Chemistry Seminar: “Exploring the Chemical Origins of Biopolymers”

Nicholas Hud received his B.S. degree from Loyola Marymount University. His Ph.D. was conferred by the University of California, Davis for investigations of DNA condensation by protamine. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an NIH postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Prof. Hud joined the faculty of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in 1999 and was named Regents' Professor in 2016. He currently serves as Director of the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE), and as Associate Director of the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB). In 2014 Prof. Hud was elected Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and in 2015 he was selected as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

"Exploring the Chemical Origins of Biopolymers"

Uncovering the prebiotic origins of biopolymers, particularly RNA and polypeptides, is of central importance to understanding the origins of life on Earth. Experimental investigations within the NSF-NASA Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE) are proving growing support for the hypothesis that RNA and polypeptides have evolved from earlier prebiotic forms. The implications of these results on the possible structures of “proto-RNA” and “proto-polypeptides” and the pathway of chemical evolution towards extant biopolymers will be discussed.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Biology, 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public

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