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RNA Editing (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Mechanisms of RNA and DNA Modification and Health Impacts


March 11-12, 2017


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Amy M. Molan

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on RNA Editing is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2017 GRS will focus on the biology of RNA and DNA modification with a keynote talk from Dr. Harold Smith, who is a professor at the University of Rochester, the president of the biotechnology company Oyagen, and the original founder of the RNA Editing Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The GRS will immediately precede the GRC, and most participants will register for both meetings. The GRS will have three sessions provisionally titled Nucleic Acid Editing and Disease, Nucleic Acid Modification Machinery, and Cutting-Edge Nucleic Acid Technologies. These sessions aim to connect fundamental molecular mechanisms with the technologies and potential therapeutic applications that drive the editing field. In addition, the GRS will include two poster sessions providing an opportunity for all trainees to present and discuss results. The synergistic arrangement of the GRS and GRC will provide multiple opportunities for trainees to build professional networks and foster collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "RNA Editing" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Critical Thinking in a United Field by Its Own Making
Discussion Leaders: Samantha Dodbele (The Ohio State University, USA) and Albin Widmark (Stockholm University, Sweden)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmHarold Smith (School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA)
"Critical Thinking in a United Field by Its Own Making"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNucleic Acid Editing and Disease
Discussion Leaders: Qin Li (Stanford University, USA) and Shraddha Sharma (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAmber St. Martin (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Single Nucleotide Editing Using Chimeric APOBEC-Cas9 Complexes"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSicong Zhang (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
"The m6A Code in Glioblastoma"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmYuru Wang (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Differential Recognition of RNA Secondary Structures by Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR)"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmErin Borchardt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Investigating RNA Pseudouridylation Patterns in Viral Infection"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNucleic Acid Modification Machinery
Discussion Leaders: Prajakta Bajad (Medical University of Vienna, Austria) and Yuxuan Zheng (University of California, Davis, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amNatasha Dube (Coventry University, United Kingdom)
"3' End mRNA Readenylation in Aspergillus nidulans: Is It a Default or Regulated Process Which Is Facilitating the 3'-5' mRNA Decay Pathway?"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHuiQi Hong (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
"DEAH Box Helicase 9 (DHX9) as a Bidirectional Regulator in Adenosine-to-Inosine (A-to-I) Editing"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSuba Rajendren (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
"Regulation of A-to-I RNA Editing by C. elegans ADARs"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMadison Adolph (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
"Biochemical Characterization of APOBEC3B Mechanisms for Accessing Single-Stranded DNA"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCutting Edge Nucleic Acid Technologies
Discussion Leaders: Renana Rabe (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Yinzhou Zhu (UConn Health, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmYueming Sun (The University of Western Australia, Australia)
"Redesigning a Plant RNA Editing Factor"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmYishay Pinto (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
"Clustered Mutations in Hominid Genome Evolution Are Consistent with APOBEC3G Enzymatic Activity"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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