Welcome to the Kacar Lab!

We study evolution at the molecular level. Our research objectives relate to historical aspects of evolution and the origins of life on Earth, and how these questions in turn relate to astrobiology.

We conduct our research activities under two themes:

  1. Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution
  2. Reconstructing Ancient Phenotypes

Visit Research for more information regarding our work. For outreach related publications, visit EPO.

Checkout our recent paper! Experimental Evolution of Escherichia coli Harboring an Ancient Translation Protein (March 2017)

New Scientist interviews Betul during AbSciCon on Ancient Rubisco (May 2017)

Listen to Betul talk about our recent research:
(Produced by Yvonne Stapp, Belmont Media and WGBH Forum Network)

The Kacar Lab is headed by Betul Kacar, is funded by The John Templeton Foundation, Harvard University, The Earth-Life Origins Network, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. We are a member of the Harvard Origins Initiative and we carry out our work at Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, MCZ 301 Edwards Labs. For more information regarding our outreach work, visit SAGANet.org: The Online Astrobiology Grassroots Network, co-founded by Betul Kacar. The content of this website do not necessarily represent the views of any particular organization.

For more details, please email Betül.