Uruguayan RNA Club

sponsored by the RNA Salon Program of the RNA Society


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We are a group of scientists from different Uruguayan academic institutions. Our scientific interests are wide but related somehow to the study of RNA and its biology. As part of the RNA Salon Program sponsored by the RNA Society and Lexogen, we are organizing several academic meetings per year. Our goal is to develop a local community of RNA-centered scientists to foster our research based on a mutually-supportive and friendly environment, where science can be discussed openly and constructively. You are welcomed to join!

Recent activities:

First Congress of the Uruguayan and the Argentinian RNA Salons

Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay), December 2 - 3, 2022

AUG1 #RNAday 2022!

  • Virtual seminar by Marc Halushka (Johns Hopkins Medicine) on microRNA atlases

"The importance of localizing miRNA expression patterns at the cellular level"
  • RNAday baking competition!

The Uruguayan RNA Club

enjoying delicious RNA-themed pies and coffee

At Dr. Halushka's seminar

At the School of Science, UdelaR

Winner: the "PIWI" cake

by Dr. María Rosa García-Silva

May 17th, 2022:

Dr. Carlos Briones (CSIC, Spain) on Astrobiology & the RNA world

jointly organized with the aptamer's network and the aptamer's group of UdelaR

FEBRUARY 18th, 2022. School of Science, Universidad de la República

Federico Ariel (CONICET-Argentina), @arg_epilab: RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression: from fundamental research to sustainable agriculture
María Rosa García-Silva (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo): new roles of the piRNA machinery in colorectal cancer: potential disease biomarkers.
43 atendeed, 50% in-person, 50% virtual.

Welcome session ! Three young researchers who returned back to Uruguay after their PhD/PostDocs abroad will tell us about their work on RNA and ongoing projects. When? Friday, April 9th, 2021, 3-5 pm, VIRTUAL (ZOOM)

María Rosa García

(Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)

non-canonical roles of piRNAs in Drosophila embryos

(U. de Montpellier, France)

Ignacio López

(School of Science, Universidad de la Repúblcia)

Translational control of mRNAs by p53: a forgotten function

(Université Paris 7, France)

Florencia Palacios

(Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)

Musashi2 is an RNA-binding protein that constitutes a potential target for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

(The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, NY, USA)

November 27, 2020: RNA symposium at the biannual meeting of the Uruguayan Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBM, Uruguay). ANTEL auditorium, Montevideo (+ virtual)

José Tort

(School of Medicine, Universidad de la República)

small RNAs in worms

Alfonso Cayota

(University Hospital, Universidad de la República & Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)

tRNA-derived small RNAs

Fernanda Trovero

(Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable)

What do lncRNAs do in spermatogenesis and where do they localize?

Rafel Fort

(School of Science, Universidad de la Repúiblica)

Pan-Cancer chromatin analysis of the human vtRNA genes uncovers their association with cancer biology

AUGUST 6 - 7, 2020. Virtual meeting co-organized by the Uruguayan and Argentinian RNA Clubs

Uruguayan RNA Club's International Symposium, 2020

Tuesday, March 10th (2 PM - 6 PM) School of Science, Universidad de la República. Iguá 4225, Montevideo.


2 pm - 2:20: Intro & News2:20 - 3:00: K. Witwer3:15 - 3:55: N. Pinello4:10 - 4:30: Coffee break4:30 - 5:10: M. López-Lastra5:25 - 6:00: Happy Hour (at Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)

Kenneth W. Witwer

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Disrupting the miRNA abundance paradigm: implications inside and outside the cell

Natalia Pinello

Centenary Institute, University of Sydney, Australia

Role of RNA modifications in haematopoiesis and leukaemia

Marcelo López-Lastra

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

HIV-1 non-canonical translation initiation, Its not all about RNA structure

Marcelo López-Lastra (Chile)

Natalia Pinello (Australia)

Kenneth W. Witwer (USA)

... and us