Lecture Topic: ORIGINS OF LIFE SYSTEMS CHEMISTRY
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Laboratory of Molecular Biology
John Sutherland studied chemistry at the University of Oxford, and then spent a spell as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard with Jeremy Knowles. Upon return to the UK, he carried out his doctoral work with Jack Baldwin at Oxford, and then stayed in Oxford first as a Junior Research Fellow and then as a University Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 1998 he took a chair in Biological Chemistry at Manchester, and in 2010 moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge as a Group Leader. He is interested in chemistry associated with the origin of life, and, along with his research group, has made contributions in uncovering prebiotically plausible syntheses of the informational, catalytic and compartment–forming molecules thought necessary for the emergence of life.