Focusing on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate mRNA translation, localization and stability and role of non-coding RNAs in this process. Up to 90% of human DNA is estimated to be transcribed into so called non-coding RNAs that are not translated into proteins. Many of them act as potent modifiers of gene expression. miRNAs are a class of such short non-coding RNAs. They regulate expression of more than a half of eukaryotic genes, thus, affecting multiple biological processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and senescence. Not surprisingly, miRNAs are involved in many human pathologies, including cancer and neurological disorders and hold great potential as drug targets, disease markers, as well as therapeutic agents.
Our lab is located at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), a part of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC).

PI Marina Chekulaeva