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DirectorKIM V. Narry

  • KIM V. Narry DirectorKIM V. Narry
  • AHN Kwangseog Research FellowAHN Kwangseog
  • MIN Dal-Hee Research FellowMIN Dal-Hee
  • BAEK Daehyun Research FellowBAEK Daehyun
  • KIM Jongseo Research FellowKIM Jongseo
  • WOO Jae-Sung Research FellowWOO Jae-Sung

Unraveling the mysteries of genome and life through RNA studies

Contact Info

Tel. +82-2-887-2343

Tel. +82-2-887-0244

Address

IBS Center for RNA Research
Room 531, Building 504, Seoul National University,
1, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742

Director
Director KIM V. Narry

Director KIM V. Narry

Professor V. Narry Kim is the director of the Center for RNA Research, established in July 2012. She earned her M.S. in Microbiology from Seoul National University before getting her Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1998. She returned to Seoul National University in 2001 as a Research Assistant Professor. In 2010 she became a Distinguished Fellow at Seoul National University before starting at IBS.

Introduction
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Identifying RNA machineries that regulate cell fate

  • - Uncovering the function of RNAs
  • - Investigating the type, action mechanism and biological function of RNA modifications
  • - Developing high-performance bioinformatic tools for the analysis of miRNAs
  • - Developing miRNA detection methods for biomedical applications
  • - Developing mass spectrometry technology to study RNA-protein complex
  • - Developing methods to produce and purify RNAbinding proteins and unravel their structures
Main research activities

RNA is one of the three biomolecules that constitute all known forms of life. While DNA serves as storage of genetic information, RNA carries and transfers genetic information. Originally, RNA was believed to act as a passive decoder of the information embedded in DNA and relay the information to produce proteins. However, studies soon unraveled the multifaceted roles of RNA which range from producing proteins to acting as an enzyme which regulate cellular activities. Our understanding of RNA is in its infancy when compared to progresses made in the field of DNA or protein research; but it is drawing more and more attention as the diversity of RNA types and their cellular functions are realized. In addition, the association of RNA defects in over 20% of genetic diseases further consolidated RNA biology as an attractive field of research among the life-science communities.

The Center for RNA Research is undertaking research to discover and study cellular functions of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), which don’t make proteins. Although the majority of RNAs inside a cell do not code for proteins and hence are ncRNAs, we have limited understanding of only a handful of them. Even for microRNAs, a relatively well studied ncRNAs, their action mechanism, functions, and evolution remain largely unknown. Our research center is currently conducting research on microRNAs and other ncRNAs using cancer and stem cells as model systems. In addition, our center is running a long-term project to systematically identify novel ncRNAs and proteins that bind to them. These studies will advance our understanding of cellular regulatory mechanisms and provide a conceptual basis for the development of new therapies and diagnostic techniques.

We are a highly interdisciplinary and interactive research center, combining expertise from genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, analytical chemistry, and nanoscience. We are currently recruiting young scientists with various academic backgrounds and offer them the best research environments and opportunities to exercise their knowledge and creativity.

Organization

Organization

Main research results
  • General rules for functional microRNA targeting
    (Nature Genetics, 2016)
  • Structure of Human DROSHA
    (Cell, 2016)
  • Multiple repressive mechanisms in the hippocampus during memory formation
    (Science, 2015)
  • Uridylation by TUT4 and TUT7 marks mRNA for degradation
    (Cell, 2014)
  • LIN28A Is a Suppressor of ER-Associated Translation in Embryonic Stem Cells
    (Cell, 2012)
Personnel
Personnel status
Total76
Gender47(Male), 29(Female)
Korean/ International76(Korean), 0(International)
Degree
Position

As of March. 2017

Research

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