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RNA Society DEI Committee
Shobha Vasudevan
Chair of the DEI Committee. Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, HMS. The Vasudevan lab focuses on the role of post-transcriptional mechanisms in clinically resistant quiescent cancer cells, to develop solutions for detection of refractory cancers and for designing new therapies.
Suja Jagannathan
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Advocacy as well as Outreach subcommittees leader. The Jagannathan lab studies how cells detect and degrade aberrant RNAs, and how dysregulation of this surveillance process contributes to human muscle development and disease.
Olivia Rissland
Bio: Outreach subcommittee leader.
Kehinde Ross
Website and communication as well as Internships subcommittees leader. Reader in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Liverpool John Moores University: Co-lead of the Internship and outreach subcommittee. My research focuses on the expression and function of microRNAs in skin disorders and cancer and the development of RNA-directed therapeutics to modulate miRNA activity.
Ute Kothe
RNA Salon Program Coordinator, Professor, University of Lethbridge, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitobas, ex officio committee member. The Kothe lab is investigating RNA modification, RNA folding and RNA processing with a focus on tRNA maturation and ribosome biogenesis.
Maayan Salton
Website and communication subcommittee leader. Assistant Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Salton Lab study alternative splicing regulation in autism spectrum disorder.
Feng Guo
Bio: Resources Subcommittee leader. The Guo lab focuses on two areas: (1) developing therapeutics targeting RNAs in diseases and (2) understanding molecular mechanisms of RNA processing in biology, using X-ray crystallography, biochemical methods, reporter assays in mammalian cells, and disease animal models.
Jen Quick-Cleveland (postdoc)
Bio: Website and communication as well as Resources subcommittees leader. Chancellor's Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, University of California Santa Cruz.
Natoya Peart (postdoc)
Bio: Advocacy Subcommittee leader.
Stevie Nystrom (Industry)
Bio: Website and communication as well as Internships subcommittees leader.
Eliseo Salas (student)
Bio: Emory University PhD student
Oarteze Hunter (student)
Bio: Website and communication subcommittee leader.
Julia Philipp (student)
Bio: Website and communication subcommittee leader.
Doreen Lugano (postdoc)
Bio: Outreach subcommittee
Mai Baker (student)
Bio: Outreach subcommittee
New Initiatives
Underrepresented Scientists (URS)

Underrepresented populations are currently based on the following criteria: 
 NIH/NSF definition; UN definition of minorities including nations not listed here as top economies by the world bank; those conducting research in an academic environment not supported by outside research funding; those of minority race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic background, or other forms of underrepresentation; those underrepresented in the Society. More equalizing terms like underrepresented scientists (URS) or PEER and improved definitions (adding indigenous minorities in local regions around the globe) are constantly being evolved by academic institutes, DEI experts, and funding agencies, and will be updated to be inclusive. 

RNA Society DEI candidate interest application form

Funding and Opportunities

Funding links: minority postdoc, Ford and Burroughs

Wellcome fellowships: internship and other opportunities 

Data and Resources
Data and Resources

RNA Society DEI Resources
Inclusive language
Academic institutes
Mentoring Resources

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, eLife 2021
Historical comparison of gender inequality in scientific careers across countries and disciplines (Huang et al., PNAS 2020
Replicating Meyerhoff for inclusive excellence in STEM ( Science 2019 364; 6438:335) Meyerhoff Scholars Program.
Quantifying collective intelligence in human groups (PNAS 2021 118; 21:e2005737118)

Royal Society of Chemistry Diversity policy
Royal Society of Chemistry STEM
EMBL EDI resource
ISCB Diversity resource
NIGMS Diversity resource
NSF Includes
Wellcome Diversity resource


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