miRNA research webinar – anywhere, anytime, any device!

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We are all too familiar with the following scenario: we mentally make ambitious plans – “today, I will go for a run”, “tonight, I will take time out and read my favorite book”, “tomorrow, I will finally join the live webinar I was so interested in, which is quite relevant to my research”… Yes, we are all guilty of making plans – plans we actually want to stick to – but then life gets in the way. Appointments get delayed, the traffic is way too heavy, the weather changes unexpectedly. And sometimes, we create our own excuses to avoid feeling guilty in case we can’t stick to a plan we so optimistically made.  We are all guilty of procrastination from time to time.

FOMO, also known as the ‘fear of missing out’ is a widespread social phenomenon. Do you often feel like you’re missing out on interesting stuff – simply because you’ve a busy schedule and can’t fit everything in? Then I have a solution for you – at least as far as attending our webinars is concerned. All four parts of our webinar series ‘miRNA as a biomarker and its role in human disease can be accessed on-demand simply by registering once. This means that you can access the entire webinar series whenever it suits you best – whether it is during your lunch break at the park, after hours on your sofa, during incubation times in the lab or even early morning before you get to work!

Sound good? But hang on, what’s this webinar series all about?

From miRNA fundamentals to hot topics

We all know that microRNAs (miRNAs) are naturally occurring, around 22 nucleotides long, noncoding RNAs that mediate post-transcriptional gene regulation. miRNAs are small but mighty. They serve as regulators of gene expression and play an important role in many biological processes. But how are they transcribed? During our webinars, we will take you on a journey into the world of miRNAs and guide you through the fundamentals of miRNA biogenesis and function.

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Find all parts listed below, register once and get access to the entire webinar series! We will not only focus on the basics, but also discuss how and why miRNA expression signatures can be used as biomarkers for early diagnosis of diseases. There is growing evidence to suggest that miRNAs contribute to a wide range of cellular processes such as cell differentiation, proliferation, growth, mobility and apoptosis, as well as carcinogenesis or cancer progression [1–2]. Addressing the functions of miRNAs not only gives insights into the underlying molecular mechanisms of complex genetic processes, but may also elucidate novel mechanisms that contribute to early stages of tumor development, progression and metastasis. From discussing abnormalities in miRNA activities to the identification of unique miRNA signatures in human cancer, this webinar series will introduce you to new and interesting facts about the miRNA world. If you conduct miRNA research yourself, our liver toxicity miRNA biomarker project and the demonstration on advanced miRNA expression data analysis will be just the right topic for you. During the webinar finale, will focus on miRNA mimics and inhibitors and provide you with an experiment workflow.

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PART 1 Biofluid miRNA profiling: From sample to biomarker
PART 2 Meeting the challenges of miRNA research: miRNA biogenesis, function & analysis
PART 3 Advanced miRNA expression analysis: From experimental design to data analysis
PART 4 Functional analysis of miRNA


Start watching the webinar series at your convenience and at a time that suits you. You can pause and watch it bit by bit, or all at once – the choice is yours!

When is your favorite time of the day for watching webinars? Feel free to comment below!

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  • 1. Winter, J.; Jung, S.; Keller, S.; Gregory, R.I.; Diederichs, S. Many roads to maturity: MicroRNA biogenesis pathways and their regulation. Nat. Cell Biol. 2009, 11, 228–234. (link)
  • 2. Joshi, P.; Middleton, J.; Jeon, Y.J.; Garofalo, M. MicroRNAs in lung cancer. World J. Methodol. 2014, 4, 59–72. (link)



Laura Alina Mohr, M.Sc.

Laura Alina Mohr joined QIAGEN in 2015. She received her Master’s Degree in Chemical Biology at the Technical University Dortmund in Germany. During this time, she was involved in Systemic Cell Biology research at the prestigious Max Planck Institute. Before joining QIAGEN, Laura Alina worked at the Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, where she first focused on DNA damage/repair pathways and telomere biology. Later, she joined the Muscle Development, Aging and Regeneration program at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. At QIAGEN she is interested in gene expression profiling focusing on various biological pathways, e.g. cancer research and neurodegeneration.

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