NCCR RNA & Disease Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

June 2024: Rhiju Das - Stanford University, Stanford, USA

"Worldwide competitions and the RNA folding problem"

Website Das Lab

17.6.2024, University of Bern, DCBP EG16
18.6.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPM H33

October 2024: Cynthia Sharma - University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Title to be announced

Website Sharma Lab

30.09.2024, University of Bern, DCBP UG113
01.10.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPM H33

October 2024: Matthew Disney, The Herbert Wertheim UF-Scripps Institute for Biomedical Research & Innovation, Jupiter, USA 

Title to be announced

Website Matthew Disney

10.10.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPM H33
11.10.2024, University of Bern, DCBP EG16

November 2024: Pietro Fratta, University College London, London, UK 

Title to be announced

Website Fratta Lab

18.11.2024, University of Bern, DCBP UG113
19.11.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPM H33

December 2024: Elena Conti - Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany 

Title to be announced

Website Conti Lab

09.12.2024, University of Bern, DCBP UG113
10.12.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPM H33

Past Seminars 2023/2024

Past Seminars 2023/2024

June 2024: Laura Ranum - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

"Repeat associated non-AUG (RAN) proteins in neurologic disease: molecular mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities"

Website Ranum Lab

3.6.2024, University of Bern, DCBP UG113
4.6.2024, University of Zurich Irchel Campus, Y15-G-19

Mai 2024: Susan Gottesman - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA

"Bacterial Small RNAs: Regulatory Circuits, On and Off Switches, and Quality Control"

Website Gottesman Lab

6.5.2024, University of Bern
7.5.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg

March 2024: Roland Beckmann - Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

"Structural basis of cotranslational quality control"

Website Beckmann Lab

4.3.2024, University of Bern
5.3.2024, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg


February 2024: David Tollervey - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

"Lighting up RNA-protein interactions"

Website Tollervey Lab

26.2.2024, University of Bern
27.2.2024, ETH Zurich


November 2023: Thomas Cooper - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

"Mechanistic insights of RNA toxicity and disrupted RNA processing from modeling Myotonic Dystrophy in mice"

Website Cooper Lab

27.11.2023, 16:30, University of Bern, DCBP UG113
28.11.2023, 16:00, ETH Zurich, HCI G3


October 2023: Joseph Puglisi - Stanford University, California, USA

"The molecular choreography of translation initiation"

Website Puglisi Lab

23.10.2023, University of Bern, DCBP
24.10.2023, ETH Zurich


October 2023: Don Cleveland - University of California, San Diego, USA

"Development of “designer DNA drug therapy” for neurogenerative disease"

Website Cleveland Lab

02.10.2023, University of Bern, DCBP
03.10.2023, University of Zurich, Irchel

Past Seminars 2022/2023

Past Seminars 2022/2023

October 2022: Juli Feigon - University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"Structural biology of telomerase activity and interactions at telomeres"

Website Feigon Lab

3.10. 2022, University of Bern
4.10. 2022, ETH Zurich


October 2022: Archa Fox - The University of Western Australia, Perth Australia

"A journey into the nucleus: ‘Lnc-ing’ paraspeckles, lncRNA, RNA processing and phase separation"

Website Fox Lab

10.10. 2022, University of Bern
11.10. 2022, University of Zurich


October 2022: Clemens Plaschka - Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna Austria

"How to recognise and package nuclear mRNA"

Website Plaschka Lab

31.10. 2022, University of Bern
1.11. 2022, ETH Zurich


November 2022: Mary O’ Connell - Ceitec, Brno, Czech Republic

"Elucidating the role of the RNA editing enzyme ADAR1 in innate immunity"

Website O`Connell Lab

14.11.2022, DCBP U113, University of Bern
15.11.2022, HCI G3, ETH Zurich


November 2022: Jeannie Lee - Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA

"Lessons Learned from Targeting RNA for Therapeutic Benefit"

Website Lee Lab

28.11.2022, University of Bern
29.11.2022, ETH Zurich


December 2022: Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne - MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Charlestown, USA

"Disruption of RNA metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases and emerging therapeutic strategies"

