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Conference speaker

Attila Molnar


Attila Molnar

University of Edinburgh, UK

Attila Molnar identified microRNAs (miRNAs) - which are RNA-based molecular switches - in algae for the first time, and subsequently developed artificial miRNA (amiRNA) technology for gene function analysis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

The Molnar lab has recently turned its interest to the emerging technology of CRISPR genome-editing, which can be used to generate sequence-specific mutations at any gene of interest. Currently, the lab is studying underpinning DNA repair mechanisms, and developing novel gene editing technologies for functional biology studies and industrial biotechnology applications.