Spotlight

Professor Williams named 2021 ISSOL Fellow

Professor Loren Williams, the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for the Origin of Life (COOL), was named a 2021 Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL). ISSOL, the international Astrobiology organization, has named a very small number of Fellows every three years since 1980.

Congratulations Becca, 2021-2022 Astrobiology Fellow!

Rebecca Guth-Metzler, a PhD student in the Williams and Glass groups, has been awarded a 2021-2022 Georgia Tech Astrobiology Fellowship! Fellows organize GT-hosted Astrobiology events and engage the greater community through service and outreach. Congratulations, Becca! 

Moran joins the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Moran Frenkel-Pinter joined the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as Senior Lecturer (i.e., Assistant Professor) to start her own research group. Good luck, Moran!

Petar joins the Banfield Research Group

Petar Penev received his PhD in Bioinformatics in May and has departed for Berkeley to begin his postdoctoral fellowship with the Banfield Research Group. Good luck, Petar!

Congratulations Jennifer Kim!

Jennifer Kim was recently awarded the 2021 Mehta Phingbodhipakkiya Memorial Scholarship, presented to one top junior in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech. Jennifer is working toward a B.S. in Biochemistry while pursuing compelling origin of life research questions with both the Williams

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Announcing ProteoVision

ProteoVision, a webserver for visualization of phylogenetic and structural information about ribosomal proteins in multiple dimensions, is now public. ProteoVision's viewers allow users to represent multiple sequence alignments, secondary structures, three-dimensional structures, and amino acid frequencies of proteins. ProteoVision

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Congratulations Holly!

The COOL center congratulates Holly McCann with the Best Oral Presentation Award at the GT Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring 2021!

Holly's presentation "ProteoVision: a web server for advanced visualization of proteins" won the  best oral presentation in the college of sciences! 

Congratulations, Petar!

Congratulations to Petar Penev of the Williams Lab for graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics from the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech!

Congratulations Petar!

The COOL Center congratulates Dr. 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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