Inaugural Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) Community Workshop

The  Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) announces the first virtual community workshop. This workshop is designed to cross-pollinate between different areas of research addressing origins of life, including early earth geoscience and prebiotic chemistry. This workshop will foster intellectual cooperation and

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Congratulations to Petar Penev and the Cool team on their publication at GBE!

COOL members Petar Penev and Sara Fakhretaha-Aval, led by Drs. Jennifer Glass, Anton Petrov, and Loren Williams, identified supersized expansion segments within the large subunits of two Asgard archaea species. The team further characterized these expansion segments in collaboration with Dr. Robin Gutell's team at UT Austin. The exciting results provide greater detail about ribosomal evolution

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Congratulations Prof. Jennifer Glass!

Prof. Jennifer Glass   has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the American Society for MIcrobiology’s Alice C. Evans Award for Advancement of Women. The award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in the microbial sciences. This award is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be

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Congratulations Fox lab!

Paper 1: entitled “Cryo-Electron Microscopy Visualization of a Large Insertion in the 5S ribosomal RNA of the Extremely Halophilic Archaeon Halococcus morrhuae”,

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Congratulations, Santi Mestre Fos for a successful PhD defense!

The COOL center congratulates Santi Mestre Fos  on successfully defending his Ph. D. dissertation "Non-Canonical Structures and Functions of the Human Ribosome: G-Quadruplexes and Heme Appropriation" and becoming a Dr. Santi Mestre Fos!

Congratulations, Claudia!


The Cool center congratulates Dr. Claudia Alvarez Carreno for her recognition as a new NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow at the College of Science of Georgia Tech! The NASA Astrobiology Program element of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing,

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Congratulations Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli!

The COOL center congrats Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli for successfully passing her candidacy exam and becoming a PhD candidate ! Her dissertation title is “Understanding Containment: Life Unbounded?"


Congratulations Kavita!

Congratulations to Kavita Matange of the Williams research group for successfully completing her PhD candidacy exam on February 24th!

Congratulations Becca!

Congratulations to Rebecca Guth-Metzler for passing her PhD candidacy exam. Her proposal on a topic ""Cutting in-line with iron: Uncovering Fe2+ RNA relationships" has been unanimously approved!

COOL team participates at the 8th ELSI symposium on Extending the View on Catalysis

From left to right: Dr. Anton S. Petrov (GaTech), Kavita Matange (GaTech) , Petar Penev (GaTech), Prof. Eric Smith (GaTech/ELSI), Prof. Irena Mamajanov (ELSI/GaTech). February 4, 2020.