PI: Rory Johnson

The aim of our work is to understand the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in human diseases, using a combination of computational and experimental methods.

We are a research group based at the University of Bern, and funded by the Swiss NCCR “RNA & Disease” Project.

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GOLD Lab is moving to Ireland!

Over 2020-21, we will transition to our new home at University College Dublin.

We are so grateful for all the support from our funders and friends in Switzerland for nurturing our research!

Gold Lab in the media

2018                                                     article here

2017                                                     article here

 Latest News

May 3, 2020

Covid-19 couldn't hold back the wonderful HGM2020 meeting! The virtual meeting was a huge success thanks to wonderful organisation by HUGO. Rory presented the lab's latest work on the hunt for cancer driver lncRNAs.

March 7, 2020

Rory was honoured to receive Future Research Leaders grant from Science Foundation Ireland (further information here and here). The grant was formally awarded by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at a recent ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. The funding will...

February 12, 2020

We are excited that the Cancer LncRNA Census (CLC) has been published in Communications Biology (Nature editorial group):  link to CLC publication.

This was one of the GOLD lab contributions to the PanCancer project: link to the collection of publications.

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February 9, 2020

Rory was invited by  Société Française du Cancer to present our work on driver lncRNAs at their annual Journée Louise Harel event. You can watch the presentation again here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX7WLAmyMC4&t=6s

January 5, 2020

As part of his role as Co-Delegate for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Rory helped organise the Bench2Biz "pre-seed workshop", an event designed to help 10 young scientists develop innovative products based on their research. It was a fun and intense two days! See h...

December 17, 2019

Rory just got back from a wonderful experience at the China Nucleic Acids Forum (CNAF) in Guangzhou, China (https://www.cnaf.org.cn/en/) with some fascinating talks on RNA in biology and disease. He presented GOLD Lab's latest work on the search for long noncoding RNA...

November 28, 2019

Hugo, Panos, Carlos and Andres just completed two super days teaching the Bern/Fribourg Bioinformatics MSc students. They were a fun and very motivated group, and every year the class gets bigger!

November 26, 2019

Congratulations to Judith for publishing her MSc thesis work in Bioinformatics (link here). CASPR is the first pipeline capable of identifying hits from both single and paired sgRNA CRISPR pooled screen experiments. CASPR can be downloaded here.

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