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Colorado RNA Club

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The objective of the Colorado RNA Club is to bring together RNA researchers from across the state to share their research, facilitate new collaborations, and create a robust, connected, RNA-focused community. In addition to the ever popular “Evenings with RNA” co-hosted by the RNA Bioscience Initiative, the Colorado RNA Club has recently expanded its events to include an Undergrad Day and an Industry Workshop for graduate students and post-docs.

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Soliciting speakers for Fall 2022 Colorado RNA club seminar series

Dear all, 

Thank you for participating in the recent RNA Club survey and sharing your thoughts about the seminar series format.

Format: Based on the responses, we have decided on a format that balances the elements that worked well in the past with some changes that should improve participation and what folks get out of the RNA club. We will have 6 seminar series throughout the year - 3 in fall (Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15), and 3 in spring (Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18). Each seminar series will have four speakers (20+10 format for talk and Q&A) with a common scientific theme (loosely defined). The talks will be available in a hybrid format. We will have dinner in between the two sets of talks, where all in-person attendees will have the opportunity to “draw a poster” and chat science with other participants whether it is to troubleshoot an experiment or get feedback on a developing story in an informal setting. 

Speakers: We will solicit speakers in two installments. Once in August for the fall seminars, and once in January for the spring seminars, to give everyone an opportunity to share their latest work. Speaker solicitation will go out to the entire RNA club community. Anybody can indicate their interest to present, along with some information on their research focus (“theme”) as well as the lab and the campus they will be representing. We will endeavor to choose a diversity of speakers representing different scientific areas, campuses, career stages, project stages, etc. 

Speaker Solicitation for Fall 2022: 

We look forward to another wonderful year of RNA talks and stimulating conversations!

-Suja Jagannathan


The Colorado RNA Club began in 1986 following the recruitment of Dr. Olke Uhlenbeck to CU Boulder. Originally a “supergroup” meeting of the Cech, Gold, Yarus and Uhlenbeck labs, the “club” expanded over the years as more and more groups in Colorado began to work on RNA. Today, the Colorado RNA Club includes RNA researchers from all four University of Colorado campuses, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Denver.


Evenings with RNA

Hosted by the Colorado RNA Club in collaboration with the RNA Bioscience Initiative at CU Anschutz. Join us monthly to learn about RNA, eat pizza, and expand your professional network!
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CRC Undergrad Day

Please join us each autumn for this annual event designed to promote understanding about the graduate school admission process in Colorado. Undergraduate students meet with doctoral students and admissions committee members from graduate schools across our state to learn about various opportunities for advanced study, the types of research being conducted in Colorado, and details regarding application to these programs.
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CRC Industry Workshop

This annual single-day event allows graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to engage with industry representatives to learn about local and national companies, the types of work they do, and how to navigate industry as a career path.
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CRC RNA Day Gong Show

Thank you to all who joined us for an RNA Gong Show in celebration of RNA Day- August 1, 2021! Co-hosted by the Colorado RNA Club, Project Bridge, CU Anschutz- RNA Bioscience Initiative, and Ratio Beerworks, this fun and informative public outreach event was held at Ratio Beerworks in RiNO. Please check back in early summer for details regarding our event  August 1, 2022!
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Club Leadership



Biochemistry — CU Boulder

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology — CSU


Biochemistry & Chemistry — MSU Denver


Graduate Students


CU Anschutz

Amy CampbellFacultyBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Matthew TaliaferroFacultyBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Linda van DykFacultyImmunology & Microbiology
Ankita AroraPostdocBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Michael Cortázar PostdocBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Jillian Ramos    PostdocBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Chloe Barrington-Ham Graduate StudentMolecular Biology
Giovana Breda VeroneziGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Roberto Castro-GutierrezGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Thomas FormanGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Raeann GoeringGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Rachel JonesGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Divya KolakadaGraduate StudentMolecular Biology
Joelle Lo
Graduate StudentMolecular Biology
Nicole MossGraduate StudentCell Biology, Stem Cells and Development
Matthew Szucs Graduate StudentMicrobiology
Kathryn WaltersGraduate StudentBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics

CU Boulder

Haitham SobhyPostdocBiochemistry
Giulia CorbetGraduate StudentBiochemistry
Erin RichardsGraduate StudentBiochemistry
Katy WalshGraduate StudentBiochemistry

Colorado State University (CSU)

Pablo MaldonadoGraduate StudentBiochemistry and Molecular Biology

National Jewish Health

Frank LeeFacultyCenter for Genes Environment & Health

Horizon Discovery

Emily AndersonPrincipal ScientistResearch and Development


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