Suddath Symposium

30th Annual Suddath Symposium

"Applications of Physical Chemistry to Probing and Understanding Biology"
In memory of our colleague Bridgette Barry, Ph.D.

January 13-14, 2022
Georgia Tech
315 Ferst Drive NW
Petit Biotech Building
Suddath Seminar Room 1128
Atlanta, GA

2022 Symposium Co-Chairs

Nick Hud, Ph.D. - Regents' Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Principal Investigator, Center for Chemical Evolution, Georgia Tech
Amit Reddi, Ph.D. - Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

2022 meeting details coming soon!

 


Suddath Symposium

 

The origin of life on Earth is one of the most intriguing questions of all time and has been a topic of active research for almost a century. The 2021 Suddath Symposium will bring together leaders in origins of life research who will share, in a widely accessible format, recent progress in answering central questions in this field, including: How did RNA, polypeptides, and polysaccharides first emerge on the early Earth? The symposium will provide a forum to celebrate the legacy of the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, which has been headquartered at Georgia Tech for the past decade.

The Suddath Symposium, to be presented via a virtual meeting format in 2021 (over two half-days), is held annually to celebrate the life and contribution of F.L. "Bud" Suddath by discussing the latest developments in the fields of bioengineering and bioscience. The speakers include leading researchers from across the world. This highly interactive symposium has been taking place for 29 years! Each year the symposium topic changes.

2021 Symposium Co-Chairs

Nick Hud, Ph.D. - Regents' Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Principal Investigator, Center for Chemical Evolution, Georgia Tech
Loren Williams, Ph.D. - Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

Confirmed Suddath Speakers

Donna Blackmond, Ph.D.

Donna Blackmond, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Chemistry, California Campus

Scripps Research Institute

Autocatalytic Models for Symmetry Breaking and the Emergence of Homochirality

Facundo Fernandez, Ph.D.

Facundo Fernandez, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Georgia Tech

Triboelectric Mass Spectrometry to Unravel Complex Prebiotic Mixtures

Vicki Grassian, Ph.D.

Vicki Grassian, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of California, San Diego

Surface and Multiphase Chemistry and Photochemistry of Pyruvate

Martha Grover, Ph.D.

Martha Grover, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Tech

Cycles and Systems: Ratcheting Toward Life

Nicholas Hud, Ph.D.

Nicholas Hud, Ph.D.

Regents' Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director, NSF Center for Chemical Evolution, Associate Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

Georgia Tech

Letting Chemistry be Our Guide on a Journey Far Back in Time: A Brief Overview of a Decade of Discoveries Enabled by the NSF-NASA Center for Chemical Evolution

Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, California Campus

Scripps Research Institute

Rethinking the Paradigms of the Prebiotic Emergence of Biopolymers

Antonio Lazcano, Ph.D.

Antonio Lazcano, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Sciences

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City

The RNA World: Insights from the RNA Virosphere

 Luke Leman, Ph.D.

Luke Leman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, California Campus

Scripps Research Institute

What a Wonderful (RNA-peptide) World: Mutually Stabilizing Interactions between Proto-peptides and RNA

Thomas Orlando, Ph.D.

Thomas Orlando, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Associate Director, Strategic Energy Institute

Georgia Tech

Mineral Mediated Prebiotic Chemistry on an Early Rocky Planet

Greg Springsteen, Ph.D.

Greg Springsteen, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry

Furman University

Protometabolic Analogs of the Modern Citric Acid Cycle

Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D.

Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D.

(Nobel Prize 2009) Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Professor of Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Alexander Rich Distinguished Investigator

Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Emergence of RNA from Prebiotic Chemistry

 

Loren Williams, Ph.D.

Loren Williams, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director, Center for the Origin of Life

Georgia Tech

The Origins of the Ribosome and the Origins of Life