Origins of Life & Astrobiology

Our work on assembling minimal life from inorganic and organic compounds obviously have implications for our understanding of the possible processes involved in the origins of life on Earth as well as the possibilities for finding life elsewhere in the universe.

However, it should be emphasized that our research does not focus on untangling of the historical events that ultimately lead to the origins of life on Earth, but rather on the nature of self-assembling, metabolic, self-organizing and evolutionary processes in physicochemical systems.

Areas of particular interest

Premordial membranes, non-enzymatic nucleic acid polymerization and replication, the aromatic world as well as the history of the study of the origins of life.