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circular RNA Biology Training Network: from biogenesis to biomarkers


Emerging topics in science offer unique opportunities to break truly new ground and develop a successful career. As one of these topics, circular RNAs (circRNAs), a species of nucleic acids forming a covalently closed loop, have very recently attracted high general interest. But many things are still unknown: How are circRNAs produced? What are their functions? What is their role in disease and could they be used as biomarkers?

To address these questions, the new “circular RNA biology Training Network: from biogenesis to biomarkers” (circRTrain) will offer a three-year funding plan to PhD students interested in the biology of circRNAs and potential medical applications. A major feature of the circRTrain network is the exchange between the eight participating institutions and their partners from all across Europe and Israel, allowing interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience in order to enhance subsequent employability on the job market.

CircRTrain enables young researchers to collect experiences spanning a great scientific spectrum. It combines cutting-edge technologies (sequencing, single-molecule and whole-organism imaging, RNA knockdown and delivery, CRISPR-Cas9), various disciplines (biochemistry, computational biology, genetics), model systems (worm, fly, mouse, human) and medical applications (biomarkers, new therapeutic strategies).

Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky
Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine
Phone: +49 30 9406 2999
Horizon 2020 & sub-programmes
57 months (January 2017 - September 2021)
Project funding
€ 3,870,807.84
Project partners
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