The Organizers

The Toronto RNA Club is primarily organized by a group trainees (graduate students and post-docs) who are highly motivated in establishing a more tight-knit RNA community. If you are interested in participating or would like to share your ideas, feel free to email us with your suggestions.

20161205NanaLee_22PortraitsEliza Lee

Eliza is a PhD student in Alex Palazzo’s lab at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on how gene expression is regulated at the level of mRNA nuclear export using splicing independent mechanisms. She hopes to build a place for experts to meet, discuss ideas and share thoughts. The Toronto RNA Club is a place where the best of Toronto’s RNA research coalesces and inspire a collaborative environment that will benefit the community.

matthew-headshot.jpgMatthew Hildebrandt

Matthew is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. James Ellis’s lab at Sickkids. His graduate work revolved around the RNA binding protein DEAD box 1 and its role in early mouse development with Dr. Roseline Godbout at the University of Alberta. Now he studies post-transcriptional regulation in induced pluripotent stem cells as they are differentiated into neurons. Matthew joined the Toronto RNA Club to continue connecting with RNA focused researchers and assist with building a strong RNA research community.

eesha-sharma-mgn.jpgEesha Sharma

Eesha is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Ben Blencowe’s Lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on advancing technologies to identify inter- and intra-molecular RNA-RNA interactions in the cell and understanding their roles in mRNA gene regulation. Science is never done in isolation and as part of the RNA club, Eesha would like to contribute to a forum where fellow RNA researchers can get together to think critically, build upon and improve each other’s work.

Nev's TREnD HeatshotNevraj Kejiou

Nevraj is a Master’s student in Dr. Alex Palazzo’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. His graduate research focuses on elucidating the role of the metabolic enzyme Pyruvate Kinase as a non-canonical RNA-binding protein. Nevraj is of the opinion that RNA is the most remarkable of biological macromolecules – it is the link between the modern and the ancient, a humble molecule which has defined the earliest forms of life. Naturally, he enjoys his role as an organizer in the Toronto RNA Club – and is especially keen on meeting members of the RNA community and getting to know their research.

We would also like to thank our amazing faculty advisors for their mentorship and guidance.

 Claycomb lab   |    Palazzo lab


Former Members

amanda-trend-2Amanda Charlesworth

Amanda is a M.Sc. student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Amanda is currently working in Dr. Julie Claycomb’s lab examining the essential Argonaute CSR-1 in the mighty nematode C. elegans. While she is relatively new to the RNA field, she believes collaboration is an essential part of moving science forward, and is excited to help create a new opportunity for labs in the region to learn from one another.