Congratulations Petar!

The COOL Center congratulates Mr. Petar Penev of the Williams lab with a successful oral defense of his PhD thesis entitled: "Ribosomal Evolution at the Intersection of Sequence and Structure"!  Petar has been at GT for the last 5 years and performed a variety of studies on  phylogeny, evolution and visualization of the translational machinery.  We wish Petar  a successful and productive post

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Dr. Yuhong Wang as Guest Speaker at COOL Meeting

On Tuesday March 9, 2021, Dr. Yuhong Wang will be a guest speaker at the COOL meeting. She is a biophysicist and associate professor in the department of biology and biochemistry at the University of Houston. Her research lab is applying single molecule fluorescence microscopy to study the ribosome translation

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Perseverance Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

The Perseverance Rover launched in the summer of 2020 and landed on Jezero Crater, Mars on February 18, 2021. Video of the rover's descent and touchdown can be viewed here. Perseverance has several scientific instruments to carry out its mission which is to find evidence of ancient microbial life and collect rock and regolith samples to

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Georgia Tech COVID-19 Test Kit Protocol Featured in ASBMB

Georgia Tech and the COOL team's efforts in designing and publishing a protocol for labs to make COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits have been recognized in an ASBMB article. The project was headed by Loren Williams along with contributions made by scientists and students, including COOL member Sara Fahkretaha–Aval who is one of the co-first authors of the

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AbGradCon 2021

The Astrobiology Graduate Conference is scheduled to take place on September 14-17, 2021 as a virtual meeting. AbGradCon is organized and attended by students and postdocs to provide the opportunity to give formal presentations on their abstract in a conference setting. Graduate students and early career researchers interested in astrobiology can share their ideas, collaborate, and network. 

2021 Exploration and Origins Colloquium

On February 17-18, 2021, Georgia Tech's ExplOrigins group is holding a virtual colloquium to feature research involving space exploration, biological, geological, and astronomical origins, and astrobiology. The first day will be a poster session and the second day will have research talks and a Mars 2020 Perseverance Landing viewing. This event invites participation from the greater science

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2021 Suddath Symposium

This year's annual Suddath Symposium will be held virtually on January 28-29 and the topic is "The Origins and Early Evolution of Life". The meetings will allow scientists to share recent research on answering some of the fundamental questions of life, for instance, how did RNA, polypeptides, and polysaccharides first emerge on the early Earth? This includes distinguished speakers leading in

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Congratulations Aparna!

The COOL Center congratulates Ms. Aparna Maddala with graduation from Gergia Tech with Masters degree in Biology via combined Bachelor and Masters of Science program(BSBIO/MSBIO) . Aparna has been a member of the COOL Ceter for the past 2.5 years and involved in the projects on modeling and visualization of ribosomal RNA and proteins. We wish Aparna  the successful and productive career!

Moran Frenkel-Pinter Featured by Nature Research

A paper by the COOL Center, “Selective incorporation of proteinaceous over nonproteinaceous cationic amino acids in model prebiotic oligomerization reactions”, has been highlighted in a Nature article.

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Build-a-Cell Seminar by Loren Williams

On November 16, Loren Williams gave a presentation on the origins and evolution of the ribosome. The Build-a-Cell virtual seminar occurs once a week via Zoom to share papers and research projects related to synthetic cells. This series was made to bring scientists together in order to exchange ideas and collaborate on the science and engineering of building synthetic cells. To learn

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