanCalifornia Institute of Technology

Ruben L. GonzalezColumbia University

Homa GhaleiEmory University

Amy S.Y. LeeDana–Farber Cancer Institute; Harvard Medical School

RNA and disease

Chair: Jeremy E. Wilusz

Blake WiedenheftMontana State University

Shuying SunJohns Hopkins University

Olga AnczukowJackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Katrin KarbsteinUF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology

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Katrin Karbstein
Katrin Karbstein

Katrin Karbstein is a professor at UF Scripps in Jupiter, Florida, where she also works on education outreach and diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

Jeremy Wilusz
Jeremy Wilusz

Jeremy Wilusz is an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

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