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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Chemical Evolution Talk by Moran Frenkel-Pinter

Moran Frenkel-Pinter introduces chemical evolution and talks about what we currently know about it and how it allows us to peer into the past. Her presentation can be viewed at this link and was given in association with PCE3. PCE3

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The Shcherbik and Pestov Lab's New Website

Professor Natalia Shcherbik and Professor Dimitri Pestov of Rowan University have announced their website is now live at They are collaborating with COOL center PI, Loren Williams, to learn more about the ribosome. The Shcherbik and Pestov research labs aim to understand how cells manage defects in

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Congratulations, Madhan!

Dr. Madhan Tirumalai has accepted a request to be a judge for the graduate student microbiology talks (general category) for the upcoming Texas Branch ASM 2020 fall virtual meeting. This conference, hosted by the University of North Texas (UNT), will include faculty oral presentations as well as student

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Rebecca Guth-Metzler Featured in ExplOrigins Article by Georgia Tech CoS

The latest news from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences recognized Rebecca Guth-Metzler and her contribution to the ExplOrigins (Exploration and Origins) Group. ExplOrigins brings together early career scientists and experienced researchers interested in exploring the universe and studying the origins of life. As a member of the astrobiology community, Rebecca hopes the opportunity to work 

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COOL Submission Showcased in JBC Nov 13 Issue

The COOL team's submission was reviewed and accepted to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) November 13 issue. The illustration, designed by PhD candidate and coauthor, Becca Guth-Metzler, was selected as this issue's cover and will showcase the paper, "A blueprint for academic labs to produce SARS-

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Dr. Nita Sahai Featured in the Meteorite Movie, "Fireball"

Dr. Nita Sahai was featured in a Wener Herzog-Clive Oppenheimer movie on meteorites called "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds" and made an appearance in the recently released official trailer. This movie was chosen for various international film festivals, such as the Toronto Film Festival, Venice Film Festival

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