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Origins of Life (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Understanding Life's Origin by Diving Outside of the Pool

Dates

January 16-17, 2016

Location

Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX

Organizers

Chair:
Omer Markovitch

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Origins of Life is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

In 2016 we will focus on the question: what would it take for the emerging generation of researchers to go from a collage of individual achievements to a real breakthrough in understanding life's origins - presently one of the greatest mysteries of science? This graduate seminar will bring together students and early-careers from diverse backgrounds in order to promote discussions and collaborations in the interdisciplinary connections that can catalyze such thinking.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Origins of Life" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Saturday
2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmWhat Is "X" for Origins of Life?
Discussion Leader: Omer Markovitch (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmRebecca Turk-MacLeod (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
"Chemistry and Biology in the Origin of Life (X=Chemistry)"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:25 pmNobuto Takeuchi (University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Evolution as the Means and End for the Origin of Life (X=Biology)"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWhat Is "X" for Origins of Life? (continued)
Discussion Leader: Matilda Newton (University of Minnesota, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmTyler Robinson (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
"Astronomy and Life's Origins: From Specks to Special (X=Astronomy)"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:15 pmBarry Herschy (University College London, United Kingdom)
"Geologic Evidence on the Origin of Life (X=Geology)"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:25 pmGeneral Discussion
Synthesis
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmAaron McKee (Center for Chemical Evolution, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Mineral Interactions with Ester-Mediated Amide Bond Forming Systems – Towards Prebiotic Polypeptides"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmRebecca Rapf (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Sunlight-Driven, Water-Mediated Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Model Amphiphiles Under Prebiotic Conditions"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmJay Forsythe (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Resolving the Complexity of the Prebiotic Proto-Peptidome"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Sunday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amHomeostasis and Heredity
Discussion Leaders: Agata Chotera (Ben-Gurion University, Israel) and Claudia Alvarez-Carreño (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amNicholas Guttenberg (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
"Reservoir Mechanism for Chemical Heredity"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amAaron Engelhart (Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Homeostatic Control of Ribozyme Activity Within Growing Model Protocells"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:50 amGeneral Discussion
Laws and Principles
9:50 am - 9:55 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:55 am - 10:10 amKim Hyunju (Arizona State University, USA)
"New Scaling Relation for Information Transfer in Biological Networks"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amMilena Popovic (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science / NASA, USA)
"Molecular Crowding and Evolution of Ligase Ribozymes"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:50 amSimon Lanzmich (Systems Biophysics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
"Length Selection and Replication in a Thermal Flow Chamber"
10:50 am - 10:55 amDiscussion
10:55 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmAstrobiology
Discussion Leader: Bruce Damer (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
1:35 pm - 1:50 pmAditya Chopra (Australian National University, Australia)
"The Biology of Habitability"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:10 pmHeather Kaluna (Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, USA)
"The Production of Organics via Space Weathering of Aqueously Altered Minerals"
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmDiscussion
2:15 pm - 2:20 pmGeneral Discussion
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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