Members of the group share common interests in the way that RNA molecules can regulate the expression of genes important for cellular processes such as proliferation and migration, as well as human diseases. The group works on interlinked but complementary projects using a diverse range of organisms and techniques with the ultimate aim of understanding the ways that RNA-based regulation can be manipulated to alleviate human disease.
The RNA Biology group meet regularly to share ideas and discuss their research findings. They also collaborate in dissemination of technical skills between postdocs, PhD students, Masters students and undergraduate students to encourage and train the next generation of RNA biologists.
The group continues to work together in the purchase of specialist equipment (a polysome profiling machine) and to fund external speakers and workshops (eg a RNA Salon grant from the RNA Society).
The RNA research group is funded by the MRC, BBSRC, Action for Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease Association, LUPUS UK, the RNA Society, BSMS and Life Sciences.