RNA Biology

RNA carries out many important roles in the cell: messenger RNAs encode information for protein production, while non-coding RNAs have multiple roles, ranging from gene regulation to the maintenance of DNA integrity. These functions are essential for development, fertility, and cell survival. At IMB, we study the biology of RNAs from transcription to processing and maturation, and interrogate the role that RNA plays in gene regulation and genome integrity to better understand development, reproduction and disease.

Keywords: RNA modifications, epigenetics, small RNAs, Argonaute, ribosome, non-coding RNA, DNA methylation, antisense, telomeres, germline, R-loops

Key techniques used: RNA-seq, DRIP-seq, RNAi, in-situ fluorescence microscopy, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), individual-nucleotide resolution UV crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (iCLIP), bioinformatics.

IPP Groups in RNA Biology:

GroupDescription
Brian Luke

Crosstalk between DNA damage checkpoints and nutrient signalling

Jennifer Winter

RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression

Julian König

Genomic views of protein-RNA interactions and splicing regulation

Mark Helm

RNA modifications in development

Petra Beli

Decoding DNA damage signaling using quantitative mass spectrometry

René Ketting

Genetic and molecular dissection of RNAi induced heterochromatin