I am Li Ze, a third-year doctoral candidate conducting research in the RNA Molecular Medicine Laboratory at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, specifically under the supervision of Professor Okamura Katsutomo. My project aimed to unravel the intricate landscape of RNA transport in Drosophila, probing whether the organism has evolved selective mechanisms for exporting distinct RNA species during biogenesis pathways.



As a doctoral candidate interested in the realm of RNA research, attending the 2nd Kansai RNA Club meeting proved an exceptional and enlightening experience. Set at the esteemed RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, this symposium served as a global convergence for researchers delving into the intricate world of RNA and its structural dynamics.

Figure 1. RIKEN Center


The symposium began with stimulating discussions and presentations delving into the fundamental aspects of RNA architecture and its functional implications within biological assemblies. Throughout the sessions, the symposium served as a dynamic platform featuring a broad spectrum of topics. Each presentation contributed a mosaic of insights, expanding our understanding not only of RNA's multifaceted roles but also shedding light on diverse facets of research:

The symposium provided a rich tapestry of insights into RNA's multifaceted roles. Presentations covered various aspects, including the importance of membrane fluidity in mammalian germ cells during telomere-driven chromosome movements, insights into phase separation and nucleolar functions, and the intriguing sequence rules governing transcription factor binding in vivo. Moreover, discussions delved into pathophysiology, highlighting host factors disrupted by cancer and emphasizing the significance of selective compartmentalization in gene activation. This symposium painted a vivid picture of the evolving RNA research landscape, offering captivating insights such as the role of piRNA in spermatogenesis, multiphase behavior driving spatial heterogeneity in the nucleus, functional coupling between gene expression and nonsense-mediated decay, unraveling complexities in biomolecular condensates during formation of germ granules or nucleoli transition, and revealing enhancer dynamics for insights into transcriptional regulation.

Moreover, the symposium wasn't solely about passive learning; it actively encouraged engagement. The event culminated with a social gathering fostering lively discussions, networking opportunities, and collaborations among attendees.

In conclusion, the 2nd Kansai RNA Club meeting was a transformative experience that showcased the diversity and depth of RNA research. It expanded horizons and sparked an enduring passion for delving deeper into the intricate world of RNA biology. Notably, the evening banquet was a delightful affair, offering exquisite cuisine and a convivial atmosphere conducive to engaging conversations and networking. The Hokkaido-sourced sake was a highlight worth savoring, adding a special note of appreciation to the evening's festivities.

Figure 2. Evening banquet


This symposium was more than an academic congregation; it was an avenue to forge enduring connections, glean fresh insights, and sow seeds for future research endeavors. The RNA Society, with its inclusive ethos and diverse discussions, continues to evolve, emphasizing diversity, tackling new challenges, and striving for inclusivity to sustain its vibrancy for all members.



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