Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Imperial College Research Fellow







Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus





The Three Prime Untranslated region (3’UTR) is the non-coding region of an mRNA downstream of the termination codon. The 3’UTR region has evolved a crucial role in complex organisms and is critical in determining mRNA fate, including its stability, localisation, translation and degradation. This is mediated by active interactions with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). Parts of 3’UTRs, also known as 3’UTR-associated RNAs (uaRNAs), are expressed in a cell-specific manner that can also be expressed differently from their normally associated mRNA. Diversity and expression specificity of 3′UTRs is most diverse in brain tissues, where many neural mRNAs excise the longest 3’UTRs and therefore their regulation is likely to be most complex and seems to rely more heavily on uaRNAs than other tissues. More importantly, the stable 3'UTR RNA fragments can also down-regulate their own protein levels in neurons and their accumulation can also work as a hallmark of brain aging, reflecting regional differences in metabolism and oxidative stress. I am interested in understanding the functional significance of uaRNAs in aging brains, and their association to neurodegenerative diseases.



Paterson HAB, Yu S, Artigas N, et al., 2022, Liver RBFOX2 regulates cholesterol homeostasis via Scarb1 alternative splicing in mice, Nature Metabolism, Vol:4, ISSN:2522-5812, Pages:1812-1829

Jobbins AM, Haberman N, Artigas N, et al., 2022, Dysregulated RNA polyadenylation contributes to metabolic impairment in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Nucleic Acids Research, Vol:50, ISSN:0305-1048, Pages:3379-3393

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Lopez-Noriega L, Callingham R, Martinez-Sánchez A, et al., 2020, Roles for the long non-coding RNA<i>Pax6os1</i>/<i>PAX6-AS1</i>in pancreatic beta cell identity and function

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