UCL Centre for Life's Origins and Evolution
UCL has a long and illustrious history in exploring the origins of life. From Robert Grant (Darwin’s Professor) to Edwin Ray Lankester (first to formulate the notion of homology in evolutionary terms) to JZ Young (discovered the squid giant axon) UCL has been at the cutting edge of understanding the patterns and processes of life and evolution.
The Centre for Life’s Origin and Evolution (CLOE) was established in 2017 and is the latest incarnation of research excellence in this critical field at UCL.
Who is the Centre for Life's Origin and Evolution (CLOE)?
Summer Symposium 2021
Emily Josephs (Michigan State University) 'The evolutionary forces shaping gene expression variation'
Luis-Miguel Chevin (CNRS/CEFE Montpellier) 'Predicting experimental evolution in a randomly fluctuating environment'
Nancy Chen (University of Rochester) 'Tracking short-term evolution in a pedigreed wild population'
Autumn Symposium 2021
Talia Karasov (University of Utah) ‘Plant pathogen evolution and the maintenance of genetic diversity’
Sandy Hetherington (University of Edinburgh) ‘The Evolution of plant development, insights from the Palaeozoic era’
Winter Symposium 2021
Seán Jordan (Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon) 'Lipid Vesicles: From Protocells to Biomorphs'
Ravinder K. Kanda (Oxford Brookes University) 'Dynamics of HERV-K in the human genome'
Rafal Gutaker (Royal Botanic Gardens) 'The interplay of evolution, environment and culture during the spread of rice in Asia'
Spring Symposium 2021
Joana Xavier (University College London) 'Earth's first bioreactors: the origins of life meets bioengineering'
Laura Mascotti (University of Groningen) 'How the first enzymes worked: on the evolution of nucleotide-dependent enzymes at the origin of life'
Sergio Muuñoz-Gómez (Univresite Paris Saclay) 'Ínsights into the nature of the mitochondrial ancestor'
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