RNA Chalk Talk Series

The RBI RNA Chalk Talk Series meets once per month on Thursdays at 3:00 PM in the conference room on the 9th floor of RC1 South. Please join us for these informative 45-minute talks given by RBI students, postdocs and faculty on their own research.

“Come for the snacks, stay for the RNA and the collaboration!”


For more information, please contact our organizer:

Megan Pockalny
Graduate Student, Taliaferro Lab


January 25, 2024
Linda van Dyk

Eric Clambey



Associate Professor
Immunology and Microbiology

February 22, 2024Frank Lee Faculty ScientistNational Jewish Health
March 28, 2024Kathryn Walters Pre Doc Trainee, Mukherjee LabBMG
May 23, 2024Erin Osborne Nishimura Associate ProfessorBiochemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University


Date Speaker Title Position Affiliation
January 26, 2023 Jillian Ramos, PhD

Postdoc, Kieft lab BMG
February 23, 2023        
March 23, 2023        
April 27, 2023        
May 25, 2023        
June 22, 2023        
September 28, 2023 Jeff Krall Short Linear Motifs within the N-terminal domains of ADAR1p150 modulate domain interactions and RNA binding specificity Graduate Student, Vogeli Lab BMG
October 26, 2023 Frederico Martinez Seidel   Post Doctoral Fellow, Rissland Lab BMG


January 25, 2022Conner LangebergAn expanded class of histidine-accepting viral RNAsPhD Student, Kieft LabBMG

February 22, 2022

Cormac LucasDefining the nature of early chikungunya virus-lymphatic endothelial cell interactions in the context of draining lymph node functionPhD Student, Morrison LabMicrobiology
March 22, 2022Grant LoASPM localization to the centrosome: the how and the why?PhD Student, Taliaferro LabMolecular Biology

May 3, 2022

Hossein Shenasa, PhDCo-transcriptional mechanisms for splice site selection
PostDoc, Bentley LabBMG
May 24, 2022Lorraine DavisInterrogating the transcriptional network of immunomodulatory drug resistance evolution in multiple myelomaPhD Student, Sherbenou LabCancer Biology
June 28, 2022Siva Uppalapati, PhDSelective charging of leucine tRNA isoacceptors jumpstarts antinitrosative defenses in Salmonella Typhimurium

PostDoc, Vázquez-Torres Lab

Immunology & Microbiology
Sept 27, 2022Arely Diaz

Spenito, m6A RNA modification and the establishment of metabolic sexual dimorphism in larvae

PhD Student, Reis LabMolecular Biology
October 25, 2022Madeline Sherlock, PhDOne virus, two IRESs: calibrating protein expression through RNA structurePostDoc, Kieft LabBMG
November 29, 2022Evan MorrisonCharacterization of a novel set of N-terminal degrons in human cellsPhD Student, Rissland LabBMG



January 26, 2021Jeff KieftEngineering new functional ncRNAs from viral RNA componentsPIBMG

February 23, 2021


Thomas FormanInvestigating RNA toxicity in Fasciocapulohumeral Muscular DystrophyStudent- Jagannathan LabBMG
March 23, 2021Ashley KnoxLytic infection with murine gammaherpesvirus 68 activates host and riral RNA polymerase III promoters and enhances non-coding RNA expressionStudent- van Dyk LabMicrobiology

April 27, 2021


Marisa RuehleTBDPostDoc- Pearson LabCDB
May 25, 2021Raeann GoeringOxidation induced nucleotide conversion sequencing (OINC-seq)Student- Taliaferro LabMolecular Biology
July 6, 2021Matthew SzucsInvestigation of the class II xrRNA in the context of Powassan virusStudent- Kieft LabMicrobiology
July 27, 2021Divya Kolakada

Stop codon sequence context influences nonsense mediated mRNA decay

Student- Jagannathan LabMolecular Biology
August 24, 2021Roberto Castro GutierrezAltered translational start site usage as a source of neoantigen formation in autoimmune diabetesStudent- Russ LabMolecular Biology
September 28, 2021Laura WhitetRNA-based regulation of translationStudent- Hesselberth LabBMG
October 26, 2021Nicole MossAlternative splicing modulates insulin secretionStudent- Sussel LabCSD
November 30, 2021Allison SwainInvestigating the role of RNA modifications in mechanisms of long noncoding RNA HOTAIR and cell differentiation of a fungal pathogenPostdoc- Johnson LabBMG



