Snapshot of a circos plot showing the diverse types of RNA duplexes in mRNAs

For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

We are interested in the myriad of links that bring together the strands of RNA molecules, their links with proteins, and how these links make life happen.

We also study the nascent RNAs, which contain over a million transposable elements, genetic migrants with a vast potential for evolutionary innovations. Their interactions with RNA-binding proteins are largely behind such innovations, which take place in many small steps.

Inspired by insights gained from RNA, we migrate and collaborate across research fields, backgrounds, and nationalities. We bring together our different perspectives, as it is the spirit of connecting and sharing that counts the most.

Primary collaborators

Computational RNA Biology

Nicholas Luscombe - The Francis Crick Institute & UCL, London
Tomaž Curk - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Genialis - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Experimental RNA Biology

Rickie Patani - The Francis Crick Institute & UCL IoN, London

Sila Ultanir - The Francis Crick Institute, London

Louise Walport - The Francis Crick Institute, London

Gill Bates - UCL Institute of Neurology

Francesco Muntoni - UCL Institute of Neurology

Pietro Fratta - UCL Institute of Neurology

Andres Ramos - UCL, Department of Structural & Molecular Biology, London

Faraz Murdakheh - Barts Cancer Institute, London

Chris Shaw - KCL Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, London
Giovanna Malucci University of Cambridge

Kathryn S Lilley - University of Cambridge
Chris Smith - University of Cambridge

Tony Kouzarides - University of Cambridge

Michael Kiebler - Department of Cell Biology, LMU Munich

Marisol Soengas - CNIO, Madrid

Andrzej Dziembowski - Warsaw University, Poland

Dalibor Blazek - Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Our work is supported by the generous funding of the following agencies:

Primary funding:

1/2020 – 12/2024 Wellcome Trust; Senior Investigator Award, jointly with Nicholas Luscombe

10/2019 – 9/2024 European Research Council; ERC Advanced Grant

2014 – 2019 Wellcome Trust; Senior Investigator Award, jointly with Nicholas Luscombe

2014 – 2019 European Research Council; ERC Consolidator Grant

2008 – 2013 European Research Council; ERC Starting Grant

2006 - 2013 Medical Research Council (MRC); LMB core funding

Other funding:

2015 – 2017 European Commission; Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to Paulo Gameiro

2015 – 2017 European Commission; EMBO postdoctoral fellowship to Cristina Militti

2014 – 2016 European Commission; Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to Lorea Blazquez

2013 – 2015 European Commission; Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to Lilach Soreq

2012 – 2015 European Commission; FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) (16 groups)

2011 – 2013 Swiss National Foundation; Synergia grant supporting collaboration between 3 groups

2010 – 2013 Wellcome Trust/MRC; Strategic Award supporting collaboration between 16 groups

2008 – 2011 Human Frontiers Science Program, HFSP Program Grant supporting collaboration between 4 groups