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Eric Miska studied mathematics, physics and biology at Heidelberg, Berlin and Mainz and received a BA in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1996.
He received his PhD in pathology from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2000.
Eric completed a post doc with Bob Horvitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before starting his own research group at the Gurdon Institute in 2005, focusing on non-coding RNAs and their role in gene regulation.
Eric currently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics and a Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute. Eric was an EMBO Young Investigator and is a full member of EMBO since 2012. Eric is the 2013 recipient of the Hooke Medal awarded by the British Society of Cell Biology.
Patterns in nature. A romanesco cauliflower is just shocking.
Where to start? The role of non-coding RNA in organizing genome architecture is on top for me today. Just check us out at www.ericmiskalab.org for all the other RNA biology we are excited about.
Shear simplicity. Check out Jacob and Monod’s hypotheses about the nature of the repressor. RNA is the ideal regulatory molecule and still underestimated by most biologists today.
This is my third time co-chairing this conference with Abcam. We already had two amazing meetings on non-coding RNA in London and Cambridge UK in 2011 and 2013. My connection to Abcam goes back a long time though – I shared a bench with former Abcam CEO Dr Jonathan Milner during my PhD.
Key leaders from different areas of RNA biology together in a format that facilitates discussion and interaction. Very exciting to partner up with the epigenetics conference for even better cross-fertilization. A unique opportunity!
Simple: the first RNA medicines are in the clinic now. This is just the beginning.
A plausible mechanism for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in mammals involving RNA.
RNA pathways in mammalian immunity and new insights into long non-coding RNA mechanisms are two to watch out for I think.
It is a fantastic line-up. I am most looking forward to the interactions and discussions between the speakers and all the participants to create something special.
Be brave. Try to be different.
Too scary to contemplate really.
OK. It is my iPhone. It takes an extreme holiday to take me off the grid.