Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology: Research Topics

RNA Biology

The primary product of the genes of our genome is RNA.

In addition to protein-coding mRNAs, genomes produce a wide variety of non-coding RNAs, which function in a vast array of cellular processes, including all aspects of gene expression and its regulation. The study of RNA Biology focuses on understanding the functions, processing, and regulation of these numerous classes of RNA molecules. The RNA Biologists within the Division of Biological Sciences explore a variety of aspects of RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression, including mechanisms of pre-mRNA processing, regulation of mRNA turnover and translation, and the processing and activity of microRNAs and other noncoding RNAs that play central roles in gene regulatory pathways, including those involved in organismal and immune system development.