Attila Molnar


2013 - Present    Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh

2007 - 2013    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

2003 - 2007    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich

2003    Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Undergraduate teaching

Applied Plant Biology 3 (Course Organiser) The Microbial World 2

Postgraduate teaching

PhD Studentships for 2019 will be announced later this year.

Current research interests

Small non-coding RNA (sRNAs) molecules are key components in many biological processes, including development, stress-response and disease control against molecular parasites such as viruses and transposons. They mediate post-transcriptional gene silencing that involves mRNA cleavage/destabilization or translational inhibition as well as RNA-dependent DNA methylation and histone modifications that can lead to transcriptional gene silencing. My laboratory studies the synthesis and action of sRNAs with particular emphasis on epigenetic modifications driven by sRNA molecules using a combination of biological systems including plants and viruses and the latest high throughput sequencing technologies. We also develop novel genome editing tools and strategies for functional genomics.

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