NAI EPO Seminar on the Origin of Life

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NAI EPO Seminar on the Origin of Life

Time: October 16, 2012 from 1pm to 2pm
Event Type: virtual, seminar
Organized By: NASA Astrobiology Institute
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2012

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Event Description

Loren Williams from the NAI's Georgia Tech team will present a seminar to the SMD E/PO community on the topic of the Origins of Life....please join us!

Topic: The Origins of Life
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Description: A key to understanding ourselves comes from studying the origins of life on Earth. One way to approach origins is look to our own biochemistry. Biology records its own history in molecules, reactions, and sequences. We can peel back the molecular layers and ask what was happening during the crucial period in Earth's history when life arose. What strategies were being used by early life to survive...and why?

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Loren Williams holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Duke University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Duke, Harvard, and MIT, he joined the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in 1992. Dr. Williams is currently the Director of a NASA Astrobiology Institute-funded center focusing on the transition from nucleic acid-based life to protein-based life, and the role of the ribosome in particular. The research of the Center focuses on chemically rewinding the "tape of life" to a time prior to the last universal common ancestor of all living organisms.

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