About MetaRNA

MetaRNA is a European research-training network, in which young researcher will do their PhD, and thereby will be excellently prepared for the future academic or industrial job market.

PhD students in the network will do exciting science at the interface between RNA biology and metabolism. We will develop RNA-based molecular sensors, with which we can probe cellular metabolism at the single cell level. Such capability will allow us to address important problems in diseases and biotechnology, where increasing evidence suggests that metabolic cell-to-cell heterogeneity is a key problem.

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  • Functional mining of transporters using synthetic selections 22 November 2016
    After our successful Meet the Fellows series, we are starting a new project: The metaRNA Fellows will introduce papers new and old that they find interesting or inspiring. Today, we start with a recent publication on riboswitches. On this blog, we have talked at length about aptamers and biosensors. There has been a post on […]

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Projects with a focus on RNA, aptamers, riboswitches:

Using latest insights and technology from the RNA field, we will develop molecular RNA-based sensors for metabolite. We will exploit computational design, robotics-assisted SELEX, MS-based biophysical aptamer characterization, …

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We will exploit the developed molecular sensors to push metabolic research to the single cell level. Fundamental and cancer-relevant questions will be addressed also with approaches from systems biology.

Projects with a biotechnological focus:

We will harbor the potential of RNA-based sensor for biotechnological application. In collaboration with industry partners, we will open up new avenues for the development and improvement of cell factories.