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RNA Nanotechnology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

RNA Nanotechnology and Extracellular RNA


January 21-22, 2017


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Sayantan Maji & Ely Porter

Application Deadline

Applications are no longer being accepted for this meeting. If you have been instructed to apply by the Conference Chair, please contact Hillary Lussier for further instructions.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on RNA Nanotechnology 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 RNA Nanotechnology Gordon Research Seminar will focus on RNA nanotechnology and extracellular RNA with separate sessions specifically devoted to Nanoparticle Folding and Structure, RNA nanotechnology, RNA synthetic biology, and the biological roles of extracellular RNA. The first three sessions will emphasize on the current advances in nanoparticle formation and organization that includes both self organizing RNA nanostructure and small, biological RNA elements. These sessions aim to bridge the RNA information boom to applications within therapeutics and industry. The final session will be on the biological roles of extracellular RNA wherein discussion will be focused on the recent developments in our understanding of the multiple roles of extracellular RNA in various physiological and pathological conditions.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 17, 2016. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "RNA Nanotechnology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


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: The Advancement of the Emerging Field of RNA Nanotechnology
Discussion Leader: Ely Porter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmPeixuan Guo (The Ohio State University, USA)
"The Advancement of the Emerging Field of RNA Nanotechnology"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRNA Nanotechnology
Discussion Leader: Lorena Parlea (National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmJaimie Stewart (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Self-Assembly of Multi-Stranded RNA Motifs into Lattices and Tubular Structures with Functional Capabilities"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pmPetr Sulc (The Rockefeller University, USA)
"Coarse Grained Modeling of RNA for Nanotechnology"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pmMario Vieweger (The Ohio State University, USA)
"RNA Dendrimers for Therapeutics Applications"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:25 pmJean Bosco Tagne (Boston University School of Medicine, USA)
"Encapsulated miRNAs as Disease Therapeutics"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amRNA Nanomedicine
Discussion Leader: Jean Bosco Tagne (Boston University School of Medicine, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amLuis Morello (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil)
"Extracellular RNA as a Diagnostic Tool"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amIrfan Khan (The RNA Institute, University at Albany, SUNY, USA)
"In Vitro Controlled Activation of Inactive siRNA"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amPaul Zakrevsky (National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA)
"Conditional Gene Silencing Mediated by a Dynamic RNA Switch"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amVictoria Goldsworthy (Ball State University, USA)
"RNA Nanotechnology and Fabrication of De Novo RNA Nanodevices"
10:55 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 pmExtracellular Vesicles, RNA and Its Applications
Discussion Leader: Jan Lotvall (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
1:30 pm - 1:55 pmZhefeng Li (Ohio State University, USA)
"Large-Scale Isolation of High Purity Ginger Derived Exosome-Like Nanovesicle as Carrier for Gene Therapy"
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:25 pmCaroline Horizny (Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA)
"Modified Structurally Interacting RNAs for the Detection and Identification of Intracellular and Exosomal microRNAs"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible NIH Common Fund, through the Office of Strategic Coordination/Office of the NIH Director. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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