RNA Chalk Talk Series

The RBI RNA Chalk Talk Series meets once per month on Tuesdays at 3:30 PM in the conference room on the 10th 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 one of our organizers:

Maddie Sherlock, PhD
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow

Rachel Jones
Graduate Student, Molecular Biology

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the RNA Chalk Talk Series is now held in a hybrid format. In person attendance is limited, so be sure to RSVP. Virtual attendance is via Zoom. Watch your email for reminders and Zoom links.

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

February 22, 2022


Cormac LucasTBDPhD Student, Morrison LabMicrobiology
March 22, 2022Grant LoTBDPhD Student, Taliaferro LabMolecular Biology

April 26, 2022


Hossein Shenasa, PhDAn expanded view of co-transcriptional splicing and the window of opportunity model
PostDoc- Bentley LabBMG
May 24, 2022Lorraine DavisInterrogating the transcriptional network of immunomodulatory drug resistance evolution in multiple myelomaStudent- Sherbenou LabCancer Biology
June 28, 2022Siva Uppalapati, PhDTBD


Vázquez-Torres Lab

Immunology & Microbiology
July 26, 2022Arely Diaz


PhD Student, Reis LabMolecular Biology



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


Date Speaker Title Position Affiliation
January 14, 2020 Ankita Arora, PhD High-Throughput Identification of RNA Elements that Regulate Neuronal Localization Using a Massively Parallel Reporter Assay (MPRA) PostDoc- Taliaferro Lab BMG
February 4, 2020 Erin Nishimura, PhD Translate It or Condensate It: mRNA Localization in C. elegans early Embryos Assistant Professor CSU- Biochem & Mol Biol
March 3, 2020 Allison Porman Swain, PhD Investigating the Role of N6-methyladenosine in Candida albicans White-Opaque Switching PostDoc- Johnson Lab BMG
April 7, 2020 Kelsey Nassar Canceled Student- Tan/Schweppe Lab Endocrinology


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


June 12, 2018MultipleRNA Society Meeting SummaryVariousVarious
Date Speaker Title Position Affiliation
January 10, 2017 Erik Hartwick Translation Mediated by a Structured 3'UTR Student- Kieft Lab BMG
February 14, 2017 Francisco Asturias, PhD Investigating the Mechanistic Significance of Mediator Conformational Rearrangements Assistant Professor BMG
March 14, 2017 Marisa Ruehle, PhD RNA at the Centriole: Fact or Fiction? PostDoc- Pearson Lab CDB
April 12, 2017 Ryan Sheridan The Role of RNApolII Backtracking in Transcription Dynamics Student- Bentley Lab BMG
May 16, 2017 Allison Porman, PhD The Role of RNA Modification m6A in HOTAIR-Mediated Gene Repression PostDoc- Johnson Lab BMG
June 13, 2017 Scott Seitz Evaluating the Role of Rig-I-like RNA Helicases During RNA Virus Pathogenesis Student- Tyler Lab Neurology
July 11, 2017 Veronica Fregoso Exploration of the PIK3CD Splice Isoform,p37∂, in Neurodevelopment and Neuropsychiatric Disease Student- Law Lab Psychiatry
September 26, 2017 Neel Mukherjee, PhD RNA Regulation in Human Steroidogenesis Assistant Professor BMG
October 10, 2017 Matthew Taliaferro, PhD mRNA Localization: Delivering the Message Assistant Professor BMG
December 5, 2017 Oliva Rissland Connections Between Translation and mRNA Decay Assistant Professor BMG
December 13, 2017 Anna-Lena Steckelberg, PhD Exoribonuclease-Resistant RNA Structures: A New Mechanism for RNA Maturation? PostDoc- Kieft Lab BMG