Researchers of the Origins of Life

This week I had a fantastic opportunity to participate in the Interdisciplinary Origin of Life meeting organised by Institute of Molecular Evolution and hosted in the beautiful Schloß Mickeln, Düsseldorf.

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A love story of two lonely amino acids floating in a primordial pond, and how they hooked up on a mineral dance floor. This possibly is a true story of Life or maybe not, but it surely will make us wonder.

The meeting brought together researches from disciplines as diverse as geochemistry, bioinformatics, astrophysics and philosophy, all sharing the passion for the study of Origin of Life.

Throughout the meeting, we held roundtable discussions to debate our ideas and views, discuss the unknowns in the field, and talk about the future direction of this research.

I was honoured to chair “From Geochemistry to Biochemistry – a Tough Transition” roundtable, full of passionate and engaging discussions on the emergence of very first molecules and the formation of very first polymeric systems starting life as we know it today.

I am confident that this Interdisciplinary Origin of Life meeting will generate new ideas and lead to many fruitful collaborations in future!

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Chair’s view onto roundtable discussion.

 

 

PhD position in solid-state NMR + MD

NMR-MDA 39-month PhD, under the supervision of Dr Paul Hodgkinson, funded by Leverhulme Trust, is available immediately in Durham University. The project aims to understand disorder in molecular organic solids using solid-state NMR, coupled with cutting-edge computational methods developed in the research group.

For more information see “Making Sense of Disorder in Molecular Organic Solids” www.findaphd.com

Or get in touch with myself or Dr Paul Hodgkinson paul.hodgkinson@durham.ac.uk

Invited talk at “Advances in Experimental and Simulation Methods for NMR and EPR”

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It was honoured to be invited to the Annual BRSG meeting: Advances in experimental and simulation methods for NMR and EPR and to deliver a talk about my very recent work linking solid-state NMR and molecular dynamics simulations.

The annual meeting was dedicated to celebrating 50 years in NMR of Prof. Jim Emsley and Prof. Geoffrey Luckhurst. It was a pleasure to meet Jim and Geoffrey and to hear about their adventures in the work of magnetic resonance.