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Christmas Lunch 2019



RNAciers enjoying home-made Christmas food together!

27th tRNA Conference 23-27.9.2018


Pavlína and Peter attended the 27th tRNA Conference - at the Crossroads in Strasbourg, France, 23-27.9.2018. Lots of exciting talks and excellent posters covering tRNA biogenesis and evolution, modification, translation, tRNAomics and synthetic biology, tRNA fragments, aminoacyl synthetases, and tRNA biology and disease.

The Finnish flag was centrally located in the welcome speech by Philippe Giegé.

Lab retreat 15.8.2018


The RNAcious Lab going amphibic at Lake Haukkalampi in Nuuksio National Park, Espoo, Finland.

Congrats to Pavlína for conquering the Science Communication contest and convincing the jury that her project is awesome!

Science Day 10.01.2018



Launching of the new Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences:

Kick-off event: Dr. Peter Sarin gave a 3 min flash talk about our research!

Christmas Lunch 2017


Dec 15, 2017 - Ravintola Savotta

Maakuntien parhaita makuja (Tasty and hearty Finnish food)

Christmas lunch enjoying the real Finnish food with a nostalgic atmosphere!

Christmas Market in Helsinki 2017





It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Helsinki!

Candies from Slovakia 07.11.2017



Pavlina brought us the best candies from Slovakia.

Thank you for the treat!

Omenapiirakka time 29.09.2017





When autumn darkness falls, especially in Finland, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness. Hannu's omenapiirakka is special and people remember. Thank you Hannu!

Summer/Autumn Lab Lunch 2017




Aug 15, 2017 - Chico's, Viikki

Memories forget the hard times.

Farewell lunch for Rajita and Welcome lunch for Pavlina @ the hottest and trendiest restaurant in Viikki, Chico's !!!






Rajita got the famous #3 AUTO from Peter and a book from her other mentor.


Sigrid Jusélius Symposium 2017



Translation of Immunity, Inflammation and Cancer Mechanisms

June 11-14, 2017 - Hanasaari, Espoo, Finland

Peter Sarin and Cha San Koh attended the meeting which aimed to bring immunology and cancer biology together.

RNA Society Meeting 2017

Hallmarks of Cancer: Focus on RNA and
The 22nd Annual Meeting of The RNA Society 2017

May 28 - June 3, Prague, Czech Republic


The RNA 2017 Meeting was held at the Prague Congress Center, a dominant landmark of the capital with wonderful panoramic views of Prague, and near to the city center.

Peter Sarin attended both the RNA Society Meeting 2017 and one of the satellite meeting (Hallmarks of Cancer: Focus on RNA). The latter brought together RNA and cancer biologists.



Keynote speakers of the RNA Society Meeting include:

Marina Rodnina (Max Planck Inst. Goettingen; Translational regulation)
Robert Singer (Albert Einstein , NY; Imaging of single mRNAs)
Eric Sontheimer (UMass Med School; CRISPR-Cas & RNAi)
Juan Valcarcel (CGR Barcelona; Regulation of alternative pre-mRNA splicing)

Sebastian Leidel's visit to Viikki

Welcome Sebastian Leidel to Viikki!

We were delighted to host the visit of our collaborator here in Viikki campus, Sebastian Leidel from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster in Germany. He gave an inspiring talk in the Viikki Biocenter Monday Lecture on Monday, April 24th, Viikki Biocenter Auditorium 1041,Biocenter 2, Viikinkaari 5 at 15.15. The tittle of his talk is :

When cells become dyslexic - Connecting RNA and protein quality control

Sebastian Leidel studies the in vivo roles of tRNA modification. Recent work from his laboratory has revealed an unexpected connection between the absence of tRNA modifications and its impact on cellular protein quality. Depending on the experimental system this can reroute signalling and cellular differentiation, thereby explaining phenotypes that are associated with the absence of modifications also in human diseases.


Picture was taken 15 mins prior to the seminar. The auditorium was filled with scientists 15 mins later.










When the two tRNA modification experts meet in Viikki.........................

Sigrid Jusélius Foundation Grant Celebration




Congratulations to our mighty PI, Peter Sarin, who managed to secure a grant from the Sigrid Juselius Foundation.

In other words, we expect to have an additional member to our lab soon!

It's time to celebrate.

RNAciers in spring 2017



The Mighty One with the Three Musketeers

The RNAcious laboratory is founded in September 2016 with only three members. Across one year, we became four. A good start for the A-U-G-C nucleotides formation team in the RNAcious laboratory in 2017.