“Why Life on Earth? From Planetary Exploration to Physics to Mimicking Life in an Artificial Chemical Soup”

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stata Center. Building 32. Room 124 Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

ECUSA-Boston and Spain@MIT present:

“Why Life on Earth? From Planetary Exploration to Physics to Mimicking Life in an Artificial Chemical Soup”

Juan Pérez-Mercader

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Harvard University

Harvard researcher seeking a model for the earliest cells has created a system that self-assembles from a chemical soup into cell-like structures that grow, move in response to light, replicate, and exhibit signs of rudimentary evolutionary selection.

Juan Pérez-Mercader earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York. He is Profesor de Investigación (in “Excedencia”) in Spain’s National Research Council (CSIC), an Elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1998 in Association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, he founded Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) of which he was its first Director. He is the architect of Spain’s participation with NASA in the rover “Curiosity” now on Mars surface. In 2010, he joined Harvard as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative. He is trying to make life ex-novo in the laboratory.

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May 15th, 2017

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stata Center
Cambridge, MA 02139

Building 32. Room 124

https://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32