Group Members


Robert Mann

Current Graduate Student

BS in Molecular Biosciences, Arizona State University, USA
robert.mann [ at ]
Vanderbilt University - MBRIII 5140 Office Suite

Research Interests:

  • RNA folding
  • Viral RNA structure
  • RNA-protein interactions


Co-mentored by Dr. Manuel Ascano (The Ascano Lab)


Project Description:


Viruses with RNA based genomes often contain structurally defined regions that are engaged in the viral infection cycle. The unpacking of viral RNA genomes to a deployed state is likely a structurally dynamic event that establishes the first intracellular host-pathogen interactions via viral and cellular RNA binding proteins. My research aims to explain and relate the structural changes of viral genomes using chemical biology, high-throughput sequencing, and computational structural methods. The Rosetta software suite will augment current viral RNA structural workflows to generate high-resolution structural models from experimentally derived data. These models will be utilized to guide research efforts characterizing the relationship between viral RNA structure and host-pathogen interactions.

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