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Research Summary

Depsipeptides are plausible prebiotic predecessors to extant peptides. 

We want to monitor the evolving sequences of depsipeptides through repeated wet-dry cycles and ultimately, find stable structures providing some sort of catalytic function spontaneously during the evolution.

The research aims to demonstrate the emergence of a prebiotic peptide related system that is sufficiently simple to form spontaneously under prebiotic conditions, yet adequately complicated to demonstrate functionality driven by selection.

My research focuses on the hydrolysis and recycling conditions for amide bonds to help understand the selection and evolution process for oligopeptides using NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometer. 

Education

Georgia Tech

2015

Ph.D. student in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

20112015

B.S. in chemical and biological engineering at RPI