About the Organizers

Amanda Charlesworth

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Amanda is a PhD 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. She believes the RNA community is spectacular, especially because of it’s diversity. She believes collaboration is an essential part of moving science forward, and is excited to help organize TREnD as an opportunity for labs in the region to learn from one another.

 

Lauren Ostrowski

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Lauren is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Karim Mekhail’s lab at U of T. Lauren’s M.Sc. work involved characterizing the functional role of an endogenous natural antisense transcript in the regulation of Ustilago maydis teliospore dormancy. Her current Ph.D. research focuses on modelling neurodegenerative disease-linked mutations to RNA-binding proteins in budding yeast. She has a passion for the study of non-coding RNA biology, and is excited to help facilitate discussions and collaborations amongst fellow RNA enthusiasts at TREnD.

 

 

Sameen Ahmed

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Sameen is a second year graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto in Dr. Philipp Maass’ lab. She is currently exploring the role of long non-coding RNAs in gene regulation and genome organization during human chondrogenesis. As a returning member of the TREnD organizing committee, Sameen is excited to continue to be involved in the RNA community for the fifth annual meeting.

 

 

Pallavi Pilaka

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I am a graduate student in the department of Cell and Systems Biology in John Calarco’s lab at the University of Toronto. I am currently studying the tissue- and species-specific alternative splicing in C. elegans. I joined TREnD to learn more about RNA and to help build and stronger and more diverse RNA community in Toronto.

 

 

Marat Mufteev

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Marat is a Ph.D student in Dr. James Ellis lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Marat’s graduate work focuses on the regulation of mRNA translation and stability during human neurodevelopment. His current tool of choice – a laptop – makes him clearly understand the importance of collaborations. He is excited to join the TREnD organizing committee to help RNA focused researchers connect and push the frontiers of a science together.

 

 

Janine Truong

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Janine is a Master’s student in Dr. Craig Smibert’s lab at the University of Toronto. She is currently studying mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation in the early Drosophila embryo. She is excited to be part of TREnD to bring together and meet people in the RNA community.

 

 

 

Lamisa Mizan

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Lamisa is a second year graduate student in Dr. Ramalho-Santos’ lab at the University of Toronto. She is studying the role of LINE-1 transposon interaction networks during early embryonic development. As a new member of the committee, Lamisa is excited to get meet other trainees and discover cool RNA research at TREnD 2020.

 

 

Negin Khosraviani

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Negin is a PhD candidate in Dr. Karim Mekhail’s lab at University of Toronto. Her project focuses on the regulation of R-loops at the ribosomal DNA repeats in mammalian cells. Negin joined the TREnD organizing committee in order to bring together researchers in the RNA community and use this opportunity to learn more about RNA.

 

 

Mathias Renaud

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Mathias is a first year PhD student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Toronto. He is working in Dr. Julie Claycomb’s lab toward the goal of understanding how small RNA pathways regulate fertility in C. elegans. Mathias is looking forward to participating in TREnD for the first time!

 

 

ALUMNI

Matthew Hildebrandt, Akashdeep Dhillon, Geraldine Seydoux, Eesha Sharma, Nevraj Kejiou, Amanda Hall, Julia Sobotka, Monica Wu, Miranda Wang, Chris Wedeles, Melissa Wong, Danielle Bilodeau, Ashrut Narula.

 

FACULTY MENTORS

 

Dr. Julie Claycomb

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Julie Claycomb is an Associate Professor in the Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Toronto. Work in the Claycomb lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms of germline small RNA pathways using the nematode C. elegans as a model system.

 

 

 

Dr. John Calarco

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John Calarco is an Assistant Professor in the Cell and Systems Biology Department at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on understanding mechanisms governing post-transcriptional gene regulation in the nervous system, with a particular focus on alternative splicing. John is excited to be serving as a faculty mentor for TREnD.