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4th Zing Nucleic Acids Conference 2014

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Nucleic acids – DNA and RNA – encode and transmit genetic information in the cell. But they are also structural, regulatory, and can even behave like enzymes. DNA is a repository of genetic information and must be accurately copied once and only once in each cell cycle. Structurally it has to be packaged into chromosomes yet accessible when required. DNA is subjected to recombination that creates diversity and leads to evolution, while it must remain intact and undergoes repair when damaged. RNA by contrast is the ‘working substance’ of genetics and a truly versatile molecule. It is a messenger that goes between DNA and protein, the scaffold for building complex functional machines such as the ribosome, a molecular switch responding to small molecules, and a key player in complex regulatory events. RNA can even accelerate chemical reactions by a million fold or more. Understanding processes involving DNA and RNA at the molecular and chemical level is the major theme of this conference.

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Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link. Please review this programme periodically to ensure you are aware of any revisions to the schedule.

The Conference Sponsors



Deadlines extended at the Chairs request
Talk Consideration Deadline: 28th September 2014     Poster Submission Deadline: 17th October 2014

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

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If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, please use the link below

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The Conference Chairs


David Lilley 

University of Dundee

Wei Yang

National Institutes of Health

The Venue

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Cancun, Mexico.



5th December 2014 – 9th December 2014

The Omni Cancun Hotel is a five-star, “Gran Tourism” resort nestled between the dazzling Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. It offers stylish 5 Star all-inclusive accommodation in a beautiful location, overlooking expansive swathes of white sandy beach. Capturing the spirit and tradition of the Mayan culture, the resort is elegant and contemporary, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens that lead down to the sea. The three cascading zero-entry swimming pools are a definite highlight, with swim-up pool bar, sunken chaise lounges and a unique ocean view Mega Jacuzzi seating up to 35 people.

Eating and drinking at the Omni Cancun is a real treat with 7 restaurants offering a wide choice including Italian, Mexican, Indonesian, Sushi, rotating themed buffet and seafood. For drinks, there are 5 bars including the Kukus Jacuzzi Beach Bar or you could head to the Lobby Bar to sample their delicious Martini Menu and listen to live music in the evening – a great way to round off another perfect conference day!

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Plenary Speakers


Taekjip Ha
University of Illinois


Anna Marie Pyle
Yale University


Jeff Gelles
Brandeis University

Following single pre-messenger RNA molecules along the pathways of spliceosome assembly and activation


Chris Lima
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Activities and regulation of eukaryotic RNA exosomes


James Berger
Johns Hopkins University
Bending, twisting, popping: protein and nucleic-acid remodeling by ATP-dependent machines and switches


Tom Steitz
Yale University
Structural insights into how factors function in various steps of protein synthesis


Joan Steitz
Yale University
Viral noncoding RNAs: more surprises


Ronald Breaker
Yale University
Prospects for Ribozyme and Riboswitch Discovery


Elena Conti
Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: the nuclear exosome in RNA decay and in RNA processing

Invited Speakers

PaullTanya Paull
The University of Texas at Austin
Regulation of Sae2 and CtIP endonuclease activity by phosphorylation
McCraeIan MacRae
The Scripps Research Institute

Structural Basis for microRNA Targeting
HammannChristian Hammann
Jacobs University Bremen

The RNA-dependent RNA Polymerase RrpC controls retrotransposons in D. discoideum

Kieft-150x150Jeffrey Kieft
University of Colorado
How flaviviruses use a unique RNA structure to confound a cellular exonuclease and produce pathogenic RNA

scott-baileyScott Bailey
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Crystal structure of an RNA-guided surveillance complex from a bacterial immune system

DillinghamMark Dillingham
University of Bristol

Specific and non-specific interactions of ParB with DNA: implications for chromosome segregation and condensation

MarcinMarcin Nowotny
International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Structure and mechanism of structure-specific nucleases – RuvC and Rad2

Contributory Speakers

Brandt Eichman
Vanderbilt University
Dong Wang
University of California San Diego
Yumeng Hao
University of Colorado Denver
Hannah Klein
New York University School of Medicine
Jane Grasby
University of Sheffield
Jeffrey Moffitt
Harvard University
Richard Brennan
Duke University School of Medicine
Sungchul Hohng
Seoul National University
Aaron Larsen
Harvard University
Ilya Finkelstein
University of Texas at Austin
David Brow
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Andrei Korostelev
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Peter Kim
Yale University
Darrin York
Rutgers University
Jung-Hyun Min
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alan Hinnebusch
John Tainer
Tahir Tahirov
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Alba Guarne
McMaster University
Ailong Ke
Cornell University
Jan Dohnalek
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague
Remo Rohs
University of Southern California
Toni Pfaffeneder
LMU Munich
Stephen Carr
Medical Reserach Council
Xuesong Shi
Stanford University
Christina Lünse
Yale University
Jason Micklefield
The University of Manchester
Sandra Weller
University of Connecticut Health Center
Jan Erzberger
ETH Zurich
Shigenori Kanaya
Osaka University, Japan
Michael Trakselis
Baylor University
Monica Pillon
McMaster University
Marc Schureck
Emory University
Nikolay Zenkin
Newcastle University
Dmitri Ermolenko
University of Rochester
Joseph Puglisi
Stanford University

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link. Please review this programme periodically to ensure you are aware of any revisions to the schedule.

Conference Fees

Event Pass – No Accommodation Included
Optional Extra
Gala Dinner $39

Price includes conference registration and attendance, lunches, evening meals and coffee breaks.
This option does not include breakfast or accommodation at the venue.
Payments for the Gala Dinner can be made at the conference.
Standard Booking – Accommodation Included
EarlybirdStandardAccompanying Adult Accompanying ChildExtra Night AdultExtra Night Child
Registration & Payment DeadlineJun 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014

Delegate Fees: Include conference registration and attendance, accommodation, all meals on a specially negotiated full-board package and The Gala Night (including any accompanying persons).

Accompanying Persons Fees: Include the same specially negotiated full-board package as delegates excluding conference attendance.

Group Discounts: We offer group discounts to 2, 4 or 6 attendees from the same lab (based on sharing a twin room), please contact us for more information

Additional Night Fees: Prices are per person per night.

Children: Children aged 12 and above are regarded as adults by the hotel. Children under the age of 2 years stay free of charge.

A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated per delegate room.

To ensure maximum safety at our conferences, registered attendee’s children are not permitted in the conference room, poster room or exhibitors room at any time including during the conference hours and poster sessions.


Please Note: Your accommodation will not be reserved and conference registration is not confirmed until Zing Conferences Ltd have received full payment of all outstanding fees.