Jack W. Szostak
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Alex. A. Rich Distinguished Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
University Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago


  Harry Aitken - Postdoc
Ph.D., School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland

Research: Synthetic and medicinal chemistry, and the origins of life

  Ben Colville - Postdoc
Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University College London

Research: The origins of protocellular systems, alternate genetic polymers and prebiotic chemistry

  Saurja DasGupta - Postdoc
Ph.D., Department of Chemistry,
University of Chicago

Research: Evolution of catalytic function in RNA

  Dian Ding - Graduate student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology program
B.S., Chemistry, Emory University
B.S., Engineering Science, Emory University

Research: Non-enzymatic RNA replication

  Daniel Duzdevich - Postdoc
Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics,
Columbia University

Research: RNA as a model of pre-cellular genetic information, and prebiotically plausible protocell behavior

  Ziyuan Fang - Postdoc
Ph.D., Department Department of Chemistry, Georgia State University

Research: Non-enzymatic RNA replication mechanism

  Xiwen Jia - Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology program
B.S., Chemistry, Haverford College

Research: Non-templated RNA polymerization, Origin of life

  Victor Lelyveld - Postdoc
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research: Polymerase mechanisms and alternative genetic polymers

  Collin Nisler - Postdoc
Ph.D., Biophysics, The Ohio State University

Research: Model protocell membrane dynamics, stability, and permeability; ribozyme structure, dynamics, and evolution

  Fanny Ng - HHMI Lab Manager
  Aleksandar Radakovic - Graduate Student, Biological and Biomedical Science program
B.S., Biochemistry, The College of St. Scholastica
B.A., Biology, The College of St. Scholastica

Research: Role of peptides in the origin of life and non-enzymatic RNA replication

  Kyle Strom - Postdoc
Ph.D., Boston University

Research: Origin of Life

  Marco Todisco - Postdoc
Ph.D., Department of Biosciences, University of Milan

Research: Biomolecular interactions, Origin of Life

  Longfei Wu - Postdoc
PhD, Bio-organic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

Research: Chemistry and mechanism bridging the prebiotic building blocks to functional polymers in the origin of life

  Yanfeng Xing - Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics program
B.S., Biology, Tsinghua University

Research: Origin of Life, Bioengineering

  Stephanie Zhang - Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology program
B.S., Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Research: Non-enzymatic RNA replication and model protocell

  Lijun Zhou - Postdoc
Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Research: Origin of life


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CCIB 7215
Simches Research Center
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

FAX: 617-643-3328
Lab Manager Phone: 617-726-5102


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