6th Annual RNA Symposium

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6th Annual RNA Symposium – The Language of RNA in Disease and Development

March 21-22, 2019 – University at Albany Performing Arts Center (PAC)

The RNA Institute’s 6th Annual RNA Symposium is entitled The Language of RNA in Disease and Development. It brings together scientific experts, students and industry professionals who conduct basic, applied and translational research in RNA. This year’s meeting highlights multidisciplinary work being done in and around RNA science.

The RNA Symposium provides a forum for faculty, students and industry representatives to present their findings and network with colleagues. It has attracted Nobel Laureates, as well as National Academy Members, distinguished Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigators, renowned university professors, industry scientists and medical doctors, among others from around the world.

The 2019 Symposium includes talks from Craig Mello, Eliezer Calo, Matt Disney, Wendy Gilbert, Eric Kool, Cara Pager, Gisela Storz, Charles Thornton, and Elçin Ünal, as well as presentations by faculty, postdocs, and students selected from submitted abstracts. Please join us for this exciting event!


Register at the appropriate link below:





Registration Pricing: Students: $100, Post-Doctoral Fellows: $150, Faculty/staff: $250, Non-Academic/Industry: $350.

Credit card payments can be made directly on the registration portal. (If you are affiliated with a SUNY system campus or UAlbany, please contact Lisset Drislane for State IFR fund transfer or check payments.)


We have reserved room blocks at two nearby hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn is directly adjacent to the University. The Hampton Inn is within walking distance of the University as well as near a number of restaurants and shops. Please book your room through the links below. Make your reservations by March 5th to receive the group rate.

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
1389 Washington Ave.,
Albany, New York, 12206,

Hampton Inn Albany – Western Ave/University Area
1442 Western Ave,
Albany, NY 12203

Hands On Workshops

Hands on Workshops will be offered by RNA Institute staff and affiliated faculty on Thursday, March 21.  Workshop registration is available now through the main Symposium registration links above.

If you have already registered for the Symposium and would like to add a workshop please use the link below:

Workshop Registration

  • Gradient fractionation – Fractionation of biological material is an important tool to analyze samples separated by a defined parameter. One such method is separation by sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation. In this workshop, we will go over different gradient examples and what to use them for, sample preparation, gradient preparation and fractionation using the Brandel/Teledyne-Isco system. We also offer to fractionate and analyze samples by participants. The fractionated samples can be frozen for subsequent analysis by qRT-PCR, NGS, western blotting. Please contact the workshop organizer for details). A limited number of samples from participants could be fractionated during the workshop.  If you are interested please contact Dr. Fuchs. Hosted by: Dr. Gabriele Fuchs, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University at Albany
  • RNA simulations – This one-day workshop provides a combination of interactive discussions and hands-on workshops on computational simulations of RNA structure and dynamics spanning a wide range time and length-scales, from 2D and coarse-grained models all the way to explicit solvent, quantum chemical models. Comparative strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and connections to experimental data will be emphasized. Hosted by: Dr. Alan Chen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University at Albany and Dr. Paul Whitford, Associate Professor of Physics, Northeastern University
  • Epitranscriptomics – In this workshop we will learn how to prepare RNA samples to study its composition in the context of RNA chemical modifications using liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In addition to hands on RNA sample preparation, the users will learn about LC-MS instrumentation, RNA modifications quantification as well as data processing. Hosted by: Dr. Qishan Lin, Research Associate Professor, University at Albany and Dr. Dan Fabris, Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, University at Albany.
  • Sequencing technologies – Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience processing and analyzing genome-scale DNA and RNA data from Illumina sequencers. We will begin with a brief introduction to sequencing-by-synthesis technologies and then discuss appropriate experimental design for RNA-seq analysis. We will then cover the steps needed to transform your raw data into actionable information and biological insight. This includes genome and transcriptome alignment, quantification of transcript levels, statistical analysis, and data visualization. By the end of the workshop, participants will be exposed to a breadth of next-generation sequencing technologies and workflows as well as gain a working knowledge of data processing and modern bioinformatic analyses. Hosted by: Dr. Morgan Sammons, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University at Albany
  • microRNA Detection with DNA Nanoswitches – In this workshop, users will learn how to detect various microRNAs from biological samples using programmable DNA nanoswitches. This technique, forthcoming in Science Advances, provides a low-cost and simple alternative to qPCR and Northern blotting and can be performed in any lab. Hosted by: Dr. Ken Halvorsen, Senior Research Scientist, The RNA Institute

Final Schedule: please find the draft program at this link.

Full program is available here.

Abstract Submission: Although abstracts can still be submitted, we cannot guarantee that they will appear in the abstract book and be scored for judging, since the official submission deadline has passed.

Symposium sponsorship is available. Please contact The RNA Institute at rna@albany.edu to become a symposium sponsor. We offer customized sponsorship for all contributions to accommodate both the needs, expectations and budgets of our sponsors.

Symposium Organizing Committee: Joan Curcio and Melinda Larsen (Co-Chairs), Tom Begley, Bijan Dey, Jason Herschkowitz, Prash Rangan and Jia Sheng. Please contact The RNA Institute directly with any questions or concerns at rna@albany.edu or 518-437-4443.

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