Recommended Readings: David Reich, Ph.D. Friday April 27, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, April 27, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

David Reich Ph.D.


Department of Genetics

Harvard Medical School

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Jared Diamond. A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story. (April 20, 2018). The New York Times

Robin McKie. Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours. (April 7, 2018). The Guardian

Turi King. Sex, power and ancient DNA. (March 13, 2018). Nature

Empirical Articles

Loreille, Odile ; Ratnayake, Shashikala ; Bazinet, Adam L.; et al. (2018). Biological Sexing of a 4000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Head to Assess the Potential of Nuclear DNA Recovery from the Most Damaged and Limited Forensic Specimens. GENES. 9 (3): 135

Olalde, Inigo; Brace, Selina; Allentoft, Morten E.; et al. (2018). The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. NATURE. 555 (7695): 190-196

Mathieson, Iain; Alpaslan-Roodenberg, Songul; Posth, Cosimo; et al. (2018). The genomic history of southeastern Europe. NATURE. 555 (7695): 197-203

Hajdinjak, Mateja; Fu, Qiaomei; Huebner, Alexander; et al. (2018). Reconstructing the genetic history of late Neanderthals. NATURE. 555 (7698): 652-656

Lipson, Mark; Skoglund, Pontus; Spriggs, Matthew; et al. (2018). Population Turnover in Remote Oceania Shortly after Initial Settlement. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 28 (7): 1157-+

Palkopoulou, Eleftheria; Lipson, Mark; Mallick, Swapan; et al. (2018). A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants. PNAS. 115 (11): E2566-E2574

Tassi, Francesca; Vai, Stefania; Ghirotto, Silvia; et al. (2017). Genome diversity in the Neolithic Globular Amphorae culture and the spread of Indo-European languages. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 284 (1867

Haak, Wolfgang; Lazaridis, Iosif; Patterson, Nick; et al. (2015). Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe. NATURE. 522 (7555): 207-+

Altshuler, David M.; Durbin, Richard M.; Abecasis, Goncalo R.; et al. (2012). An integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes. NATURE. 491 (7422): 56-65

Review Paper

Pickrell, Joseph K.; Reich, David. (2014). Toward a new history and geography of human genes informed by ancient DNA. TRENDS IN GENETICS.  30 (9): 377-389


David Reich, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past (Pantheon Books, New York, and Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018)

Recommended Readings: Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D. Friday January 5th, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, January 5, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.

Sterling Professor

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Yale University

RNA Triple Helices in Cellular and Viral Biology


Recommended Readings:

Science News

Michael White. Oct 17, 2017. The Women Who Should Win the Nobel Prize—but Haven’t. PacificStandard

Empirical Articles

Brown, Jessica A.; Kinzig, Charles G.; DeGregorio, Suzanne J.; et al. (2016). Methyltransferase-like protein 16 binds the 3 ‘-terminal triple helix of MALAT1 long noncoding RNA. PNAS. 113 (49): 14013-14018

Brown, Jessica A.; Kinzig, Charles G.; Degregorio, Suzanne J.; et al. (2016). Hoogsteen-position pyrimidines promote the stability and function of the MALAT1 RNA triple helix. RNA. 22 (5): 743-749

Brown, Jessica A.; Bulkley, David; Wang, Jimin; et al. (2014). Structural insights into the stabilization of MALAT1 noncoding RNA by a bipartite triple helix. NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 21 (7): 633-640

Guo, Yang Eric; Riley, Kasandra J.; Iwasaki, Akiko; et al. (2014). Alternative Capture of Noncoding RNAs or Protein-Coding Genes by Herpesviruses to Alter Host T Cell Function. MOLECULAR CELL. 54 (1): 67-79

Brown, Jessica A.; Valenstein, Max L.; Yario, Therese A.; et al. (2012). Formation of triple-helical structures by the 3 ‘-end sequences of MALAT1 and MEN beta noncoding RNAs. PNAS. 109 (47): 19202-19207

Borah, Sumit; Darricarrere, Nicole; Darnell, Alicia; et al. (2011). A Viral Nuclear Noncoding RNA Binds Re-localized Poly(A) Binding Protein and Is Required for Late KSHV Gene Expression. PLOS PATHOGENS. 7 (10)

Mitton-Fry, Rachel M.; DeGregorio, Suzanne J.; Wang, Jimin; et al. (2010). Poly(A) Tail Recognition by a Viral RNA Element Through Assembly of a Triple Helix. SCIENCE. 330 (6008): 1244-1247

Review Papers

Tycowski, Kazimierz T.; Guo, Yang Eric; Lee, Nara; et al. (2015). Viral noncoding RNAs: more surprises. GENES & DEVELOPMENT. 29 (6): 567-584

Cech, Thomas R.; Steitz, Joan A. (2014). The Noncoding RNA Revolution-Trashing Old Rules to Forge New Ones. CELL. 157 (1): 77-94

Recommended Readings: Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D. Monday November 20th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, November 20, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D.