Website Lagier-Tourenne Lab

5.12.2022,University of Bern
6.12.2022,University of Zurich


April 2023: Maria Carmo-Fonseca - Instituto de Medicina Molecular, University of Lisbon, Portugal

"Antisense transcription during cell fate commitment"

Website Carmo-Fonseca Lab

3.4.2023, University of Bern
4.4.2023, ETH Zurich


May 2023: Anna Marie Pyle - Yale University, New Haven, USA

Bern: "The innate immune receptor RIG-I couples protein folding with host- pathogen differentiation"
Zurich: "Visualizing and targeting the tertiary architecture of RNA retroelements: the Achilles’ heel of fungal pathogens"

Website Pyle Lab

8.5.2023, University of Bern
9.5.2023, ETH Zurich


May 2023: Claudia Höbartner - University of Würzburg, Germany

"RNA-catalyzed RNA modifications "

Website Höbartner Lab

22.5.2023, University of Bern
23.5.2023, ETH Zurich

Past Seminars 2021/2022

Past Seminars 2021/2022

November 2021: Anne Willis - University of Cambridge, UK

"Post translation control of gene expression in healthy and diseased states."

Website Willis Lab

1.11. 2021, University of Bern
2.11. 2021, ETH Zurich

December 2021: Hervé Le Hir - Institute of Biology, ENS, Paris, France

"Extended role of the Exon Junction Complex in mRNA trafficking"

Website Le Hir Lab

6.12.2021, University of Bern
7.12.2021, ETH Zurich

March 2022: Gisela Storz - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA

"RNA-mediated regulation within protein-coding sequences"

Website Storz Lab

14.3. 2022, University of Bern
15.3. 2022, University of Zurich

May 2022: Geraldine Seydoux - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

“Regulation of RNA granule assembly by intrinsically-disordered proteins”

Website Seydoux Lab

2.5. 2022, University of Bern
3.5. 2022, ETH Zurich

May 2022: John Mattick - School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

“RNA, the Epicentre of Genetic Information”

Website Mattick Lab

6.5. 2022, ETH Zurich

May 2022: Amy Pasquinelli - University of California, San Diego, USA

"Less Stress with MicroRNAs"

Website Pasquinelli Lab

16.5. 2022, University of Bern
17.5. 2022, ETH Zurich


Past Seminars 2020/2021

Past Seminars 2020/2021

January 2021: Roy Parker - University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

"Alterations in RNA physiology affecting tauopathies and viral infections"

25.01.2021, via Zoom

Parker Lab Page

February 2021: Maria Barna - Stanford University, Stanford, USA

"Ribosomes in Gene Regulation: Controlling the diversity of proteins made in specific cells, tissues, and organisms"

22.02.2021, via Zoom

Barna Lab Page

March 2021: Xiang-Dong Fu - University of California, San Diego, USA

"RNA Biology in the Core to Understand and Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases"

01.03.2021, via Zoom

Fu Lab Page

May 2021: Rachel Green - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

"Ribosome collisions function as a sentinel for cellular distress"

Green Lab Page

14.06. 2021, University of Bern & via Zoom

Past Seminars 2019/2020

Past Seminars 2019/2020

September: Christine Mayr - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

"Regulation of protein functions by 3’UTRs"

23.9.2019, University of Bern
24.9.2019, ETH Zurich

Mayr Lab Page

October: Bryan Cullen - Duke University, Durham USA

"Viral epitranscriptomics"

07.10.2019, University of Bern
08.10.2019, ETH Zurich

Cullen Lab Page

October: David Bartel - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA


14.10.2019, University of Bern
15.10.2019, ETH Zurich

Bartel Lab Page

October: Paul Anderson - Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

"Angiogenin, tRNA and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis"

21.10.2019, University of Bern
22.10.2019, ETH Zurich

Anderson Lab Page

November: Phil Bevilacqua -Pennsylvania State University,  University Park, USA

"Enhancement of Small Ribozyme Function By Biological Solution Conditions and Confinement"

18.11.2019, University of Bern
19.11.2019 ETH Zurich

Bevilacqua Lab Page

February: Lori Passmore, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

"Mechanistic insights into the mRNA poly(A) tail machinery"

