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"Origins of Biomolecules" at the University of Georgia

This event is part of the Origins Lecture Series, presented by the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Georgia

The North Campus Parking Deck on Jackson Street is the closest deck for Chapel visitors. Here's a map (PDF) showing all the visitor parking on campus.

Currently there are no social events planned for this meetup. If there is sufficient interest, we will try to assist in making carpooling arrangements.

Origins of Biomolecules
Claiborne Glover, Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This lecture will explore the physical and chemical origins of biomolecules prior to the origin of life.

We will focus first on the "Bio" (the likely nature of the first living thing); second, on the "Molecules" (the organic compounds of which that first living thing was composed), and third, on the "Origins" of those molecules (how were they synthesized abiotically, in the absence of pre-existing life). The latter will form the central focus of the presentation, and will consider the location, energy sources, and mechanisms by which the molecular precursors of life were fashioned.

All of this happened a very long time ago, and none of it is easy, but an effort will be made to trace the various means by which an answer to the above questions may be sought as well as to illuminate the logic and beauty of molecular structure and behavior.

About the Speaker
Claiborne Glover is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He earned a B.A. in English from Duke University in 1969 and a PhD in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1979. Prior to joining the UGA faculty in 1983, he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University.

Dr. Glover's research interests include the role of protein phosphorylation in regulation of cell function in the single-celled eukaryote, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and the mechanism of prokaryotic immunity mediated by the CRISPR-Cas defense systems of eubacteria and archaebacteria.

Dr. Glover teaches Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics, and Science and Human Values, a broadly interdisciplinary course that attempts to span the divide between the two cultures. He was a UGA Senior Teaching Fellow in 2006 and is an active participant in the UGA Teaching Academy.

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  • Stefanie T.

    I will probably go too on 03/20/13. I can take 2 people from the Johns Creek area.

    March 4, 2013

  • Sam Skinner, P.

    This was a great lecture -very informative, well-organized, a touch of humor. Worth the drive from Atlanta. The next one is March 20 "Origin of Life". I'm going and can take a couple people with me.

    March 4, 2013

  • Stefanie T.

    Great! Little difficult with my last Chemistry lesson 20 years back.

    February 27, 2013

  • Marc M.

    Sorry, it looks like I won't be able to make this "Origins" lecture. Maybe next time.

    February 22, 2013

  • Sam Skinner, P.

    I will be driving up from the Roswell area and am willing to take a couple of people with me.

    February 19, 2013

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