Areas of Interest
Our group is interested in how genes are expressed via the coordinated regulation of messenger RNAs at the levels of translation, localization, and decay. We study mRNA regulation in the context of human disease and stress, with a particular interest in neurological disorders. Our research aims to reveal the underlying principles and mechanisms governing mRNA in both health and disease to elucidate new therapeutic and diagnostic strategies.
Honors & Awards
- 2019 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator
- 2019 University of Michigan Neuroscience Scholars Program
- 2019 University of Michigan Biological Sciences Scholars Program
- 2016-2018 Anna and John J. Sie Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
- 2014-2019 Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Colorado-Boulder, Post-doctoral Fellow
- 2009-2014 Colorado State University, Ph.D. Pathology
- 2003-2008 Fort Lewis College, B.S. Chemistry and Biology
1. Moon SL, Morisaki T, Khong A, Lyon K, Parker R, Stasevich TJ. Multicolour single-molecule tracking of mRNA interactions with RNP granules. Nat Cell Biol. 2019 Feb;21(2):162-168.
2. Moon SL, Parker R. Analysis of eIF2B bodies and their relationships with stress granules and P-bodies. Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 16;8(1):12264.
3. Moon SL, Sonenberg N, Parker R. Neuronal Regulation of eIF2α Function in Health and Neurological Disorders. Trends Mol Med. 2018 Jun;24(6):575-589.
4. Moon SL, Parker R. EIF2B2 mutations in vanishing white matter disease hypersuppress translation and delay recovery during the integrated stress response. RNA. 2018 Jun;24(6):841-852.
5. Moon SL, Dodd BJ, Brackney DE, Wilusz CJ, Ebel GD, Wilusz J. Flavivirus sfRNA suppresses antiviral RNA interference in cultured cells and mosquitoes and directly interacts with the RNAi machinery. Virology. 2015 Nov;485:322-9.
6. Moon SL, Blackinton JG, Anderson JR, Dozier MK, Dodd BJ, Keene JD, Wilusz CJ, Bradrick SS, Wilusz J. XRN1 stalling in the 5' UTR of Hepatitis C virus and Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus is associated with dysregulated host mRNA stability. PLoS Pathog. 2015 Mar;11(3):e1004708.
7. Gullberg RC, Jordan Steel J, Moon SL, Soltani E, Geiss BJ. Oxidative stress influences positive strand RNA virus genome synthesis and capping. Virology. 2015 Jan 15;475:219-29.
8. Chapman EG, Costantino DA, Rabe JL, Moon SL, Wilusz J, Nix JC, Kieft JS. The structural basis of pathogenic subgenomic flavivirus RNA (sfRNA) production. Science. 2014 Apr 18;344(6181):307-10.
9. Chapman EG, Moon SL, Wilusz J, Kieft JS. RNA structures that resist degradation by Xrn1 produce a pathogenic Dengue virus RNA. Elife. 2014 Apr 1;3:e01892.
10. Moon SL, Wilusz J. Viral RNAs versus the Cellular RNA Decay Machinery. Microbe (Washington, D.C.). 2014 March; 9(3):105-110.
11. Moon SL, Wilusz J. Cytoplasmic viruses: rage against the (cellular RNA decay) machine. PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(12):e1003762.
12. Barnhart MD, Moon SL, Emch AW, Wilusz CJ, Wilusz J. Changes in cellular mRNA stability, splicing, and polyadenylation through HuR protein sequestration by a cytoplasmic RNA virus. Cell Rep. 2013 Nov 27;5(4):909-17.
13. Moon SL, Anderson JR, Kumagai Y, Wilusz CJ, Akira S, Khromykh AA, Wilusz J. A noncoding RNA produced by arthropod-borne flaviviruses inhibits the cellular exoribonuclease XRN1 and alters host mRNA stability. RNA. 2012 Nov;18(11):2029-40.
14. Moon SL, Barnhart MD, Wilusz J. Inhibition and avoidance of mRNA degradation by RNA viruses. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2012 Aug;15(4):500-5.
15. Moon SL, Wilusz J. In vitro transcription of modified RNAs. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;941:171-80.