RNA localization
in homeostasis and disease

Targeting of RNA transcripts to diverse subcellular localizations has been observed in many different organisms and was identified as a general regulatory mechanism that controls gene expression on a transcriptome-wide scale.

It has important functions in development and tissue homeostasis and attracts increasing interest for its role in cancer progression and metastasis. Yet, the mechanisms and RNA sequence elements that target most transcripts to specific subcellular localizations remain obscure. Most likely because cis-acting elements greatly vary in length and can act synergistically, it has been challenging to identify them based on primary sequence alone.

We employ single-molecule imaging techniques in combination with 3D organoid model systems to unravel the molecular mechanisms that target individual RNA transcripts to diverse subcellular localizations, cell types and tissues.


August 1, 2023

New PhD students

Nikolaus Beer and Suria Itzel Morales joined us as PhD students in the new lab at UZH.

November 24, 2023

A single partycle

Official lab warming party with our colleagues at the Department of Molecular Life Sciences at UZH: Cocktails, a wheel of fortune and fabulous organoid piñata from 5pm in building Y55!