Robert and Harriet Heilbrunnand Professor and Head

Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology

The Rockefeller University


Self-organization of Spatial Patterns in Artificial Human Embryos and Organoids

Recommended Readings:


Patrick Monahan.

Empirical Articles

Deglincerti, Alessia; Croft, Gist F.; Pietila, Lauren N.; et al. (2016). Self-organization of the in vitro attached human embryo. NATURE.  533 (7602): 251-+

Etoc, Fred; Metzger, Jakob; Ruzo, Albert; et al. (2016). A Balance between Secreted Inhibitors and Edge Sensing Controls Gastruloid Self-Organization. DEVELOPMENTAL CELL. 39 (3): 302-315  

Haremaki, Tomomi; Deglincerti, Alessia; Brivanlou, Ali H. (2015). Huntingtin is required for ciliogenesis and neurogenesis during early Xenopus development. DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 408 (2): 305-315

Warmflash, Aryeh; Sorre, Benoit; Etoc, Fred; et al. (2014). A method to recapitulate early embryonic spatial patterning in human embryonic stem cells. NATURE METHODS. 11 (8): 847-854

Bedzhov, Ivan; Leung, Chuen Yan; Bialecka, Monika; et al. (2014). In vitro culture of mouse blastocysts beyond the implantation stages. NATURE PROTOCOLS.  9 (12): 2732-2739

Review Paper

Simunovic, Mijo; Brivanlou, Ali H. (2017). Embryoids, organoids and gastruloids: new approaches to understanding embryogenesis.  DEVELOPMENT. 144 (6): 976-985

Clevers, Hans (2016). Modeling Development and Disease with Organoids. CELL. 165 (7): 1586-1597


Recommended Readings: Sten Linnarsson, Ph.D. Friday November 10th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, November 10, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Sten Linnarsson, Ph.D.


Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Karolinska Institute

Unraveling Brain Development using Single-cell Technologies

Recommended Readings:


Ed Yong. Oct 14, 2016. A Google Maps for the Human Body. The Atlantic

Empirical Articles

Cervo, Pia Rivetti di Val; Romanov, Roman A.; Spigolon, Giada; et al. (2017). Induction of functional dopamine neurons from human astrocytes in vitro and mouse astrocytes in a Parkinson’s disease model. NATURE. 35 (5): 444-+

La Manno, Gioele; Gyllborg, Daniel; Codeluppi, Simone; et al. (2016). Molecular Diversity of Midbrain Development in Mouse, Human, and Stem Cells. CELL. 167 (2): 566-+  

Marques, Sueli; Zeisel, Amit; Codeluppi, Simone; et al. (2016). Oligodendrocyte heterogeneity in the mouse juvenile and adult central nervous system. SCIENCE. 352 (6291): 1326-1329

Zeisel, Amit; Munoz-Manchado, Ana B.; Codeluppi, Simone; et al. (2015). Cell types in the mouse cortex and hippocampus revealed by single-cell RNA-seq. SCIENCE. 347 (6226): 1138-1142

Islam, Saiful; Zeisel, Amit; Joost, Simon; et al. (2014). Quantitative single-cell RNA-seq with unique molecular identifiers.  NATURE METHODS. 11 (2): 163-+

Review Paper

Shapiro, Ehud; Biezuner, Tamir; Linnarsson, Sten (2013). Single-cell sequencing-based technologies will revolutionize whole-organism science.  NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS. 14 (9): 618-630




Recommended Readings: Thomas Tuschl, Ph.D., Monday October 30th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, October 30, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Thomas Tuschl, Ph.D.

