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We are looking for students and postdocs to join the team! Send us an email for more information!

RNA plays a central role in most cellular processes and understanding the basis of RNA regulation and function is central to uncover the underpinnings of many diseases. The Montreal RNA Club gathers a community of scientists studying all aspects of RNA biology (molecular, structural, evolutionary, biomedical and computational) across four universities (UdeM, McGill, UQAM, Concordia) and multiple independent research institutes from the Montreal area. 


​Our mission is to foster a dynamic RNA community in Montreal, share expertise, bring synergy between labs and help disseminate the latest RNA research performed all around the city. We hold regular seminars where trainees, staff scientists and principal investigators present unpublished and ongoing work as well as conceptual ideas for novel projects with an emphasis on collaborative efforts. This is followed by a social hour where scientists of all levels can further meet and discuss. By providing this forum, we aim to stimulate regular exchanges between labs, help initiate innovative new projects and nurture a collaborative environment to strengthen RNA research in Montreal. 


If you're interested to join or want more information, don't hesitate and contact us.


We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Montreal RNA Salon Organizers

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Marlene Oeffinger is the head of the Ribonucleoprotein Biochemistry unit at the IRCM, whose research focuses on mRNA maturation and ribosome biogenesis. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal; and an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Experimental Medicine at McGill University. 

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Martin Sauvageau is a principal investigator leading the RNA and Noncoding Disease Mechanisms laboratory at IRCM. His lab investigates the role of long noncoding RNAs in cancer and rare diseases and develops novel RNA therapies. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal, Adjunct Professor in the Biochemistry Department of McGill University and an Associate Member of the McGill Center for RNA Sciences (MCRS).

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Daniel Zenklusen is a Full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal. His lab applies single molecule and super-resolution microscopy to address fundamental questions in RNA biology, including mRNP/lncRNA organization and  the role of the nuclear pore complex in RNA quality control, retention and  transport. 

Maria Vera Ugalde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University and the McGill Center for RNA Sciences (MCRS). Her lab investigates the molecular mechanisms that enable cells to survive environmental and age-related stresses using cutting-edge single molecule fluorescence microscopy techniques.

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