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Annual Non-coding RNA Symposium 2024

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The Annual Non-Coding RNA Symposium is a global forum that brings together internationally renowned experts to highlight the latest developments in the field of basic and translational non-coding RNA research. This symposium aims to foster cross-collaborations between national and international researchers/clinicians and serve as a vital platform to accelerate the clinical utility of non-coding RNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics that can pave ways for precision medicine. This meeting will strengthen academia-industry partnership and provide a stimulating environment where students, postdocs and junior investigators can present (oral talk and poster) and discuss their research to a diverse audience. We have included a new session on Cutting-edge technologies highlighting new tools and techniques to study noncoding RNAs and a panel discussion on career development opportunities for the students and junior scientists.

On behalf of the organizers, Dr. Afsar Naqvi (UIC COD), Dr. Roopa Biswas (USU School of Medicine), Dr. Victor Ambros (UMass Chan Medical School) and Dr. Luisa Cochella (Johns Hopkins) we cordially invite noncoding RNA researchers and enthusiasts to participate in this year’s symposium from Thursday, September 12, 2024 - Friday, September 13, 2024.

Please find details on location, registration dates and pricing, agenda, abstract submission, speaker information, and sponsorship below. If you have urgent questions please contact Dr. Afsar Naqvi directly at If you have any general questions or require more information please email us

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Location – UIC Molecular Biology Research Building Auditorium Room 1017 – 900 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60607


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Eric C. Lai, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
“RNAi and miRNAs: from mechanisms to biology”

Dr. Lai completed his PhD in Biology at University of California, San Diego. During his post-doctoral training with Dr. Gerald M. Rubin, at University of California, Berkeley he studied genome wide analysis of Drosophila microRNA function.  His guiding research interest is to comprehend how complex biological patterns can be assembled with stereotyped precision during development. His lab utilizes integrative approaches to decipher genomic regulatory networks and their molecular mechanisms.


Bryan Cullen, PhD
Duke University
“How viruses subvert and co-opt miRNA-mediated gene regulation”

Dr. Cullen received a PhD in Microbiology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He currently holds a James B. Duke Professorship in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center. His laboratory studies the biogenesis and function of virus-encoded microRNAs. He is also interested in determining how epi-transcriptomic modifications affect viral replication and pathogenicity.

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Anil Sood, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Therapeutic applications of non-coding RNAs”

Dr. Sood received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a Professor and Vice Chair for Translational Research in the Departments of Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer Biology and co-director of the Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNA at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of angiogenesis and metastasis in ovarian cancer, effects of neuroendocrine stress hormones on ovarian cancer growth and progression, and development of new strategies for systemic in vivo siRNA delivery.

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Jeff Coller, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
“Harnessing RNA to achieve precision gene therapy”

Dr. Coller completed his doctoral studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral training at the University of Arizona. He is currently the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of RNA Biology and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University and Scientific Co-Founder of Tevard Biosciences. His research is focused on understanding the very essence of life: translation of the genetic code and has led to fundamental shifts in the understanding of gene expression. Coller’s lab investigates the exact signals at the end of mRNA translation and the beginning of mRNA degradation, which is not yet understood but holds great potential for novel therapeutics.

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