03.02.2020, University of Bern
04.02.2020, ETH Zurich

Passmore Lab Page

Past Seminars 2018/2019

Past Seminars 2018/2019

October: Ling-Ling Chen - Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai, China

"Unconventional long noncoding RNAs"

01.10.2018 University of Bern
02.10.2018, ETH Zurich

Chen Lab Page

November: Matthias Hentze - EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

"Hidden treasures of the RNA world"

12.11.2018 University of Bern
13.11.2018 ETH Zurich

Hentze Lab Page

December: Marina Rodnina - Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

"Ribosome dynamics during mRNA decoding and recoding"

03.12.2018 University of Bern
04.12.2018 ETH Zurich

Rodnina Lab Page

March: Jennifer Doudna - University of California, Berkeley, USA

"CRISPR Systems: From Biology to Biotechnology"

04.03.2019, University of Bern
05.03.2019, ETH Zurich

Doudna Lab Page

March: Alexander Mankin - University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

"Something about the ribosomes and antibiotics"

18.03.2019, University of Bern
19.03.2019, ETH Zurich

Mankin Lab Page

May: Michaela Frye - German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

"RNA methylation in controlling gene expression during stem cell differentiation"

13.05.2019, University of Bern
14.05.2019, HCI G3, ETH Zurich

Frye Lab Page

Past Seminars 2017/2018

Past Seminars 2017/2018

October: Chuan He - Department of Chemistry and Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, The University of Chicago,Chicago, USA

"RNA methylation in gene expression regulation"

30.10.2017, University of Bern
31.10.2017, ETH Zurich

Website He Lab

November: Mariano Garcia-Blanco - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Invited by the PhD students of the RNA Biology PhD Program

"Flaviviral RNAs and host innate immunity: a love-hate relationship" 

13.11.2017, University of Bern
14.11.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Garcia-Blanco Lab

December: Bertrand Séraphin - Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Strasbourg, France

"Starting from the ends: from eukaryotic mRNA decay mechanisms to diseases"

04.12.2017, University of Bern
05.12.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Séraphin Lab

February: Fátima Gebauer - Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain

“Role of RNA binding proteins in cancer progression“

26.02.2018, University of Bern
27.02.2018, ETH Zurich

Website Gebauer Lab

April: Gene Yeo - Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, USA

“Understanding and engineering protein-RNA interactions for human therapeutics“

09.04.2018, University of Bern
12.04.2018, ETH Zurich

Website Yeo Lab


May: Michelle Hastings - Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, USA

"RNA Therapeutics: Splice-switching Antisense Oligonucleotides for the Treatment of Neurological Disease"

07.05.2018, University of Bern
08.05.2018, ETH Zurich

Website Hastings Lab

May: Leemor Joshua-Tor - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, USA

“Mad about U: regulating the let7 pre-miRNA“

14.05.2018, University of Bern
15.05.2018, ETH Zurich

Joshua-Tor Lab Page

Past Seminars 2016/2017

Past Seminars 2016/2017

September: Maurice Swanson - Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

"RNA-mediated Disease Mechanisms"

26.09.2016,University of Bern
27.09.2016,ETH Zurich

Website Swanson Lab

October: Jeffrey Kieft - Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

"Structured, dynamic viral RNAs and the ancient art of molecular warfare"

03.10.2016, University of Bern
04.10.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Kieft Lab

October: Sarah Woodson - Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

"Hfq chaperone keeps non-coding RNAs on the move"

24.10.2016, University of Bern
25.10.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Woodson Lab

November: Pascale Romby - Architecture et Réactivité de l'ARN, Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, IBMC, Strasbourg, France

"Multiple regulatory RNAs in Staphylococcus aureus coordinate stress responses and metabolism adaptation to virulence gene expression"

14.11.2016, University of Bern
15.11.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Romby Lab

February: Irene Bozzoni - Department of Biology and Biotechnology Charles Darwin, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

"RNA-mediated regulatory circuitries in normal and pathological muscle function"

20.02.2017, University of Bern
21.02.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Bozzoni Lab

