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Center for RNA Molecular Biology

Center for RNA Molecular Biology

Focusing on understanding the function of systems involving ribonucleic acids (RNA) at the molecular level

The Center focuses on understanding how RNA is involved in key biological processes such as transcription, translation, and splicing.

Members of the Center come together from diverse departments including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), BiologyChemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

We share ideas and our unique perspectives in an effort to promote interdisciplinary research and training of students and postdocs through regular research presentations by students, postdocs, and faculty.

Recent publications
Hepatitis C treatment's side effects can now be studied in the lab A research team led by Craig Cameron has developed a means of replicating and observing in Petri dishes and test tubes the adverse side effects of certain hepatitis C medications.
Early-Earth cells are modeled to show how the first life forms might have packaged RNA Phil Bevilacqua and his colleagues have developed a chemical model that mimics a possible step in the formation of cellular life on Earth four billion years ago.
New discovery regarding bacterial cells' methods of evading antibiotic treatment Research led by Thomas Wood results in the discovery of a new toxin-antitoxin system that allows bacteria to "sleep" through and survive antibiotic treatment.
News
A team of chemical engineers at Penn State that includes Huck Institutes faculty researcher Thomas Wood has received a three-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to help prevent biofouling of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. NSF grant will help create beneficial biofilms on water purification membranes - Full article
Melissa Beattie Moss talks with Craig Cameron about the possibility of another polio epidemic. Probing Question: Could polio make a comeback? - Full article
New light has been shed on a major event in the history of life on Earth – the origin of all major food crops and all other flowering plants – with the publication of the newly sequenced genome of the Amborella plant by researchers including Huck Institutes faculty members Claude dePamphilis, Hong Ma, Stephan Schuster, Naomi Altman, and Michael Axtell, and graduate student Saima Shahid. DNA study gives insight into the evolution of food crops, other flowering plants - Full article