*Pizza will be provided for all lectures in the series courtesy of Dovetail Genomics

New tRNA Genes and the Primate Brain

Location: Biomed 200, UCSC Campus When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:40 AM Speaker: Todd Lowe

Comparative genomics, computational and experimental non-coding RNA research, RNA gene modeling, search tools, and function prediction, role of RNA modification in regulation of cell metabolism, transfer RNA research, microbial genomics, evolutionary adaptation to extreme environments, small nucleolar RNA research, RNase P evolution, evolution and regulation of RNA processing, extra-cellular RNA-based regulation, alternative roles of non-coding RNAs

What was the first nucleic acid?

Location: Biomed 200, UCSC Campus When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:40 PM Speaker: Dave Deamer

David DreamerProf. Deamer’s primary research interest concerns DNA transport through nanoscopic pores in membranes. This work focuses on developing an instrument that can analyze nucleic acids as individual molecules. Prof. Deamer also uses nanopore analysis in his second research interest, which concerns the process by which nucleic acids first emerged on the early Earth prior to the origin of cellular life. Results from these investigations are described in two recently published books: Origins of Life (2010) with Jack Szostak as co-editor, Cold spring Harbor Press and First Life (2011), University of California Press.