The RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) Summer Internship Program is a 10-week hands-on, mentored research opportunity for undergraduates who want to gain real-world laboratory experience in RNA biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and bioinformatics.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is located in the Denver metro area. Interns are mentored by faculty from the biomedical research departments at CU Anschutz; past mentors have included faculty from Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Pathology, and many more. Please visit our Faculty page for a complete list of possibilities.
Undergraduate students with a strong interest in RNA research are encouraged to apply for this program. The program is especially intended for undergrads wishing to gain research experience in advance of applying to graduate school. Applicants may designate three preferred potential mentors from the RBI-faculty, or they may contact an RBI faculty member ahead of applying to pre-arrange an internship match (please note this on the application).
The RNA Bioscience Initiative was started in January 2016 with $20 million in funding from the Dean’s Office of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The mission of the RBI is to cultivate a vibrant center of discovery and innovation in RNA biology, informatics, diagnostics, and therapy. Our goal is to provide a fluid pipeline from basic to clinical RNA research on our campus and beyond, and to train the next generation of researchers.
Mentor: Craig Jordan; Maria Amaya
Project: The Effect of SF3B1 Dysregulation on Energy Metabolism in Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
Mentor: Allison Porman Swain
Project: Investigating RME2 and IME4 in Candida albicans
Mentor: Matthew Taliaferro
Project: Understanding the Mechanisms of mRNA Localization in Mouse Neuronal Cell Lines
Mentor: Neel Mukherjee
Project: Localization of MSI2 in Human Adrenocortical Cells
Mentor: David Bentley
Project: Constructing Lentivirus Expression Vectors for Wild-type and Mutant Versions of the Conserved Transcription Elongation Factor Rtf1
Mentor: Olivia Rissland
Project: The Effect of 2A Sequences on Peptide Bond Formation in Giardia lamblia
Mentor: Aaron Johnson
Project: Investigating the Role of R-Loops in PRC2 Regulated Gene Silencing
Mentor: Beat Vogeli
Project: Investigating a Unique Role for Z-RNA Conformations in Cell Necroptosis and Viral Infection
Mentor: Traci Lyons
Project: CSTF2 and Polyadenylation
Mentor: Suja Jagannathan
Project: Elucidating the Role of DUX4-Induced Splicing Factor SRSF8 in SRSF3 Splicing
Mentor: Linda van Dyk
Project: Characterization of RNA-Mango as an RNA Tag for Isolation and Imaging of Viral ncRNAs