SPLS Tuesday Seminar - Thinking beyond dsRNA for highly-tailored RNAi biocontrol technology

Alex Flint, Associate Professor
The University of Southern Mississippi
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 4:00pm
Marley 230 & Live on Zoom https://arizona.zoom.us/j/88614287572 Password: spls2023

Speaker Bio
Alex Flynt is an Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology with research interests in the biology of small non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNA), small-interfering RNAs (siRNAs), and piwi-associated RNAs (piRNAs). A major goal is to identify unique aspects of their biogenesis and roles in development and genome evolution. These insights offer opportunities for establishing new technologies.
The subject of the talk will be using such opportunities to use new approaches for pest biocontrol technologies. Recently, there has been a rush to commercialize siRNA-based biopesticides that come in the form of dsRNA, however, from these efforts it has become clear that not animals respond. To address this, the Flynt group and collaborators have used piRNA-based technology. Results show effectiveness in silencing target gene expression while also affording greater flexibility in formulation of molecules. The Flynt group also offers the community computational tools for characterization of small RNA, which will also be highlighted in the seminar.
Join us at 3:30 in the Marley lobby for refreshments.
The presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Marley 230.
A live broadcast is available via Zoom:
https://arizona.zoom.us/j/88614287572  Password: spls2023