News & Highlights

Aug 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

  • Betul Kacar and Anna Donovan travels to Mesa, AZ to attend AbSciCon
  • Betul delivers an Origins of Life plenary lecture during the Astrobiology Science Conference
  • Phil Trans A paper is accepted!

March 2017

  • New NSF grant! Our collaborative proposal titled “Biochemical, Genetic, Metabolic, and Isotopic Constraints on an Ancient Thiobiosphere” is funded by the National Science Foundation. Thank you NSF!
  • New NASA grant! Our collaborative proposal titled “Understanding Translation through Experimental Evolution,” submitted to the Joint NASA-NSF Ideas Lab “Origins of Life” is funded. Thank you NASA!
  • Microbiology Journal Club discusses our recent experimental evolution paper. Ancient genes in modern times: Watch it on YouTube

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

  • Both Eva Garmendia and Andres Ferrino Iriarte receive ELSI travel award to attend the ELSI Young Researcher Day.
  • Ryan Ward, an undergraduate at Harvard College Chemical /Physical Biology joins the lab.
  • Alex Plesa receives 3rd place during the MSI Undergraduate Research Symposium!
  • Betul Kacar attends the NASA/NSF Ideas Lab in MD.
  • Betul presents our work at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
  • Betul Kacar attends the NASA Agnostic Life Workshop in DC.
  • Betul Kacar presents our work at the NASA Astrobiology Institute Executive Council Meeting in Flat Head Lake Biological Station, MT.
  • Betul presents our work during a public outreach event in Bosnia – Herzegovina!

Aug 2016

  • PI Betul Kacar gets selected to participate the NASA/NSF Ideas Lab! Ideas Lab is an intensive, interactive and free-thinking workshop, which will lead to invitation of full proposal submission by either NSF or NASA.
  • Erasmus MEME Scholar Andrés Ferrino joins the lab. Welcome, Andrés!
  • PI Betul Kacar presents our work during the NSF BEACON Symposium on Evolution in Action.
  • Eva Garmendia and Betul Kacar presents during the ASM Microbial Evolution Meeting in DC. PI Betul Kacar is one of the organizers of this meeting!
  • Congratulations to Alex Plesa and Anna Donovan for successfully completing their MSI Microbial Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Program!

June 2016

May 2016

  • Graduate student Alexandra Bertola joins the team for rotation.
  • Betul joins to the NASA Astrobiology Institute Reliving the History of Life Can7 team as a Co-I.

April 2016

  • Science Club for Girls Media Team features our work and interviews Betül in an “Bill Nye” style Astrobiology Video, debuted during the Cambridge Science Festival.
  • Tracy Washington joins the lab as a postdoc. Tracy earned his Ph.D. with Alan Grossman at MIT working on transcriptional regulatory networks in Bacillus subtilis, and developed various Synthetic Biology courses with Ron Weiss at MIT’s Department of Bioengineering. Welcome Tracy!
  • Betul presents our work to a group of astrophysics, geologists and astrobiologists at the McGill Space Institute, Montréal, Canada.
  • Congratulations Anna Donovan and Alex Plesa for getting accepted to the Harvard MSI Summer Research Program. Anna and Alex will be with us during the Summer 2016.

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

  • It is official! We moved into our new space and looking forward to hacking the past in the MCZ Labs during the next three years. Thank you OEB & Edwards Lab!