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The Non-coding RNA Journal Webinar Series | Mighty Non-coding RNAs: Key Players in Understanding Inter-disease Crosstalk

1 Nov 2022, 15:00 (CET)

Noncoding RNA, Mechanisms, Bioinformatics, Therapeutics, Biotechnology, Cancer
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The Non-coding RNA Journal Webinar Series

Mighty Non-coding RNAs: Key Players in Understanding Inter-disease Crosstalk

The Non-coding RNA journal webinar is open to all who enjoy doing any type of research on the topic of non-coding transcripts or are passionate about learning about this exciting and competitive research area. The webinar speakers will present new findings from basic to translational research. Any interesting ideas for topics and speakers are welcomed!

Date: 1 November 2022

Time: 3:00 pm CET | 9:00 am CDT | 10:00 am EDT | 10:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 848 1387 0895

Webinar Secretariat:


Conway Institute for Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Dublin, D04 V1W8, Ireland,
Department of Medical Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010, Bern, Switzerland

Rory Johnson is Associate Professor at University College Dublin (Ireland) and Adjunct Faculty at the University Hospital of Bern (Switzerland). His research program focuses on long noncoding RNAs, their basic biology and their potential as targets for RNA therapeutics, using an interdisciplinary experimental / bioinformatic approach. He received his MSc in Physics from Imperial College, London, in 2000. He won a Wellcome Trust PhD scholarship at the University of Leeds (UK), where he wrote a thesis on regulation of gene expression in the healthy and diseased nervous system (2007). His growing interest in lncRNAs led him first to the Genome Institute of Singapore, then to Roderic Guigo’s lab at the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona. Here, supported by a Ramon y Cajal fellowship, he worked with the GENCODE consortium on methods to catalogue lncRNAs in the human and mouse genomes. During this period, Johnson became interested in the potential of new CRISPR-Cas9 technology in lncRNA research. He leads the Laboratory for Genomics of LncRNAs (GOLD Lab), composed of 10 experimental and bioinformatic researchers. The lab has created CRISPR-powered target discovery pipelines for RNA therapeutics in oncology and participate in GENCODE and Genomics England consortia. Rory Johnson has also been active in scientific commercialisation, holding patents on lncRNA therapeutic targets and as a founder of the successful ‘Bench2biz’ startup workshop.

Invited Speaker

Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Dr. Chunru Lin received her M.D. from Hunan Medical University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2006. She then became a postdoctoral fellow in Michael Rosenfeld's laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, where she completed training in cancer biology research. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center. Her lab focuses on cancer signaling pathways, cancer metabolism, and cancer immunology. Her work also explores the role of long non-coding RNAs in cancer as potential diagnostic and prognostic markers, as well as their potential to be cancer therapeutics.


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Time in CET

Time in EDT

Dr. Rory Johnson

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:05 pm

10:00 - 10:05 am

Dr. Chunru Lin

Mighty Non-coding RNAs: Key Players in Understanding Inter-disease Crosstalk

3:05 - 3:50 pm

10:05 - 10:50 am


3:50 - 4:00 pm

10:50 - 11:00 am

Closing of Webinar
Dr. Rory Johnson

4:00 pm

11:00 am

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