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Berndt Müller PhD
Institute of Medical Sciences (Room 4:35)
University of Aberdeen Foresterhill
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD Scotland, UK
- School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
1978-1988: Berndt graduated with a Diploma in Natural Sciences (Biology) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He then joined the group of Professor Theodor Koller at the Institute for Cell Biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology for postgraduate studies. The degree of Dr. sc. nat. (PhD) was awarded for work on the DNA recombination protein RecA executed under the supervision of Professor Koller and Dr Andrzej Stasiak, and with Dr Elisabeth Di Capua.
1988-1993: Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Dr Stephen West at the ICRF (now CRUK) Clare Hall Laboratories investigating DNA recombination enzymes.
1993-1999: Junior group leader in the Laboratory for Developmental Biology at the Institute for Cell Biology of Bern University led by Professor Daniel Schümperli, investigating the control of animal histone gene expression brought about by RNA 3' end formation.
since 1999: Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor at the University of Aberdeen leading work on RNA processing. We have developed a strong research program that focuses on understanding the molecular machinery involved in mRNA 5' end formation by spliced leader trans-splicing. Visit The Aberdeen Worm Laboratory site for more information.
- Privatdozent Molecular Cell Biology1999 - University of Bern
- PhD Cell Biology1988 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
- Diploma Natural Sciences1983 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
Member of the Biochemical Society
Member of the Genetics Society
Member of the RNA Society
The lab has a long-standing interest in the control of gene expression at the level of mRNA. This started in 1993, when Berndt joined the University of Bern where he worked with Prof Daniel Schümperli.
Prior to that he did his PhD in the group of Prof Theo Koller at the Institute of Cell Biology of the ETH in Zürich, with Dr Andrzej Stasiak and Dr Elisabeth Di Capua, analysing the interaction of the recombination protein RecA protein with DNA. He then spent 5 years in the lab of Dr Stephen West at ICRF (now Cancer Research UK) studying the Biochemistry of Genetic Recombination.
Subsequently, at Bern University, he identified factors that turn histone pre-mRNAs into mRNA by a unique 3' end formation process. This work was continued at the University of Aberdeen and has led to insight into the molecular function of these factors.
At Aberdeen, he also linked the key translation factor eIF4E to autism, and explored how RNA stability is implicated in the aetiology of neurodevelopmental disorders.
More recently he has focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of spliced leader trans-splicing in gene expression in nematodes. Have a look at https://www.aberdeenwormlab.org/ for latest news.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
The current research focuses on understanding the mechanism of spliced leader trans-splicing in gene expression in nematodes. This is an unusual RNA splicing reaction, dependent on a set of specialised RNAs and proteins. The function of these molecules is being investigated using genome engineering, RNAseq, proteomics and high resolution microscopy combined with biochemistry and molecular biology.
For more information visit The Aberdeen Worm Lab.
Biochemistry Pogramme Coordinator
Course co-ordination of BC3503 (The Molecular Control of Cell Function) and BC4314 (Honours Biochemistry Option 2)
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CMTr mediated 2`-O-ribose methylation status of cap adjacent-nucleotides across animalsRNA , vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 1377-1390Contributions to Journals: Articles
A novel, essential trans-splicing protein connects the nematode SL1 snRNP to the CBC-ARS2 complexNucleic Acids Research, vol. 50, no. 13, pp. 7591-7607Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Bioluminescence Reporter Assay for Retinoic Acid Control of Translation of the GluR1 Subunit of the AMPA Glutamate ReceptorBioluminescence: Methods and Protocols, Volume 1. Kim, S. (ed.). Humana Press, pp. 197-207, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
SLIDR and SLOPPR: flexible identification of spliced leader trans-splicing and prediction of eukaryotic operons from RNA-Seq dataBMC Bioinformatics, vol. 22, 140Contributions to Journals: Articles
Resolution of polycistronic RNA by SL2 trans-splicing is a widely-conserved nematode traitRNA , vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1891-1904Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Bioluminescence Reporter Assay for Retinoic Acid Control of Translation of the GluR1 Subunit of the AMPA Glutamate ReceptorMolecular Neurobiology, vol. 56, no. 10, pp. 7074-7084Contributions to Journals: Articles
A high-throughput screen for the identification of compounds that inhibit nematode gene expression by targeting spliced leader trans-splicingInternational Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance, vol. 10, pp. 28-37Contributions to Journals: Articles
An in vivo genetic screen for genes involved in spliced leader trans-splicing indicates a crucial role for continuous de novo spliced leader RNP assemblyNucleic Acids Research, vol. 45, no. 14, pp. 8474-8483Contributions to Journals: Articles
Modelling Robust Feedback Control Mechanisms That Ensure Reliable Coordination of Histone Gene Expression with DNA ReplicationPloS ONE, vol. 11, no. 10, e0165848Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mutation of genes controlling mRNA metabolism and protein synthesis predisposes to neurodevelopmental disordersBiochemical Society Transactions, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 1259-1265Contributions to Journals: Articles
Full UPF3B function is critical for neuronal differentiation of neural stem cellsMolecular brain, vol. 8, 33Contributions to Journals: Articles
Operons Are a Conserved Feature of Nematode GenomesGenetics, vol. 197, no. 4, pp. 1201-1211Contributions to Journals: Articles
Replication stress-induced alternative mRNA splicing alters properties of the histone RNA-binding protein HBP/SLBP: a key factor in the control of histone gene expressionBioscience Reports, vol. 33, no. 5, e00066Contributions to Journals: Articles
The control of histone gene expressionBiochemical Society Transactions, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 880-885Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
SL2-like spliced leader RNAs in the basal nematode Prionchulus punctatus: new insight into the evolution of nematode SL2 RNAsRNA , vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 1500-1507Contributions to Journals: Articles
The evolution of spliced leader trans-splicing in nematodesBiochemical Society Transactions, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 1125-1130Contributions to Journals: Articles
Deregulation of EIF4E: a novel mechanism for autismJournal of Medical Genetics, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 759-765Contributions to Journals: Articles
Treatment and Diagnosis of Behavioural DisordersPatents: Patents
Post-transcriptional control of animal histone gene expression: not so different after all...Molecular BioSystems, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 721-725Contributions to Journals: Articles
Spliced leader trans-splicing in the nematode Trichinella spiralis uses highly polymorphic, noncanonical spliced leadersRNA , vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 760-770Contributions to Journals: Articles
DNA-activated protein kinase functions in a newly observed S phase checkpoint that links histone mRNA abundance with DNA replicationJournal of Cell Biology, vol. 179, no. 7, pp. 1385-1398Contributions to Journals: Articles
Histone gene expression and histone mRNA 3' end structure in Caenorhabditis elegansBMC Molecular Biology, vol. 8, 51Contributions to Journals: Articles
Are multiple checkpoint mediators involved in a checkpoint linking histone gene expression with DNA replication?Biochemical Society Transactions, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 1369-1371Contributions to Journals: Letters
The stem-loop binding protein stimulates histone translation at an early step in the initiation pathwayRNA , vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1030-1042Contributions to Journals: Articles
The human histone gene expression regulator HBP/SLBP is required for histone and DNA synthesis, cell cycle progression and cell proliferation in mitotic cellsJournal of Cell Science, vol. 117, no. 25, pp. 6043-6051Contributions to Journals: Articles