Professor and Head

Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology

The Rockefeller University

Molecular and Textual RNA Quality Control

Recommended Readings:

Garzia, Aitor; Jafarnejad, Seyed Mehdi; Meyer, Cindy; et al. (2017). The E3 ubiquitin ligase and RNA-binding protein ZNF598 orchestrates ribosome quality control of premature polyadenylated mRNAs.  NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. Article Number:16056

Juszkiewicz, Szymon; Hegde, Ramanujan S. (2017). Initiation of Quality Control during Poly(A) Translation Requires Site-Specific Ribosome Ubiquitination. MOLECULAR CELL.  65 (4): 743-+

Garzia, Aitor; Meyer, Cindy; Morozov, Pavel; et al. (2017). Optimization of PAR-CLIP for transcriptome-wide identification of binding sites of RNAbinding proteins. METHODS. 118: 24-40

Sundaramoorthy, Elayanambi; Leonard, Marilyn; Mak, Raymond; et al. (2017). ZNF598 and RACK1 Regulate Mammalian Ribosome-Associated Quality Control Function by Mediating Regulatory 40S Ribosomal Ubiquitylation. MOLECULAR CELL. 65 (4 ): 751-+

Gerstberger, Stefanie; Hafner, Markus; Tuschl, Thomas (2014). A census of human RNA-binding proteins. NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS. 15 (12): 829-845

Zhao, Shanrong; Prenger, Kurt; Smith, Lance; et al. (2013). Rainbow: a tool for large-scale whole-genome sequencing data analysis using cloud computing. BMC GENOMICS. 14

Hafner, Markus; Landthaler, Markus; Burger, Lukas; et al. (2010). Transcriptome-wide Identification of RNA-Binding Protein and MicroRNA Target Sites by PAR-CLIP. CELL. 41 (1): 129-141

Recommended Readings: Tom Maniatis, Ph.D., Friday October 6th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, October 06, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Tom Maniatis, Ph.D.

Isidore S. Edelman Professor and Chair

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Columbia University Medical Center

The Generation and Function of Protocadherin Cell Surface Diversity in Mammalian Neural Circuit Assembly

Recommended Readings:

Technology Networks Wrong Wiring Causes Depression. Apr 28, 2017

Rubinstein, Rotem; Goodman, Kerry Marie; Maniatis, Tom; et al. (2017). Structural origins of clustered protocadherin-mediated neuronal barcoding. SEMINARS IN CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 69 (SI): 140-150. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Chen, Weisheng V.; Nwakeze, Chiamaka L.; Denny, Christine A.; et al. (2017). Pcdh alpha c2 is required for axonal tiling and assembly of serotonergic circuitries in mice. SCIENCE. 356 (6336): 406-410

Mountoufaris, George; Chen, Weisheng V.; Hirabayashi, Yusuke; et al. (2017). Multicluster Pcdh diversity is required for mouse olfactory neural circuit assembly. SCIENCE. 356 (6336): 411-413  

Goodman, Kerry Marie; Rubinstein, Rotem; Thu, Chan Aye; et al. (2016). gamma-Protocadherin structural diversity and functional implications. ELIFE. 5: e20930  

Chen, Weisheng V.; Maniatis, Tom (2013). Clustered protocadherins. DEVELOPMENT. 140 (16): 3297-3302

Lefebvre, Julie L.; Kostadinov, Dimitar; Chen, Weisheng V.; et al. (2012). Protocadherins mediate dendritic self-avoidance in the mammalian nervous system. NATURE. 488 (7412): 517-+

Recommended Readings: Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D., Friday April 24, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, April 28, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D.

Professor of Genetics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Harvard University

Distinguished Investigator

Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Recommended Readings:

Li, Li; Prywes, Noam; Tam, Chun Pong; et al. (2017). Enhanced Nonenzymatic RNA Copying with 2-Aminoimidazole Activated Nucleotides. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 139(5): 1810-1813

Prywes, Noam; Blain, J. Craig; Del Frate, Francesca; et al. (2016). Nonenzymatic copying of RNA templates containing all four letters is catalyzed by activated oligonucleotides. ELIFE.  Article Number: e17756


Adamala, Katarzyna; Szostak, Jack W. (2013). Nonenzymatic Template-Directed RNA Synthesis Inside Model Protocells. SCIENCE. 342(6162): 1098-1100

Jack W Szostak. (2012). The eightfold path to non-enzymatic RNA replication. Journal of systems chemistry. 3(2) DOI: 10.1186/1759-2208-3-2

Wochner, Aniela; Attwater, James; Coulson, Alan; et al. (2011). Ribozyme-Catalyzed Transcription of an Active Ribozyme. SCIENCE. 332(6026): 209-212