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The second dimension of the genetic code

Öffentlicher Abendvortrag von Professor Dr. Thomas Carell im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe „Life Sciences“ mit dem Schwerpunktthema „Molecules of life”

The origin of life on the early earth must have been proceeded by the emergence of the key molecules that are needed to establish nucleic acid and proteins. In this prebiotic phase of live, chemical processes must have occurred that let to the formation of nucleobases, amino acids and other molecules that a first primitive cells must have needed. With the discovery of exoplanets and based on current spectroscopic advances that allow us to investigate the composition of the atmospheres of exoplanets, the question under which conditions the molecules of life can form, has gained tremendous importance, even beyond origin of life research. In my lecture I will report about new geochemical models of the early earth atmosphere and crust. I will discuss reactions pathways that generate with astonishing ease amino acids and nucleic acids. The result of the study is that the emergence of life is not a rare event, dictated by chance but that it is rather an inevitable event that takes place under a variety of conditions.


Thomas Carells academic career in chemistry began at the Universities of Münster and Heidelberg. In 1993, he obtained his doctorate with Prof. H. A. Staab at the Max-Planck Institute of Medical Research. After postdoctoral training with Prof. J. Rebek at MIT (Cambridge, USA) from 1993 – 1995, Thomas Carell moved to the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) to start independent research. He obtained his habilitation in 1999. In 2000, he accepted a full professor position for Organic Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg (Germany). In 2004, he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich (Germany) where he is heading a research group in chemical biology focused to analyze the chemistry of epigenetic programming in DNA and RNA. Thomas Carell is a member of the German National Academy Leopoldina and of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany and since 2019 member of the supervisory board of BASF SE.


Moderation: Professorin Dr. Sabine Müller


 

Datum:

am Do, 09.12.2021
um 18:00 Uhr


Veranstaltungskategorie:

Vortrag & Wissenschaft


Kontakt:

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald

Martin-Luther-Straße 14
17489  Greifswald


Kontakt:

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald

Martin-Luther-Straße 14
17489  Greifswald

038344205001
info@wiko-greifswald.de


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