Circular DNA and a new class of micro-RNA featured in HudsonAlpha seminar

Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD, addressed an audience of researchers at HudsonAlpha this week. This virtual event marked the first external speaker seminar at HudsonAlpha in nearly a year. HudsonAlpha researchers realize the importance of engaging with other researchers and sharing ideas, methods, and research findings, especially amidst the current pandemic environment. The seminar series will be held virtually until further notice.

Dr. Dutta serves as Harrison Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. It was announced last year that Dutta will become the chair of the Department of Genetics as the University of Alabama at Birmingham later this spring. He was also recently appointed as Adjunct Faculty at HudsonAlpha.

The title of Dutta’s talk was “The changing face of biology/medicine dictated by genomics”. During his talk, Dutta discussed the discovery of a novel class of circular DNA present in both normal and cancerous cells, and a novel class of short RNAs call tRNA-derived RNA fragments. Dutta also talked about the proposed biological function of these molecules and methods of detecting them. To learn more about Dr. Dutta’s research, visit his lab website here.

This seminar was hosted by Greg Barsh, MD, PhD.

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