Retirement Symposium

This symposium was held on 8 November 2019 to mark the retirment of Professor Jean Beggs

Venue: Pollock Halls, South Hall, University of Edinburgh




Session 1 - Chair: Peter Rigby (Institute of Cancer Research, London)

Steve Jackson (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK)

“DNA repair: mechanistic insights and clinical applications”

David Lane (A*STAR Singapore)

"40 years of p53"

David Glover (University of Cambridge, UK)

“An obsession with centrosomes”


Session 2 - Chair: Chris Smith (University of Cambridge)

Martin Reijns (IGMM, Edinburgh)           

"When RNA meets DNA... not always a good thing"

David Tollervey (WCCB, University of Edinburgh, UK)

“Degrading activities (with the Beggs lab)”


Session 3 - Chair: Ian Eperon (University of Leicester)

Joan Steitz (HHMI, Yale School of Medicine, USA)

"The Enigma of Viral Noncoding RNAs."

Joanna Kufel (University of Warsaw, Poland)

"LSM proteins, a different tale."

Reinhard Luhrmann (MPI, Gottingen, Germany)

"Structural insights into the assembly and function of the human spliceosome"


Session 4 - Chair: Nancy Standart (University of Cambridge)

Karla Neugebauer (Yale School of Medicine, USA)

“Nascent RNA and coordination between transcription and splicing in vivo”.

Isabella Maudlin (University of Oxford, UK)

"Links between splicing, transcription and chromatin in S. cerevisiae

Jean Beggs (WCCB, University of Edinburgh, UK)

“A love affair with yeast (and RNA)”

Emanuela Sani (WCCB, University of Edinburgh, UK)

“Shaping 40 years of RNA biology: a Scottish tale.