Deciphering RNA

The RiboClub brings together ribonucleic acid (RNA) biologists aiming at promoting the study of RNA evolution, structure and function. By fostering regular meetings, exchanging ideas, and sharing infrastructure, the RiboClub creates a unique atmosphere for the recruitment and development of young researchers.

Deciphering RNA

The RiboClub brings together ribonucleic acid (RNA) biologists aiming at promoting the study of RNA evolution, structure and function. By fostering regular meetings, exchanging ideas, and sharing infrastructure, the RiboClub creates a unique atmosphere for the recruitment and development of young researchers.

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RiboClub Life Achievement Award

The winner will be announced in September during the Gala Dinner of the 2019 meeting.

The RiboClub is proud to present the nominees for the 2019 life achievement award in RNA Biology

Ben Blencowe

2013 – present: Banbury Chair in Medical Research, University of Toronto
2013 – present: Director, Donnelly Sequencing Centre, University of Toronto
2006 – present: Full Professor, The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

“Professor Blencowe has redefined the study of alternative RNA splicing. He has pioneered whole-genome approaches, defined alternative splicing across evolution and set it in the context of a splicing code, discovered factors and processes controlling alternative splicing, and then discovered the extensive variation of the splicing of micro-exons in autism. His contributions have been recognized nationally and internationally and appreciation for them continues to grow. He is an outstanding citizen of the community, directing facilities and serving on national committees. He is a person of principle who appreciates the work of others and who encourages new people entering the field.” (quoted from the nomination letter by Phillip A. Sharp)

Benoit Chabot

1998 – present: Full professor. Dép. de Microbiologie et d’Infectiologie, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec

“Dr. Chabot is an outstanding scientist, a genuine leader and is considered one of the pioneers of the RNA Biology field in Canada and abroad. His scientific discoveries have made lasting contributions which continue to this day to lead to remarkable advances in basic as well as clinical-translational science. During his career, he has also trained and mentored many bright young investigators. Today, they collectively form a thriving and driving force of excellence for RNA science in Canada and abroad. Benoit’s exceptional scientific vision and leadership not only led to major advances within the broad RNA biology field but also served as a driving force towards building capacity and synergy between various research groups and institutions across the country.” (Quoted from the nomination letter by Drs. Côté, Gallouzi and Simard)

Imed Gallouzi

2013 – present: Full professor, Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

“Imed Gallouzi is recognized for identifying fundamental cellular signaling pathways regulated by the RNA binding protein HUR that is normally required for mammalian development and particularly in muscle maintenance. Using mouse model systems and patient samples, he has discovered mechanisms that through control of mRNA stability of key signaling molecules such as JAK-STAT influence cellular and mammalian metabolism. These findings reveal key modulation by HUR RNA binding proteins in cellular homeostasis and identify potential candidates for novel therapies in muscle wasting syndrome in cancer and in other human diseases.” (quoted from the nomination letter, by Michel Tremblay)

Stéphane Richard

2007 – present: James McGill Professor, Medicine and Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, QC He is also Senior Investigator and Associate Director of Research at the Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research- JGH (LDI-JGH).

“Stéphane Richard is an international renowned molecular biologist and a world leader in basic research of RNA binding proteins and protein arginine methylation. He is known for his ground-breaking work on the development of antibodies and pre-clinical animal models to characterize RNA binding proteins and their methylation by arginine methylation. Using biochemical approaches and genetic mouse models, Dr. Richard has also linked RNA binding proteins to osteoporosis, obesity, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Dr. Richard is a leader in the field of arginine methylation where he identified the role of arginine methylation in RNA metabolism and the DNA damage response pathway with implications for new cancer therapeutics.” (quoted from his CV)

The Faculty of Medicine at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) jointly invite applications for a

Full Professorship (W3) in
RNA-based Infection Research

The professorship is a permanent position to be filled at the earliest possible date.

This attractive position which includes a good start-up package and stable core funding will be based at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI). The HIRI is a new, federally funded institute whose mission is to perform both basic and applied research at the interface of RNA biology and infection biology, covering bacterial and viral pathogens, the immune response to infections, and RNA delivery to infected tissue. We have also been developing a strong programme on general RNA-seq and single-cell RNA-seq approaches to achieve a better resolution of infection processes.

Tools & Services

LabCollector

Lab Data Management for RiboClub associated labs

RiboSubstrates

 Search for siRNA, SOFA-HDV, Hammerhead substrates

RASE

 Primer Design. Real-time PCR Annotation of Splicing Event

G-browse

The Generic Genome Browser

RTAnalizer

Analysis of non-autonomous retrotransposons in sequenced mammals

RNomics

Palace

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Our Mission Statement

The RiboClub was founded in 1999 by researchers at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke. All the founding members have a particular interest in some aspect of RNA biology.

The RiboClub was put in place in order to :

• Establish an exceptional environment for students.
• Encourage students to interact and exchange with other students within the RiboClub.
• Stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations between groups.
• Foster the initiation of innovative projects that span multiple areas of expertise.
• Offer access to the latest technology infrastructure.
• Organize a monthly seminar series and an annual meeting.

The Université de Sherbrooke recognizes these activities and conferred us the status of “Center of Excellence in RNA Biology”. The actual research activities of the RiboClub members and associated labs include all nuances of the modern RNA field such as RNA expression, maturation (modification, cleavage and trimming, splicing), transport, and structure.

Our Mission Statement

The RiboClub was founded in 1999 by researchers at the faculty of medicine and health sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke. All the founding members have a particular interest in some aspect of RNA biology and the RiboClub was put in place in order to :

• Establish an exceptional environment for students.
• Encourage students to interact and exchange with students in other groups within the RiboClub.
• Stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations between groups.
• Foster the initiation of innovative projects that span multiple areas of expertise.
• Offer access to latest technology infrastructure.
• Organize a monthly seminar series and an annual meeting for an increased information flow.

The Université de Sherbrooke recognizes these activities and conferred us the status of “Center of Excellence in RNA Biology”. The actual research activities of the RiboClub members and associated labs include all nuances of the modern RNA field such as RNA expression, maturation (modification, cleavage and trimming, splicing), transport, the tridimensional structure and the proteins associated with RNA to form RNPs.