Dr. Eriks Rozners
Associate Professor, Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
- Degree in Chemical Engineering (equivalent of B.S.) with
honors, Riga Technical University, Latvia, 1990
- Doctor of Chemistry (equivalent of Ph.D.) in Organic Chemistry,
Riga Technical University, Latvia, 1993
- Science 2 Bldg - Room 315
- Web page:
- The RNA Institute
Our research interests are in the chemistry and biochemistry of nucleic acids with a focus on elucidation of RNA’s structure and function. The research philosophy is to use organic chemistry as the enabling discipline to create unique model systems and tools for fundamental studies and practical applications in nucleic acid biochemistry, biophysics and biomedicine. The current projects include design, synthesis, and biophysical exploration of RNA analogs having non-phosphorous internucleoside linkages and development of novel RNA binders for biomedical applications.
Recent Selected Publications:
Mutisya, D.; Selvam, C.; Lunstad, B. D.; Pallan, P. S.; Haas, A.; Leake, D.; Egli, M.; Rozners, E. Amides Are Excellent Mimics of Phosphate Internucleoside Linkages and Are Well Tolerated in Short Interfering RNAs. Nucleic Acid Res. 2014, 42, 6542–6551.
Muse, O.; Zengeya, T.; Mwaura, J.; Hnedzko, D.; McGee, D. W.; Grewer, C. T.; Rozners, E., Sequence Selective Recognition of Double-Stranded RNA at Physiologically Relevant Conditions Using PNA-Peptide Conjugates. ACS Chem. Biol. 2013, 8, 1683-1686.
Zengeya, T.; Gupta, P.; Rozners, E. Triple Helical Recognition of RNA Using 2-Aminopyridine-Modified PNA at Physiologically Relevant Conditions. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 12593-12596.
Selvam, C.; Thomas, S.; Abbott, J.; Kennedy, S. D.; Rozners, E. Amides Are Excellent Mimics of Phosphate Linkages in RNA. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2068-2070.
Li, M.; Zengeya, T.; Rozners, E. Short Peptide Nucleic Acids Bind Strongly to Homopurine Tract of Double Helical RNA at pH 5.5. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8676-8681
Kolarovic, A.; Schweizer, E.; Greene, E.; Gironda, M.; Pallan, P. S.; Egli, M.; Rozners, E. Interplay of Structure, Hydration and Thermal Stability in Formacetal Modified Oligonucleotides: RNA May Tolerate Nonionic Modifications Better than DNA. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 14932-14937.