Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH)

The center aims at developing technologies, computational methods as well as experimental approaches for analysis of the mammalian genome for non-coding RNAs in relation to (inflammatory) diseases. The center will focus on developing these technologies to exploit them and the findings in relation to diabetes. The center consists of a number of national and international partners, with the core located at the Faculty for Health and Medical Sciences of University of Copenhagen.

The people in the center cover a range of expertises including computational biology, RNA bioinformatics, molecular models in diabetes, RNA biology, animal models, functional genomics and high-throughput sequence analysis.

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Postdoc position in Bioinformatic and transcriptomic analysis and detection of non-coding RNA in bacteria

A two-year Postdoc position in Bioinformatic and transcriptomic analysis and detection of non-coding RNA in bacteria is available from 1 Nov, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter in the bioinformatics group (, University of Copenhagen.  Application deadline is: Oct 7, 2018

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Conserved RNA structure in the dark matter

2017-05-14: RTH researchers discover ~500,000 conserved RNA structures (CRSs) in the dark matter of the genome by using an RNA structural alignment strategy of the vertebrate genomes. The discovered CRSs locate near known genes, regulatory regions and protein binding sites. Expression studies, especially a CRS targeting CaptureSeq experiment in human fetal brain, were employed to characterize the CRSs further. Read more in the paper here.

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We are currently planning more seminars, stay tuned

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Recent resources


Data Resource

Predicting clusters of miRNA targets


Data Resource

Tissue expression database integrating multiple sources of evidence for human, mouse, rat and pig

Structured RNAs in the vertebrate genome

Data Resource and Supplement

Conserved RNA structures in vertebrate genomes


Research outset

The human genome, made up of DNA, consists of three billion building blocks (nucleotides) where some regions (stretches) are complete genes. We all carry variants of the genes and some cause diseases. Here, the goal is to investigate the specific class of genes, the non-coding RNA genes, in relation to diabetes. The non-coding RNA (ncRNA) genes can be the missing components in diseases that previously have been overlooked.

Our research goal is to develop technologies for ncRNA analysis and to search for functional ncRNAs in relation to diabetes and other (inflammatory) diseases.

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Recent publications

Genome-wide identification of clusters of predicted microRNA binding sites as microRNA sponge candidates
Pan X, Wenzel A, Jensen LJ, Gorodkin J PLoS One. 2018 Aug 24;13(8):e0202369. eCollection 2018
[ PubMed | Paper | Dataresource ]

IFN-λ and microRNAs are important modulators of the pulmonary innate immune response against influenza A (H1N2) infection in pigs
Brogaard L, Larsen LE, Heegaard PM H, Anthon C, Gorodkin J, Dürrwald R, et al. PLoS One. 2018 Apr 20;13(4):e0194765. eCollection 2018
[ PubMed | Paper ]