The mission of the Center for RNA Biology (CRB) is to develop and foster research activities in the broad area of RNA biology. Hashim M. Al-Hashimi, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, directs the Center. Stacy M. Horner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Medicine, co-directs the Center.

The Center for RNA Biology 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 Center laboratories are located at Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science In addition, the Center coordinates activities with RNA colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.