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4th annual RNA Symposium

April 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

UCI’s 4th annual RNA Symposium

Friday, April 6, 2018
Calit2 Auditorium, UCI Campus

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
RNA Symposium

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 Lunch will be provided.
Attendance is free and open to the public.



The RNA Symposium brings together the leading experts in RNA research. Over 150 faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across Southern California will join us for a day of presentations from renowned scientists who will share their insights and innovative research. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. A reception will follow the symposium. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Featured Keynote Speaker

RNA methylation in gene expression regulation
Chuan He, PhD
Professor, University of Chicago

Professor He is famous for the discovery and mechanistic evaluation of RNA modifications. These modifications have been shown to be key in the regulation of cellular development, cancer, and neurological disorders.

Featured Young Investigator

RNA chaperones in brain development and cancer
Stephen N. Floor, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Professor Floor works on trying to understand how RNAs are structured to control protein synthesis. His main focus is in embryonic stem cells and their differentiation. This work is poised to unlock the molecular code for how cells are made and specified.


Nucleic acid-based insect adaptive immunity
Raul Andino. PhD, UCSF

TREX-2 in microRNA biogenesis in plants
Xuemei Chen, PhD, UCR

RNA splicing and the regulation of nutrient response in S. cerevisiae
Tracy Johnson, PhD, UCLA

Systematic mapping of RNA-chromatin interactions in vivo
Sheng Zhong, PhD, UCSD

RNA trafficking in mitochondria
Carla Koehler, PhD, UCLA

Understanding breast cancer initiation in single cell resolution
Kai Kessenbrock, PhD, UCI

Thank you to our Sponsors


Interested in sponsoring this event?
Contact Robert Spitale at rspitale@uci.edu or 949.824.7655


April 6, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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