Revealing the origins of order and matter

The early phases of our solar system saw the emergence of earth’s matter and biology’s order. These formative events, be they nucleosynthesis in the early sun or the self-assembling molecules in the primordial soups, shape everything we know. They also inspire us to root out their origins. Research at these frontiers reveals the inner workings of the hierarchical assembly of viruses, as well as the folding and the function of abiological molecules, amongst others. Deep knowledge and the practical expertise gained in these endeavors will enable future applications that may rival natural forces.  See more faculty interested in this theme »