Note: The Meeting will take place at the new IMP building just behind the IMBA building.
Address: Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria



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09.00 – 11.00    Registration / Snacks

11.00 – 11.10    Welcome and Introduction 

Small RNAs in transposon defense
Chair: Julius Brennecke

11.10 – 11.40    Mikiko Siomi – piRNA biogenesis in Drosophila and Bombyx germlines

11.40 – 12.10  Severine Chambeyron – Piwi defines the identity of piRNA clusters during a specific embryonic development window

12.10 – 12.30  Martin Kreutz – Identification of Circulating Biomarkers for Colorectal Cancer: An NGS Approach (Qiagen sponsored talk)

12.30 – 13.00    Peter Andersen (Brennecke Lab) ­­– A heterochromatin-dependent transcription machinery drives piRNA expression

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch (IMP Cafeteria) / Poster Setup

14.00 – 14.30   Alexei Aravin – Biogenesis and functions of piRNA in the nucleus

14.30 – 15.00    Nelson Lau – Piwi target silencing is impacted by RNA elongation

PhD Workshop – Part 1
Chair: Madalena Reimão-Pinto

15.00 – 16.00

KIM BAEKGYU    PHD   Seoul National University  Genome-wide mapping of DROSHA cleavage sites on primary microRNAs and novel substrates

McGeary Sean  PHD   HHMI, MIT, and Whitehead Institute       Biochemical analyses of millions of possible miRNA–target site interactions

Chiara Alberti      PHD   IMP, Vienna  A novel small RNA labeling approach uncovers the tissue- and cell-specific microRNomes of C. elegans

16.00 – 16.30   Coffee Break (Auditorium)

Regulation of gene expression
Chair: Andrea Pauli

16.30 – 17.00    Mihaela Zavolan – Splicing factors enhance the transcription factor-mediated cell reprogramming

17.00 – 17.30    Veronika Herzog (Ameres Lab) – Thiol-linked alkylation for the metabolic sequencing of RNA

17.30 – 18.00     Jeffrey Chao – Imaging the life and death of mRNAs in single cells

18.30                 Dinner at the IMP cafeteria


RNA in immune defense
Chair: Stefan Ameres

09.00 – 09.30      Judy Lieberman – Shooting the Messenger: Rapid and Global mRNA Decay in Apoptosis

09.30 – 10.00      Blake Wiedenheft – A CRISPR immune response to viruses that infect bacteria

10.00 – 10.30      Hailing Jin – Small RNAs and cross-Kingdom RNAi in Plant-Pathogen Interaction

10.30 – 11.00      Coffee Break (Auditorium)

PhD Workshop – Part 2
Chair: Jakob Schnabl

11.00 – 12.00    

Beltran Antoni        PHD   MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, ICL         Evolutionary analysis of piRNA genomic organisation reveals two fundamental modes of piRNA biogenesis in nematodes

Dunker Florian        PHD   University of Munich (LMU)          The role of small RNAs in pathogenic oomycete-plant interactions

Oberlin Stefan      PHD   ETH Zürich   A genome-wide transcriptome and translatome analysis of Arabidopsis transposons identifies a unique and conserved genome expression strategy for Ty1/Copia retroelements

12.00 – 14.00       Lunch and Poster Viewing (IMP Lecture Hall and Auditorium Balcony)

Long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs
Chair: Luisa Cochella

14.00 – 14.30      Anna Claudia Marques – Contributions of lincRNAs cell cycle regulation

14.30 – 15.00   Monika Piwecka (Rajwesky Lab) – Loss of Cdr1as, a conserved mammalian circular RNA, causes miRNA deregulation and a neuropsychiatric phenotype

15.00 – 15.30       Igor Ulitsky – Sequence elements driving nuclear localization of long RNAs in mammalian cells

15.30 – 16.00       Coffee break (Auditorium)

The Epitranscriptome: Emerging function of RNA Modifications
Chair: Michael Jantsch

16.00 – 16.30     Jean-Yves Roignant – Insights into the roles and mechanisms of the m6A mRNA pathway in Drosophila

16.30 – 17.00     Dan Dominissini – Epitranscriptome – beyond base methylation

17.15                  Tour and Dinner for academic speakers

Bar for PhD Workshop speakers


Epigenetic gene regulation
Chair: Oliver Bell

09.00 – 09.30      Rob Martienssen – Germline reprogramming and transposon control with small RNA

09.30 – 10.00      Keith Slotkin – Establishment of Heterochromatin: Initiation of Transposable Element Recognition and Targeting

10.00 – 10.30     Marc Bühler – Protecting active chromatin from RNAi-directed epigenetic gene silencing

10.30 – 11.00      Coffee Break (Auditorium)

11.00 – 11.30       Daniel Zilberman – Epigenetic inheritance of DNA methylation patterns

PhD Workshop – Part 3
Chair: Julia Batki

11.30 – 12.30    

Sakakibara Kazuhiro   PHD   The University of Tokyo    The role of Zucchini in 3? end processing of the piRNA intermediate within the Siwi-pre-piRISC in silkworm germ cells

Rogers Alicia             PHD   California Institute of Technology          Primary piRNA processing is triggered by sequestration of RNA to nuage

Dallaire Alexandra      PHD   Laval University Cancer Research Center An unexpected function for germline microRNAs

12.30 – 14.00      Lunch and Poster Viewing (IMP Lecture Hall and Auditorium Balcony)

RNA in development and differentiation
Chair: Michael Nodine

14.00 – 14.30       Nick Sokol – The LIN-28/let-7 pathway in Drosophila stem cells and differentiation

14.30 – 15.00       Peter Brodersen – New insights into the requirement for 2’-O-methylation of plant miRNAs

15.00 – 15.30       Luisa Cochella – Two classes of miRNAs are required for animal development

15.30   Awards and closing of the meeting

16.00   Light bites and socializing (IMBA Atrium)

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