The Pomona College Chemistry Department Presents
The 53rd Robbins Lecture Series

"The Origins of Cellular Life"

March 2-4, 2015

Professor Jack Szostak
Harvard Medical School
2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

Dr. Szostak is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Szostak's early research was on the genetics and biochemistry of DNA recombination and telomeres.  His current research interests are in the laboratory synthesis of self-replicating systems, the origin of life, and applied evolutionary chemistry.  He and his colleagues developed in vitro selection as a tool for the isolation of rare functional RNA, DNA and protein molecules from large pools of random sequences.  His laboratory has used in vitro selection and directed evolution to isolate and characterize numerous nucleic acid sequences with specific ligand binding and catalytic properties.  For this work, Dr. Szostak was awarded, along with Dr. Gerald Joyce, the 1994 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology and the 1997 Sigrist Prize from the University of Bern.  Dr. Szostak is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2000, Dr. Szostak was awarded the Medal of the Genetics Society of America, and in 2006 he shared the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider.  Dr. Szostak is the 2008 recipient of the H.P. Heineken Prize in Biophysics and Biochemistry.  In 2009 Dr. Szostak shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology with Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider for their work on telomeres and telomerase.

The 2015 Robbins Lecture Series is the 53rd in the series established by Mr. Fred Robbins to bring to Pomona College distinguished chemists to discuss their current research.

"The Origins of Cellular Life"
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

"Synthesis of the Building Blocks of Life on the Early Earth"
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

"RNA Replication Before Enzymes"
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

"Primitive Cell Membranes and the Assembly of the First Cells"
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.


The lecture series will be held at:
Seaver North Auditorium
645 N. College Avenue
Claremont, California


(The cross streets are College Avenue & 7th Street)

All lectures are free and open to the public.