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Feb 2018

Fourth Annual LAMP Symposium - February 17, 2018

symposiumspeakers            Online Program Booklet



Farewell to Clémentine Gibard


January 14-19

Origins of Life Gordon Research Conference

The Prebiotic Milieu Building the Evolution of Early Life




September 24-27

Congratulations to Dr. Brooke Anderson for winning a travel award and a best poster award at the 2017 Annual Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society Meeting held in Bordeaux, France.





August 22

Vincent Martin Farewell Dinner

August 7

Jessica Zhang SURF 2017 Presentation

August 7

Farewell to Jessica Zhang

July 29

Farewell to Tim Efthymiou

Tim's farewell


MAY 18

Department of Chemistry UNAM

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

RNA World Symposium Mexico City


Christmas Group Dinner


3rd NoR HGT & LUCA conference: The landscape of the emergence of life

NoR HGT 2016


3rd NoR HGT & LUCA conference: 3rd and 4th November 2016

The landscape of the emergence of life

(The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)


Anirudh Appachar's Summer SURF presentation at TSRI



Chemists from COST CM1304 meet in Valtice


ETH lecture


Stated Clearly Animation Screening: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

Stated Clearly




Story Collider

Story Collider

Science and Life: Selection and Evolution (Why things are the way they are and not otherwise)





Dr. Tim Efthymiou has been selected to receive the NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship for “Study of a Novel Acyclic Oligonucleotide as an RNA Progenitor and Mimic”

Chintelle Poster Presentation and Farewell


Chintelle James (center) with Dr. Jesse Gavette (left) and Dr. Jayasudhan Yerabolu (right)


Alba-Diez Martinez and Francesco De Riccardis Farewell



Miller lecture


Interview With Sydney Morris - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Winner

Sydney Morris in the lab
May 19, 2015
Sydney Morris, a recent graduate of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in Chemistry, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is one of two winners this year from GW - the other is Jane Olmstead-Rumsey, a Distinguished Scholar in the Elliott School of International Affairs.You can read more about Jane here
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.
At GW, Sydney conducted research with the laboratory team of Dr. Peter Nemes, where she helped to develop and apply analytical technologies to probe biological processes at the single-cell level. She was also a member of GW’s NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Team. This Fall, Sydney will enter the PhD program in Chemical and Biological Sciences at the prestigious Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, with three years of full funding from NSF.
Outside of the Nemes lab, Sydney dedicated herself to educational outreach and civic engagement in DC communities, participating with DC Science Fests, the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and the Grassroots Project. The latter recruits NCAA Division I athletes to teach a health education program devoted to informing DC youth about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
In the Summer of 2014, Sydney joined the research team of Dr. Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy at the Scripps Research Institute as a summer undergraduate research fellow. In the Krishnamurthy lab, she synthesized modified ribulose sugars to study ribulose nucleic acids as potential prebiotic informational systems and for drug development.
Ultimately, Sydney plans to become a professor and research scientist, and one day, to head her own research team.
We talked with Sydney to learn her thoughts on applying for this prestigious award.
How did you hear about NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and what inspired you to apply to this award?
I heard about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship through the CUFR [Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research]. During the summer, I was applying for a Fulbright [Research/Study Award]. Then, I was working with [Assistant Director] Dr. Steve Wright and he mentioned that I was a perfect candidate for the NSF. After learning more about the fellowship and the opportunities that become available to fellows once they are selected (opportunities for international research and professional development), I became really excited about the fellowship. Ultimately, Steve’s encouragement and the opportunities for growth inspired me to apply.
What was the application process like for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship? How did you use our office?
Initially, I was overwhelmed with the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application process because there are several parts to the application to include an original research proposal, personal statement, and three references. However, with the help of the CUFR office I learned exactly what the NSF Application Review Committee looks for in applications and this knowledge helped me to draft each document accordingly and select appropriate references.
I worked very closely with Steve Wright. We met at least once a week until the NSF Fellowship application deadline to discuss and review my progress. His help was instrumental in helping me communicate why I was most qualified for the award. I also worked with my research advisor here at GW (Dr. Peter Nemes) to come up with an idea for my research proposal. 
What advice would you have for students interested in applying for a fellowship?
My advice for students interested in applying for a fellowship is to get in contact with the CUFR!  Most likely there is someone in the office that worked with another student that applied to the fellowship you are interested in. Moreover, the individuals that work in the office are very helpful. They are willing to meet with students regularly to help them submit the best application possible. 


Charlie Liotta: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Charles L. Liotta Symposium

Program and schedule

Charles L. Liotta Symposium




The 25th Quebec and Ontario Mini-Symposium in Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry

The department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University is pleased to host the 25th annual Québec-Ontario Mini-Symposium in Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry, at the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto, Ontario


November 7, 8 and 9, 2014. 



The Routes of Emergence of Life from LUCA during the RNA and Viral World: A Conspectus

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2014 Conference

2nd NoR HGT & LUCA conference 28 th/29 th October 2014


The routes of emergence of life from LUCA during the RNA and viral world

(University of Leeds, UK)



Christmas Dinner

Keunsoo Kim's Farewell Lunch



Christmas Dinner

A write up on Professor Alan Anderson's Summer-Experience in our lab

Dr. Alan Anderson, Ph.D. (Summer 2013)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences at Bowie State University)

Sponsored by NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program

Alan Anderson

Cecilia Yu's Farewell Lunch


The Naff Symposium

2013 Naff Symposium

Watch the lecture

Origin of Life Naff Symposium

Naff Symposium Shcedule



Tammy Campbell has been awarded a NASA-Exobiology fellowship   

(NASA Postdoctoral Program Astrobiology Fellow)


Group Picture August 2012

Group - August 2012


Jacob Mitchell's Birthday Lunch

Sarah Casey's Farewell Dinner

2012 Group Christmas Dinner