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Announcing the PCE3 Seminar Series 2022

The NASA Astrobiology Program invites you to share and discover in the new Seminar Series of its Research Coordination Network: Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3). The PCE3 Seminar Series is designed to highlight diverse origins of life research from all over the world, spark interdisciplinary discussion, and facilitate research connections among the PCE3 community. A primary goal of this series is to showcase the work of talented early career scientists in PCE3 sciences.

The series will begin on Thursday, June 3rd, from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST) and be held every 3rd Thursday on a continuing basis. Shifts in the seminar hours will occur with notice later in the year for inclusion of participants in Europe/Australasia. Additionally, sessions will be recorded with the permission of the speakers and uploaded to the PCE3 YouTube channel.

Each seminar will feature two speakers (~25 min each) at an early-career stage, supplemented by brief overviews and occasional presentations from mid-to-late career researchers. Speakers are asked to present recent research geared for engagement of the non-specialist, followed by discussion with the audience. Our aim is that the talks will lay a foundation for stimulating discussions and collaborations.

Please use this link to register for the series. After signing up you will receive an email with instructions on joining the Zoom meeting. You only need to register once to attend any of the upcoming seminars. If the Zoom meeting reaches capacity, the seminar will be live-streamed to the PCEYouTube channel for concurrent viewing.

If you are in or lead a lab that conducts research aligned with PCE3 and would like to give a talk, don’t be shy! Please reach out to the organizers.

Seminar #11 with Nick Wogan & Nathan Reed

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Nick Wogan, PhD Candidate, University of Washington, Catling Lab

  • Nathan Reed, PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder, Tolbert and Browne Labs

  • Topical Introduction by David Catling, Professor, University of Washington

Seminar #12 with Eric Parker & Allie Fox

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Eric Parker, Research Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

  • Allie Fox, Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

  • Topical Introduction by Daniel Glavin, Associate Director of Solar System Science, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar #13 with Beth Ann Bell & Yoshi Miyazaki

Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Beth Ann Bell, Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Los Angeles, Ion Microprobe Laboratory

  • Yoshi Miyazaki, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution

  • Topical Introduction by Mark Harrison, Distinguished Professor of Geochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Seminar #14 with Shaunna Morrison & Anirudh Prabhu

Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Shaunna Morrison, Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory

  • Anirudh Prabhu, Geo-Informatics Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory

  • Topical Introduction by Micah Schaible, Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, EPICS Laboratory

Seminar #15 with Harpreet Kaur & Ziwei Liu

Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT



  • Harpreet Kaur, Graduate Student, Institute of Supramolecular Science & Engineering, Strasbourg, Moran Lab

  • Ziwei Liu, Investigator Scientist, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, Sutherland Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Kamila Muchowska, CNRS Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Supramolecular Science & Engineering, University of Strasbourg

Seminar #16 with Derek O'Flaherty & Claudia Bonfio

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Derek O'Flaherty, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph

  • Claudia Bonfio, Junior Group Leader, Institute of Supramolecular Science & Engineering, Strasbourg

  • Topical Introduction by Irene Chen, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Seminar #17 with Zhen Peng & Ankit Jain

Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Zhen Peng, Postdoctoral Associate, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Baum Lab

  • Ankit Jain, Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York (New York), Ulijn Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Jim Cleaves, Professor at the Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Seminar #18 with Evrim Fer & Zachary Maschmann

Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • Evrim Fer, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Kaçar Lab

  • Zachary Maschmann, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Forest Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, Professor, University of Illinois

Seminar #19 with Erica Barlow & Joshua Krissansen-Totton

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT


  • ​​Erica Barlow, NPP Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, and Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures

  • Joshua Krissansen-Totton, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

  • Topical Introduction by Dawn Summer, Professor, University of California, Davis

Seminar #20 with Fraser Macleod & Hye-Eun Lee

Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 9:00 am JST/11:00 am AEDT/Wednesday, November 2, 2022 8:00 pm EST/5:00 pm PDT


  • Fraser Macleod, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, Burns Lab

  • Hye-Eun Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Nakamura Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Brendan Burns, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales


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