Justin Waldern

Department of Chemistry, Dr. Marlene Belfort's Lab

Justin attended the Transposable Elements 2018 meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, November 1-4th.  This meeting brings together mobile element researchers from all over the world.  He gave a talk entitled “Mobile group II intron distribution and host-gene interplay” on his research on group II introns, self-splicing ribonucleoproteins that are also mobile elements, capable of invading DNA through retrotransposition (during which the RNA of the group II intron is reverse transcribed to DNA using its own intron encoded protein).  His talk highlighted what genes group II introns are found in, and how the function of those genes may relate to the biology of the group II introns.

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