News from the RNA Bioscience Initiative

RBI Postdoctoral Scholar, Steve Bonilla, Awarded Prestigious HHMI Hanna Gray Fellowship

February 18, 2021

Steve Bonilla, a postdoctoral fellow in the Kieft Lab, was selected as one of 21 early career researchers recognized by the Howard Hughs Medical Institute (HHMI) as Hanna H. Gray Fellows. Bonilla will receive up to $1.4 million over eight years to expand his ground-breaking work using cryogenic electron microscopy to visualize dynamic RNA structures.
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Former RBI Scholar's Manuscript Featured as Cover Story in Plos Biology

February 8, 2021

Congratulations to former RBI Scholar, Katie Yergert, whose manuscript is featured as the cover piece for the current issue of Plos Biology. Katie was an RBI Scholar for the 2018-2019 year, and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Gary Bassell's laboratory at Emory University.

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RBI Announces New RNA Scholars

January 1, 2021

Congratulations to Roberto Castro-Gutierrez, Raeann Goering, Divya Kolakada, Nicole Moss, and Matthew Szucs the RBI 2020-2021 RNA Scholars. These five graduate students were selected from a pool of 9 accomplished applicants. Each displays outstanding promise toward advancing RNA biology.

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Vicens and Kieft Awarded R21 via NIH-NIAID

December 15, 2020


Congratulations to Dr. Quentin Vicens and Dr. Jeffrey Kieft who were awarded an R21 through NIAID. They will be studying viral RNAs resistant to exoribonucleases in the alphavirus supergroup.



Cohrs Leverages RBI Expertise to Earn New NIH-R01

November 17, 2020


Congratulations to Dr. Randall Cohrs who was awarded an R01 through NIAID. The goal of Dr. Cohr's project is to study transcription of VLT and ORF 63 to provide insight into molecular mechanisms that regulate VZV latency and reactivation, which will allow his lab to develop novel intervention strategies that effectively target latent VZV and consequently the burden of herpes zoster disease.


Hesselberth Awarded NIH Director’s Transformative Research Grant


October 6, 2020


The RBI co-director was one of nine winners selected to pursue a high-risk high-reward project. Dr. Hesselberth will work to develop new approaches to measure biochemical heterogeneity at single-cell resolution.

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Jagannathan Wins FSHD Society 2020 Young Investigator Award

August 17, 2020

This RBI faculty member, one of three highly accomplished awardees, was recognized for her groundbreaking work on RNA surveillance and how dysregulation of this process contributes to disease.

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Ramachandran Named 2020 Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research

June 15, 2020

This RBI faculty member, one of five impressive awardees, is tasked with improving methods for early cancer detection using cell-free DNA.
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