I am a scientists interested in RNAs, cell biology and above all science visualization.

I consult and teach workshops on life science figure design – how to visualize your data best, how to present it in a poster, paper, or public talk. See more on helenajambor.weebly.com


Before, I worked at the Max-Planck in Dresden on the genome-scale analysis of RNA distributions in cells. We found that one fifths of all RNAs do not stay put in one place, but instead go here and there in cells – and this is incredibly important for cell polarity, cell differentiation and also internal organization.

This work was published and is open access. All data can be searched in the Dresden Ovary Table.


During my PhD at the EMBL in Heidelberg, I discovered that RNA dimerization is a novel mechanism for an RNA named oskar to get to its destination in the fly ovary cell. And this step ensures that the fly will have grand-children (about 3 weeks later, in flies all is a bit faster!).

I also discovered a motif in this same oskar RNA for its first movement in cells. The cool thing is, this motif works on any RNA that we tested – whatever RNA we add it to can now localize just like oskar RNA! This means, it is a genuine motif that can be recognized for a general RNA sorting in cells.

All my publications are available at my ORCID account.