21/01/2015 - 12:00 - Auditori PRBB

Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Joan Steitz

Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine & Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, USA

Joan Steitz, from the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry & HHMI Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, US, is studying noncoding RNA-protein complexes (ncRNPs), which are ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells and inhabit specific cellular compartments. Her lab discovered the most famous noncoding nuclear RNPs (snRNPs), which participate in pre-mRNA splicing by recognizing important intron signals and assembling to form an active splicing complex called a spliceosome. She is also trying to decipher the roles of viral noncoding RNPs, and is also interested in translational control and miRNAs.

She has been invited by Juan Valcárcel and Fátima Gebauer (CRG).