News & Highlights
- 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H8yqj1upVM
- New Publication: Our new paper titled Experimental Evolution of Escherichia coli Harboring an Ancient Translation Protein is published in J Mol Evol.
- We have a new lab Tardigrade pet.
- Betul co-organizes and delivers a talk during the Proto-computation and Proto-life Workshop at Harvard University.
- Stuart Brown and Divjot Kaur, two visiting fellows from the University of Surrey join the lab. Welcome Stuart and Divjot!
- New Preprint: Checkout our recent preprint: Functional constraints on replacing an essential gene with its ancient and modern homologs
- Brett Enos, Research Assistant, joins the lab.
- Hanon McShae, an OEB undergraduate joins the lab.
- Cierra Armstrong, an undergraduate from Cape Cod Community College joins the lab.
- New funding: Our work on Rubisco proteins receive ELSI Origins Network Seed Grant
- New publication: Betul publishes a chapter in Chance in Evolution (Eds R Ramsey and C Pence) titled “Rolling the Dice Twice: Evolving Reconstructed Ancient Proteins in Extant Organisms”.
- Eva Garmendia receives the Best Poster Award by the Swedish Society of Microbiology – her poster is titled “Functional constraints on replacing an essential gene with its ancient and modern homologs”.
- Our work is featured in Turkish nature and conservation magazine MAGMA.
- Fanny Migliore, an undergraduate at Boston University joins the lab.
- Bard College undergraduates start evolving our engineered ancient-modern E. coli bacteria as a part of their Evolution I Lab, lead by Prof. Gabriel Perron. Cool!
- 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!
- 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!
- PI Betul Kacar attends NASA NEXSS Exoplanet Biosignatures Workshop in Seattle.
- Congratulations to Alex Plesa and Anna Donovan for successfully completing their MSI Microbial Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Program!
- Betul Kacar talks about our work during a public outreach event in Brkco, Bosnia-Herzegovina! This event is covered by the Bosnian National TV!
- The Astrobiology Primer 2.o, co-authored by PI Betul Kacar is an open access education material and published in the journal Astrobiology!
- We started our evolution experiments!
- We now have a Lab Instagram account: Instagram.com/kacarlab/
- 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.
- Gökçe writes for SciWorthy about our work, her online article is titled: Understanding cell interactions through experimental evolution.
- Anna Donovan gets accepted to the BMSIS Young Scientist Program.
- 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.
- NASA Astrobiology Institute features Betul’s interview with the WGBH Forum Network on their main website: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/news/betul-kacar-on-paleogenomics/
- Checkout our recent preprint: Experimental evolution of modern Escherichia coli harboring an ancient Elongation Factor gene We welcome comments and suggestions
- Eva Garmendia is interviewed regarding her outreach activity in Uppsala, Sweden: http://www.scifest.uu.se/tre-utstallare
- Templeton Foundation features our work: Why are scientists reconstructing ancient genes?
- Gökçe Senger engaged a group of over twenty students at the Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey: http://www.bmsis.org/news/page/2/
- 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!