IAP 2018: Origin of Life Seminar Series

12.091/ 12.S593 | Instructor: Greg Fournier

A series of hosted lectures from leaders in the Origin of Life community, focusing on various dimensions of one of the most challenging problems in the biological and planetary sciences.  Topics will include the origin of cells, metabolism, replication and proteins, as well as the geochemical conditions on the Early Earth that led to prebiotic and early biotic systems.  Enrolled students will attend 4-5 seminars during IAP, actively engage in Q & A sessions with invited speakers in a panel format, and collaborate on creating an Origins of Life online blog resource highlighting the work of invited speakers.


JANUARY 10 | ROOM 54-915 | 4PM
RNA and Protein: Molecules in Mutualism
Loren Williams | Georgia Institute of Technology
JANUARY 11 | ROOM 54-915 | 4PM
The RNA World: Emergence and Evolution of Functional RNA
Irene A. Chen | University of California, Santa Barbara
JANUARY 29 | ROOM 54-915 | 4PM
What is “I”: The Role of Compartmentalization in the Origins of Life
Anna Wang | Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
FEBRUARY 2 | ROOM E25-605 | 4PM
The Planetary Battery for the Origins of Life: The Example of Mars
Vlada Stamenkovic | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CalTech