Extracellular RNA Online Course

Coordinator: Roger P. Alexander

Developed by the ERCC Scientific Outreach Working Group, this course aims to provide basic knowledge about exRNA, including the history of research in the field, a survey of classes of exRNA, their molecular carriers, and their distribution in biofluids, techniques for purification and characterization of exRNA, and applications in diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Basics of Extracellular Vesicles

Instructor: Cecilia Lasser

Presented by Coursera and the UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education, this course aims to provide basic knowledge about extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, microvesicles, microparticles, ectosomes, oncosomes, prostasomes, and many others. It covers areas such as EV history, nomenclature, biogenesis, and EV cargo, as well as release and uptake mechanisms, collection and processing prior to isolation, isolation methods, and characterization and quantification techniques.

Extracellular Vesicles in Health and Disease

Instructor: Carolina Soekmadji

Presented by Coursera and the UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education, this course aims to provide current understanding about extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their role in health and disease. EVs are known to be involved in cell-to-cell communication. Apart from maintaining normal cell physiology, EVs deliver messages that can drive or influence the progression of a disease. This course discusses recent advances in understanding their function in both these areas.

Characterization of Extracellular Carriers by Fluorescent Nucleic Acid Probes

Coordinators: Ionita Ghiran, Eduardo Reategui & Roger P. Alexander

The Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium (ERCC) will host a free online workshop May 11–12, 2023 on analysis of nucleic acids using dedicated molecular probes. The workshop will benefit experimentalists interested in imaging, detecting, and quantifying RNA in cells and biofluids, as well as data scientist who would like to understand the field better. Any scientist who would like to begin working with molecular probes or is interested in their outstanding potential is encouraged to participate.

ERCC19 Conference


ERCC19 was the final public conference of the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium, held in the Washington, DC area in May 2023.

April 2021 exRNA Data Analysis Workshop

April 2021 exRNA Data Analysis Workshop

Coordinator: Roger P. Alexander

In April 2021, the ERCC hosted a free online workshop on exRNA data analysis. There were three target audiences: experimentalists generating exRNA-seq data, computational and data scientists who have worked with those groups to analyze their data, and other interested data scientists. Our goal was to foster an open dialog about best practices and open problems in exRNA data analysis, focusing mainly on small exRNA sequencing data.

ERCC2 Youtube Channel
@exRNA on Twitter

The ERCC webinar series provides researchers studying extracellular RNA and extracellular vesicles the opportunity to present their latest work to a diverse audience. Webinars occur on the first Thursday of each month (except August), usually at 10 am Pacific / 12 noon Central / 1 pm Eastern time, but see the schedule.

WebEVTalk Youtube Channel
@WebEVTalk on Twitter
WebEVTalk has two meetings per week:
  • for Europe / Asia: Thursday at 7am GMT / 6pm Australian Eastern time (AET)
  • for the United States / Asia: Monday at 6pm EDT (GMT-4)

Johns Hopkins Extracellular Vesicle Club

Extracellular Vesicle Journal Club Youtube Channel
@LabWitwer on Twitter

The Johns Hopkins Extracellular Vesicle Club meets once per week to discuss a paper of interest in the EV field. Meeting time is usually 12pm EDT on Wednesday, but see the schedule. To sign up for their mailing list and receive Zoom invitations, visit

Extracellular Vesicle Flow Series

EV Flow series Slack workspace
@EVFlowCytometry on Twitter

The EV Flow Cytometry working group has organized a seminar series as well as a Slack workspace where people can work online together. For more details, see the working group's website at