Seminar | September 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location
Prof. Nicholas V. Hud, Georgia Institute of Technology, Chem & Biochem
The prebiotic synthesis of RNA remains a critical and unsolved problem for origins of life research.
We are investigating the hypothesis that RNA evolved from an ancestral polymer (or proto-RNA) with molecular building blocks that had a strong propensity for self-assembly.
We are also exploring the hypothesis that oscillating environments facilitated RNA replication, before the emergence of polymerase enzymes.
Experimental results are providing support for these hypotheses as well as new insights into what is required for efficient self-assembly in water and how non-aqueous solvents can be used to facilitate DNA nanotechnology.