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Section Board for 'Origin of Life' (22)

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Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Bada
Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0212, USA
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Interests: primitive Earth; prebiotic amino acids; cosmogeochemistry; origin of life chemistry; homochirality
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Life: Conditions on the Early Earth >3.5Gy: Limitations for the Sources/Stability of Prebiotic Compounds and the Prebiotic/Biotic Transition
Prof. Dr. Stephen P. Fletcher
Chemistry Research Laboratory, Mansfield Road, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3TA UK
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Interests: homochirality; physical autocatalysis; self-reproducing supramolecular aggregates; out of equilibrium; stereochemistry
Dr. Luke J Leman
The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Interests: peptide; amino acid; peptidomimetic; microbiome; atherosclerosis; condensation
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Muller
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Tel. 858-534-6823
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Interests: origin of Life; In vitro evolution; catalytic RNAs/ribozymes
Prof. Dr. Addy Pross
Department of Chemistry, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
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Interests: chemical reactivity; origin of life; abiogenesis; evolution
Prof. Dr. Loren Williams
Center for the Origins of Life, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech, 901 Atlantic Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Interests: Ribosome; RNA; Evolution; Iron; Origin of Life
Prof. Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein
Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823 USA
Tel. 517-336-8444
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Interests: prebiotic chemical ecology; origins of life; origins of genetic code; origins of homochirality; molecular complementarity; origins of cellular transporters and receptors; STEM education; scientific creativity
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Origin of Life 2011
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Structure, Function and Evolution of the Ribosome
Prof. Dr. Juli Peretó
Institute for Integrative Systems Biology I2SysBio, University of Valencia-CSIC, Spain
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Interests: origin and early evolution of life; the evolution of metabolism; the symbiogenetic evolution of metabolic pathways; the stoichiometric analysis of metabolic networks; the microbial bioprospection of natural environments; and the history of ideas on the natural origin and the artificial synthesis of life
Dr. Sohan Jheeta
NoR HGT & LUCA*, 1 Scott Hall Crescent, Leeds, LS7 3RB, UK
Tel. +0044-1132628767
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Interests: origin of life; RNA world; panspermia,; hydrothermal vent; horizontal gene transfer; tree of life; phylogenetics; extraterrestrial life; astrochemistry
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Life: Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor
Special Issue in Life: The Landscape of the Emergence of Life
Special Issue in Sci: Molecules to Microbes
Prof. Dr. George E. Fox
Department of Biology and Biochemstry, University of Houston, 369 Science & research Bldg. 2, Houston, TX 77204-5001, USA
Tel. 713-743-8363
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Interests: ribosome evolution; RNA sequence space; RNA structure; Archaea
Prof. Dr. Paul Higgs
Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Interests: origin of life; RNA structure and evolution; RNA world; mathematical and computational models; phylogenetic methods; molecular evolution; population genetics; biophysics
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Life: The RNA World and the Origin of Life
Prof. Dr. Vic Norris
Theoretical Biology Unit, EA 4312, University of Rouen, Mont Saint Aignan, 76821 France
Tel. 0033235522975
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Interests: integrative approaches to the bacterial cell cycle, origins of life; biotechnology; systems biology
Dr. Grégoire Danger
Aix-Marseille Université, PIIM UMR-CNRS 7345, F-13397 Marseille, France
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Interests: analytical chemistry; chemical reactivity; astrochemistry; astrobiology; prebiotic chemistry
Dr. Robert W. Góra
Department of Physical and Quantum Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, PL-50370 Wrocław, Poland
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Interests: ab initio quantum chemistry; density functional theory; computational chemistry; photochemistry; photophysics; prebiotic chemistry; origins of Life; nonadiabatic effects; excitation energy transfer (EET); internal conversion; intersystem crossing; linear and nonlinear electrooptic properties; intermolecular interactions; continuous and discrete solvation models
Dr. Yoko Kebukawa
Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan
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Interests: organic geochemistry; cosmochemistry; analytical chemistry
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Special Issue in Life: Space Experiments for Astrobiology
Prof. Dr. Dimas A. M. Zaia
LQP-Prebiotic Chemistry Laboratory, Chemistry Department-CCE, Londrina State University, Brazil
Tel. +55 43 3371-4366
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Interests: prebiotic chemistry; minerals; adsorption; biomolecules
Dr. Sudha Rajamani
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Maharashtra 411008, India
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Interests: origins and early evolution of life; self-assembly; primitive informational polymers; RNA; nonenzymatic replication
Dr. Matthew W. Powner
Department of Chemistry, University College London, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ, UK
Tel. +44 (0)20 7679 4542
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Interests: organic chemistry; RNA; peptides; systems chemistry; prebiotic chemistry; crystallisation; photochemistry
Prof. Dr. Jeremy S. Kua
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Tel. +1 (619) 260-7970
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Interests: prebiotic chemistry; computational chemistry; self-assembly
Prof. Dr. Henderson James Cleaves
1. Director, ELSI Origins Network (EON), Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8550, JAPAN
2. Associate Professor, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8550, JAPAN
3. Long-Term Member, Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; organic geochemistry; molecular evolution; analytical chemistry; astrobiology; astrochemistry
Dr. Paul Clarke
Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; carbohydrate genesis; homochirality; minimal cell
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Topical Collection in Life: What's on Board in the Journal Life
Prof. Dr. Mark A. Smith
Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77205-5003, USA
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Interests: abiotic organic chemistry; aerosols; atmospheres; interstellar chemistry; instrumentation; physical chemistry
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