March: Brenda Bass - Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

"ADARs, Dicer, and the dsRNAome"

27.03.2017, University of Bern
28.03.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Bass Lab

April: Tom Cech - Department of Chemistry &Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Bern:"The RNP World: Telomerase and Cancer"
Zurich & Lausanne:"Long Noncoding RNAs and Epigenetic Gene Silencing"

03.04.2017, University of Bern
04.04.2017, ETH Zurich
05.04.2017, EPF Lausanne

Website Cech Lab

April: Christopher Burge - Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

"The impact of RNA sequence and structural context on protein binding"

24.04.2017, University of Bern
25.04.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Burge Lab

May: Juan Valcarcel - Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain

"Networks of alternative splicing regulation in cancer"

08.05.2017, University of Bern
09.05.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Valcarcel Lab

May: Stuart Wilson - University of Sheffield, UK
Invited by the PhD students of the RNA Biology PhD Program

"Nuclear retention and export mechanisms for RNA in humans" 

15.05.2017, University of Bern
16.05.2017, ETH Zurich

Website Wilson Lab

Past Seminars 2015/2016

Past Seminars 2015/2016

October: Renée Schroeder - Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria

"Natural RNA-polymerase aptamers that control transcription"

26.10.2015, University of Bern
27.10.2015, ETH Zurich

Website Schroeder Lab

November: Melissa Moore - University of Massachusetts Medical School and HHMI, Worcester, USA

"Spliceosome and mRNP Structure Function and Dynamics"

16.11.2015, University of Bern
17.11.2015, ETH Zurich

Website Moore Lab

December: Jernej Ule - Department of Molecular Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Bern: "Regulation of gene expression by retrotransposon-derived RNA elements"
Zurich: "Understanding the secondary structure of full-length mRNAs"

30.11.2015, University of Bern
1.12.2015, ETH Zurich

Website Ule Lab

February: Rachel Green - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and HHMI, Baltimore, USA

"Connections between ribosome function and mRNA stability revealed by biochemistry and ribosome profiling"

22.02.2016, University of Bern
23.02.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Green Lab

March: Kiyoshi Nagai - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

"Architecture and evolution of the spliceosome"

14.03.2016, University of Bern
15.03.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Nagai Lab

April: Muthiah Manoharan - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, USA

"RNAi Therapeutics: From Base-Pairs to Bedside utilizing Chemistry"

18.04.2016, University of Bern
19.04.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

May: Karla Neugebauer - Yale University, New Haven, USA

"Cross-regulation between transcription and pre-mRNA splicing in vivo"

30.05.2016, University of Bern
31.05.2016, ETH Zurich

Website Neugebauer Lab

Past Seminars 2014/2015

Past Seminars 2014/2015

September: Adrian R. Ferré-D'Amaré - NIH, Bethesda, USA

"Ribosome-free tRNA-mRNA recognition: regulation of gene expression by the T-box riboswitch"

15.09.2014, University of Bern
16.09.2014, ETH Zurich

Website Ferré-D'Amaré Lab

November: Joan A. Steitz - Yale University and HHMI, New Haven, USA

"Noncoding RNAs; with a viral twist"

03.11.2014, University of Bern
04.11.2014, ETH Zurich

Website Steitz Lab

December: V. Narry Kim - Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

"Regulation of MicroRNA Biogenesis"

15.12.2014, University of Bern
16.12.2014, ETH Zurich

Website Kim Lab

February: Javier Caceres - MRC Human Genetics Unit & University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

"MicroRNA biogenesis and function"

23.02.2015, University of Bern
24.02.2015, ETH Zurich,

Website Caceres Lab

April: Allan S. Jacobson - University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA

"Genetic nonsense: from bench to bedside"

27.04.2015, University of Bern
28.04.2015, ETH Zurich,

Website Jacobson Lab

May: Ronald Micura - Institute of Organic Chemistry, CMBI, Universities of Innsbruck, Austria

"RNA chemistry - From ribozymes to riboswitches to novel RNA modifications"

18.05.2015, University of Bern
19.05.2015, ETH Zurich

Website Micura Lab