The mission of the Center for RNA Biology (CRB) is to develop and foster research activities in the broad area of RNA biology. Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD, Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Professor of Medicine, directs the Center. Michael Been, PhD, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry co-directs the Center.
The CRB brings together laboratories focused on RNA biology including the study of RNA binding proteins, RNA-based therapies, post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, non-coding RNAs and RNA interference (RNAi), ribozyme function, and RNA viruses. The CRB laboratories are located at Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, and additionally, the CRB coordinates regular activities with RNA colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.