January 14, 2020Ankita Arora, PhDHigh-Throughput Identification of RNA Elements that Regulate Neuronal Localization Using a Massively Parallel Reporter Assay (MPRA)PostDoc- Taliaferro LabBMG
February 4, 2020Erin Nishimura, PhDTranslate It or Condensate It: mRNA Localization in C. elegans early EmbryosAssistant ProfessorCSU- Biochem & Mol Biol
March 3, 2020Allison Porman Swain, PhDInvestigating the Role of N6-methyladenosine in Candida albicans White-Opaque SwitchingPostDoc- Johnson LabBMG
April 7, 2020Kelsey NassarCanceledStudent- Tan/Schweppe LabEndocrinology


February 26, 2019Natalia Smirnova, PhD

Assessing the Cellular Heterogeneity of the Lung during Chronic Rejection after Transplantation by scRNAseq

Assistant Research Professor- EickelbergLabPulmonary Sciences
March 26, 2019Maddie SherlockTranslation Termination-Reinitiation by a Structured Viral RNAPostDoc- Kieft LabBMG
April 23, 2019Laura White Student- Hesselberth LabBMG
May 21, 2019Tassa Saldi, PhDEffects of pre-mRNA Structure on Processing and TranscriptionResearch Instructor- Bentley LabBMG
August 20, 2019Rachel JonesBrain Cytoplasmic RNAs: Uncharacterized lncRNAs in Localized Neuronal Translation InhibitionStudent- Kieft LabBMG
September 24, 2019James TillrRNA Methylation and Translational Fidelity in SalmonellaStudent- Vazquez-Torres LabImmunology & Microbiology
October 8, 2019Anna-Lena Steckelberg, PhDManipulation of RNA Metabolism by SARS Coronavirus Virulence Factor nsp1PostDoc- Kieft LabBMG
November 5, 2019Ben Akiyama, PhDRNA Structure-Based Regulation of Flavivirus ReplicationPostDoc- Kieft LabBMG
December 3, 2019Michael Cortazar Osorio, PhDEscape from Nonsense-Mediated RNA DecayPostDoc- Jagannathan LabBMG




January 10, 2017Erik HartwickTranslation Mediated by a Structured 3'UTRStudent- Kieft LabBMG
February 14, 2017Francisco Asturias, PhDInvestigating the Mechanistic Significance of Mediator Conformational RearrangementsAssistant ProfessorBMG
March 14, 2017Marisa Ruehle, PhDRNA at the Centriole: Fact or Fiction?PostDoc- Pearson LabCDB
April 12, 2017Ryan SheridanThe Role of RNApolII Backtracking in Transcription DynamicsStudent- Bentley LabBMG
May 16, 2017Allison Porman, PhDThe Role of RNA Modification m6A in HOTAIR-Mediated Gene RepressionPostDoc- Johnson LabBMG
June 13, 2017Scott SeitzEvaluating the Role of Rig-I-like RNA Helicases During RNA Virus PathogenesisStudent- Tyler LabNeurology
July 11, 2017Veronica FregosoExploration of the PIK3CD Splice Isoform,p37∂, in Neurodevelopment and Neuropsychiatric DiseaseStudent- Law LabPsychiatry
September 26, 2017Neel Mukherjee, PhDRNA Regulation in Human SteroidogenesisAssistant ProfessorBMG
October 10, 2017Matthew Taliaferro, PhDmRNA Localization: Delivering the MessageAssistant ProfessorBMG
December 5, 2017Oliva RisslandConnections Between Translation and mRNA DecayAssistant ProfessorBMG
December 13, 2017Anna-Lena Steckelberg, PhDExoribonuclease-Resistant RNA Structures: A New Mechanism for RNA Maturation?PostDoc- Kieft LabBMG


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