We are interested in understanding the underlying forces of molecular evolution and how Earth’s history may have shaped the way life is today. We engineer microbes with synthetic genes and study their co-adaptation in the laboratory. We care deeply about science communication and outreach.

Principle Investigator: Betul Kacar

Rotation Student: Pearl Lam (Arizona ABBS)

Lab Assistant: Hope Dang

Undergraduate Students: Hanon McShea (Harvard OEB), Ryan Ward (Harvard CHEM)

Join us!

We are accepting students starting Fall 2018 through Molecular and Cell Biology and Astronomy Programs. Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows interested in astrobiology, origins of life and experimental evolution, please contact Betul.[Email]

University of Arizona Molecular and Cellular Biology Student Coordinator:

Denise Slay (

University of Arizona Astrobiology Program:

University of Arizona Department of Astronomy: