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B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Candidate, Physical Organic Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019
Center for Chemical Evolution Leadership and Outreach Council
Georgia Institute of Technology
The goal of my research is to elucidate the chemical features and prebiotic processes that governed the formation of the earliest genetic polymers (i.e., proto-RNA). In particular, I am interested in which types of molecules could have served as the earliest informational units (i.e., proto-nucleobases), and which types of molecules could have formed the backbone of proto-RNA.