March 2014, Our recent work with resurrected uricase enzymes is published in PNAS. A wonderful commentary by Prof. Belinda Chang accompanied our article, as well as a great coverage in National Geographic.
Josh Stern is awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship to study the evolution of bacterial translation.
Professor Gaucher is quoted in Popular Mechanics about the Venter Institute's synthetic biology breakthrough
Postdoc Bétül Kaçar receives a travel award from NASA Astrobiology Institute and is selected to speak at the AbSciCon 2010.
We have published our latest work in evolutionary synthetic biology that describes a combination of molecular evolutionary models and protein engineering to develop novel DNA polymerases (Article and SI). The analyses exploited our REAP approach towards directed evolution. We anticipate that these engineered polymerases will be useful for next-generation DNA sequencing (sequencing-by-synthesis) and detecting single-nucleotide-polymorphisms.
Megan Cole and Josh Stern attend the Gordon Research Conference on the 'Orgins of Life' in Galveston, TX.
The Gaucher Group is featured at "Number 5" in Astrobiology Magazine's countdown of the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2009