Research in our group is focused on the use of synthetic organic chemistry and methodology to
- experimentally address questions concerning the origins of life with respect to the advent of functional monomers and the emergence of informational polymers.
- fashion artificial informational polymers in order to expand the interface between synthetic nucleic acids and the natural biopolymers (proteins and RNA/DNA).
- make available novel molecular tools that may provide new avenues for probing biological systems and for research in synthetic biology.
- make available diverse novel molecules and intermediates that would be useful in chemical therapeutics.
Group Members (July 2014)