The mission of the Center for RNA Biology is to develop and foster research activities in the broad area of RNA biology. Hashim M. Al-Hashimi, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, directs the Center. Stacy M. Horner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Medicine, co-directs the Center.
The Center for RNA Biology brings together laboratories focused on RNA biology including the study of RNA binding proteins, RNA-based therapies, post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, non-coding RNAs and RNA interference (RNAi), ribozyme function, and RNA viruses.
Over 20 laboratories from the Duke School of Medicine, the University, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences participate in the Center for RNA Biology.
The Center holds monthly research-in-progress meetings. In addition to scientific presentations by member laboratories, these meetings provide an opportunity for Center members to meet for dinner and informal discussions. Members of the RNA community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University also attend these meetings and some of the meetings will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, the Center co-hosts outside speakers in other established seminar series, such as “The Thursday Series” and the Biochemistry Departmental Seminar.
The Center for RNA Biology, in collaboration with the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (formerly the Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy), the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Duke School of Medicine, established the Duke RNAi Screening Facility to provide the Duke community with materials, methods and expertise in RNA interference and allied RNA-based technologies.