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ASRC-CCNY Seminar Series in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign: Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University

Join us for the fall semester ASRC-CCNY Seminar Series in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign every Wednesday at noon!  For this first seminar of the semester, Professor of Genetic Medicine and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University, will present a talk titled: “Assembly and Function of RNA granules
in C. elegans.”

Abstract    RNA granules are assemblies of RNA and proteins not limited by membranes. RNA granules contain factors for RNA biogenesis and turnover and are often assumed to represent specialized compartments for RNA biochemistry. We use the C. elegans model to study RNA granules in a native, whole animal context.  Our studies support the view that RNA granules are assembled by phase separation, a thermodynamic process that causes interacting proteins and RNAs to de-mix from the cytoplasm to form condensed droplets.  I will discuss active mechanisms used by cells to control the assembly and distribution of P granules in embryos, including protein clusters that form a type of “primitive membrane” on the surface of P granules to reduce surface tension and regulate granule dynamics. I will also discuss recent experiments that challenge the view that RNA granules represent specialized compartments for RNA biochemistry and present evidence that some are “incidental condensates”, non-functional minor condensation by-products that form when sub-soluble RNA-protein complexes saturate the cytoplasm.
Download Geraldine Seydoux Seminar Flyer  (234 KB .PDF file)

Download the Fall 2023 Seminar Schedule (189 KB .PDF file)

This seminar will be presented in the ASRC Auditorium and broadcast via Zoom, with snacks and refreshments to start at 11:30am in the cafe.

To join via Zoom:

Meeting ID:  966 7763 1144
Passcode:  asrc-ccny

For more information about this hybrid event, please contact:

Hyacinth Camillieri


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September 13, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC)
85 St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031 United States
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(212) 413-3300
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