Suddath Symposium Program

2022 Suddath Symposium

"Applications of Physical Chemistry to Probing and Understanding Biology"
In memory of our colleague Bridgette Barry, Ph.D.
January 13-14, 2022

Agenda coming soon!

2021 Suddath Symposium

“The Origins and Early Evolution of Life”
January 28-29, 2021​

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DAY 1 - January 28, 2021

11:00 a.m.    Suddath Award Winner Presentation – "Antimicrobial Competition Dynamics of the Vibrio cholerae Type VI Secretion System" Cristian Crisan, Ph.D. Candidate – Brian Hammer, Ph.D., Advisor

11:45 a.m.    break until start of Suddath Symposium

~~~~~~~~   Formal start of Suddath Symposium   ~~~~~~~~

1:00 p.m.    Welcome and Opening Remarks – Nick Hud, Ph.D., Symposium Co-Chair, Georgia Tech

Session Chair – Loren Williams, Ph.D., Symposium Co-Chair, Georgia Tech

1:05 p.m.    “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” Nicholas Hud, Ph.D., Georgia Tech

1:35 p.m.    “Rethinking the Paradigms of the Prebiotic Emergence of Biopolymers” Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. – Scripps Research Institute

2:05 p.m.     Keynote Presentation - “The Emergence of RNA from Prebiotic Chemistry” - Jack Szostak, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital

2:40 p.m.     Session I “Meet the Speakers” – all attendees welcome:

  • Breakout session with Nick Hud - Heather Abbott-Lyon, moderator
  • Breakout session with Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy - Facundo Fernandez, moderator
  • Breakout session with Jack Szostak - Loren Williams, moderator

Session Chair – Heather Abbott-Lyon, Ph.D., Kennesaw State University

3:10 p.m.    “Mineral Mediated Prebiotic Chemistry on an Early Rocky Planet” - Thomas Orlando, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
3:40 p.m.    “Surface and Multiphase Chemistry and Photochemistry of Pyruvate” Vicki Grassian, Ph.D. – University of California, San Diego

4:10 p.m.    “Protometabolic Analogs of the Modern Citric Acid Cycle” Greg Springsteen, Ph.D. – Furman University

4:40 p.m.    Session II “Meet the Speakers” – all attendees welcome:

  • Breakout session with Thomas Orlando - Heather Abbott-Lyon, moderator
  • Breakout session with Vicki Grassian - Nick Hud, moderator
  • Breakout session with Greg Springsteen - Loren Williams, moderator

5:10 p.m.    Round Table Discussion with Session I and II Speakers – all attendees welcome - *return to “primary” meeting space

6:00 p.m.    Adjourn

DAY 2 - January 29, 2021

Session Chair – Paul Bracher, Ph.D. - St. Louis University

1:00 p.m.    Opening Remarks – Nick Hud and Loren Williams

1:05 p.m.    “Triboelectric Mass Spectrometry to Unravel Complex Prebiotic Mixtures” Facundo Fernandez, Ph.D. – Georgia Tech

1:35 p.m.    “Cycles and Systems: Ratcheting Toward Life” - Martha Grover, Ph.D. – Georgia Tech

2:05 p.m.    “Autocatalytic Models for Symmetry Breaking and the Emergence of Homochirality” Donna Blackmond, Ph.D. – Scripps Research Institute

2:35 p.m.     Session III “Meet the Speakers” – all attendees welcome


Session Chair – Jay Forsythe, Ph.D., College of Charleston

3:05 p.m.    “What a Wonderful (RNA-peptide) World: Mutually Stabilizing Interactions between Proto-peptides and RNA” - Luke Leman, Ph.D. – Scripps Research Institute

3:35 p.m.    “The RNA World: Insights from the RNA Virosphere” - Antonio Lazcano, Ph.D. – National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City

4:05 p.m.    “The Origins of the Ribosome and the Origins of Life” - Loren Williams, Ph.D. – Georgia Tech

4:35 p.m.    Session IV “Meet the Speakers” – all attendees welcome

5:05 pm.     Round Table Discussion with All Invited Suddath Speakers – all attendees welcome

6:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Support for the 29th Annual Suddath Symposium is provided by the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech.

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Direct event inquiries to Colly Mitchell