The Center will exploit different sets of expertise among the three collaborating laboratories, each of which brings special strengths to the project. Steven Benner, trained as an organic chemist, brings synthetic chemical skills, expertise in the enzymology of RNA-like systems, and computational tools for molecular evolution. Gerald Joyce, trained as a biochemist, brings expertise in the design of complex selection systems, non-enzymatic nucleic acid assembly, and prebiotic chemistry. Jack Szostak, trained as a cell biologist, brings expertise in the architecture of in vitro evolution experiments, quantitative analysis of laboratory evolution experiments, and the design of artificial cells and compartments.


    Dr. Jack Szostak
Massachusetts General Hospital
Center for Computational & Integrative Biology
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
    Dr. Gerald Joyce
The Scripps Research Institute
Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
10550 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
    Dr. Steven Benner
The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
1115 NW 4th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601