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In the past decade it has become clear that regulatory RNAsARNm-Rasmol allow bacteria and archaea to respond to a wide range of changes in their environmental conditions, and that much more of the genome is transcribed than ever imagined. This conference is the fourth in a series of extremely successful meetings exploring the latest findings regarding this important class of regulators. The conference will be a premier forum for the presentation of cutting-edge advances and the latest perspectives in the areas of discovery, mechanism, structure and evolution of bacterial riboregulators. Sessions will cover prominent and emerging roles of small RNAs in regulatory networks as well as their diverse mechanisms of action. Other sessions will address how RNA-binding proteins and ribonucleases impact sRNA function. Riboswitches and other signals within mRNA that affect the stability or translation of the message as well as the important RNA-based CRISPR immunity against invading genetic elements also will be discussed. Finally, regulatory RNAs will be considered from broader evolutionary, systems and synthetic biology perspectives. In addition to featuring scientists invited from around the world, the program will include 20 speakers selected on the basis of submitted abstracts. This flexibility in programming allows inclusion of exciting late-breaking advances and will promote high visibility of rising young investigators. This meeting aims at bringing together researchers of all stages using diverse approaches to study many aspects of RNA regulation in a variety of systems, the main goal being to share novel insights, establish collaborations and facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas among investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

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The Conference Chairs


Cari Vanderpool
University of Illinois


John van der Oost
Wageningen University


Gisela Storz
National Institutes of Health


Gerhart Wagner
Uppsala University


Talk Consideration Deadline: 7th September 2015 Closed………. Poster Submission Deadline: 7th October 2015

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

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, you can either Sign In to your account and add the abstract or Submit Your Abstract directly to us using the links below.

The Venue

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Cancun, Mexico.



5th December 2015 – 8th December 2015

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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Venue Rating*****
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Plenary Speakers


Pascale Cossart
Institut Pasteur
Small RNAS and small ORFs in Listeria


Susan Gottesman
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Hfq gymnastics: alternative modes of sRNA and mRNA utilization of Hfq


Jörg Vogel
Universität Würzburg
The biochemical RNA landscape of a cell revealed by Grad-seq

The EMBO Keynote Lecture

Invited Speakers

Bandyra-CustomKatarzyna Bandyra
University of Cambridge
The extreme elements of riboregulation – from RNA stabilisation to activated degradation
Elf-150x150Johan Elf
Uppsala University
Single molecule investigations of dCas9 kinetics in living cells
fei-150x150Jingyi Fei
University of Illinois
Determination of in vivo regulation kinetics of small non-coding RNA in bacteria
fineran-150x150Peter Fineran
The University of Otago
Spacer acquisition by CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems
Jaeschke-Custom-150x150Andres Jäschke
Universität Heidelberg
Cofactor-linked regulatory RNAs in bacteria
Wolin-150x150Sandra Wolin
Yale University
A new class of bacterial ncRNAs that are tRNA mimics

Lafontaine-150x150Daniel Lafontaine
Université de Sherbrooke
Study of riboswitch regulation mechanisms modulating mRNA levels

li-CustomGene-Wei Li
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Bacterial Operons

NarberhausFranz Narberhaus
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Towards the global RNA structurome of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
quax-CustomTessa Quax
University of Freiburg
Differential translation as a means to fine-tune protein production
Toledo-150x150Alejandro Toledo-Arana
Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
Post-transcriptional regulation mediated by 3’ mRNA regions in bacteria
Wiedenheft-Custom-150x150Blake Wiedenheft
Montana State University
A CRISPR response to viruses that infect bacteria
Winkler-150x150Wade Winkler
University of Maryland
Discovery of RNA elements involved in processive antitermination

Contributing Speakers

Xavier Charpentier
Erik Holmqvist
University of Würzburg
David Lalaouna
Université de Sherbrooke
Taylor Updegrove
Lydia M. Contreras
University of Texas at Austin
Maude Guillier
Sarah Woodson
Johns Hopkins University
Joel Belasco
New York University
Jens Georg
University of Freiburg
Ailong Ke
Cornell University
Daniel Dar
Weizmann Institute of Science
Andrei Korostelev
University of Massachusetts
Ruth Schmitz-Streit
University of Kiel
Chase Beisel
North Carolina State University
Michael Terns
University of Georgia
Kevin Doxzen
University of California, Berkeley
Yan Zhang
Umass Medical School
Nina Molin Hoeyland-Kroghsbo
Princeton University
Elizabeth Fozo
University of Tennessee
Cynthia M. Sharma
University of Würzburg
Karen Wassarman
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Danielle Garsin
University of Texas
Lamya El Mortaji
Institut Pasteur
Rahul Raghavan
Portland State University
Isabelle Caldelari
CNRS-Architecture et Réactivité de l’ARN
Michael Daume
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology Marburg
Stefano Marzi
CNRS – Architecture et Réactivité de l’ARN
Feng Zhang
Broad Institute and MIT

Conference Programme

programme-pic-e1436367393550A copy of the conference programme can be viewed by using the link below.
Please Note: This programme is subject to change. The programme will be updated regularly as information is received and we will always display the most current version here. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Programme

Conference Fees

Prices are shown and payable in US Dollars. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment. Please note we can no longer accept payment by cheque.

Event Pass – No Accommodation

Event Pass

Earlybird Price $670*

Earlybird Price valid until 31st Aug

Standard Price $799

Standard Price valid from 1st Sept

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Event pass fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract book
  • Complimentary Wifi in conference room and public areas
  • Buffet Lunches (including the final day of the meeting)
  • Evening meals on Days 1&2
  • The Farewell Dinner
  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at lunch, dinner and the Poster Session
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster Session & Refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Event pass fees do not include

  • Accommodation at the conference venue.
  • Breakfast

Accommodation reservations for the venue can be made directly by delegates via the Reservations link in the section below. Bookings can be made on a bed & breakfast basis so breakfast would be included as part of your accommodation package.

*Please Note: The Earlybird Rate of $670 is valid for those who register and pay in full by 31st August 2015. After this date, the Event Pass will return to the standard price of $799.

Event Pass – With Shared Accommodation

The extra hotel rooms contracted by Zing have all now been allocated and we cannot accept any further bookings for this option.

As was previously stated here on the website – “There are a limited amount of rooms available at the hotel. Until Zing Conferences receives full payment of your invoice, your room will not be reserved and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.”
If you have already registered for the conference and requested accommodation, but have not paid your invoice in full, we cannot reserve your accommodation and you will have to make alternative arrangements.

Should you wish to reserve a room at the Omni Cancun you may do so by booking directly with the hotel using the link provided below.

*Please Note: The Earlybird Rate for the Sharer option of $899 was valid for those who paid in full by 31st August 2015. After this date, the fee has returned to the standard price of $1050.


If booking your accommodation with Omni Cancun, all meals (except breakfast) are included in your registration, so you may wish to book on a Bed & Breakfast basis. You could also book on an All-Inclusive basis, perhaps to enjoy the Lobby Bar for after dinner drinks and discussion.

Until the end of September, if using this link, please mention you are attending a Zing Conference to receive a special group discount when making your reservation.

To book your accommodation directly with the Omni Cancun please use the following link
Reserve Accommodation at Omni Cancun
Alternative Accommodation
The Omni Cancun is located on the Hotel Boulevard in Cancun. As such, there is a range of hotels located in close proximity which you may prefer to stay at for the conference. We can provide you with a list of alternative hotels by emailing info@zingconferences.com. Search engines or hotel comparison websites will also provide you with a good range of hotels at varying prices.


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