Exploring molecular origins using synthetic biology, experimental evolution and genomics Event as iCalendar

(Biological Sciences, Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Chemical Sciences, Seminars)

27 March 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, City Campus

Host: School of Biological Sciences

Cost: Free - all welcome

Contact info: Dr Anna Santure

Contact email: a.santure@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Anthony Poole
Professor Anthony Poole

Exploring molecular origins using synthetic biology, experimental evolution and genomics

Professor Anthony Poole, Director of the Bioinformatics Institute, University of Auckland

The last 60 years of molecular biology research has provided an incredible level of detail on the inner workings of cells. The genomics revolution subsequently developed the tools to track evolutionary change back through time and to speculate on how molecular systems and processes originated. However, if biologists claim to truly understand evolution, they ought to be able to evolve such systems in a laboratory setting.

That is the challenge that Professor Poole’s lab has set itself. Using a combination of modern molecular and genomics tools, Professor Poole and his colleagues are trying to evolve molecular systems in the lab. Professor Poole will present current work on the evolution of translation initiation, RNA editing, and DNA itself.