Speaker Details



University of Arizona

NASA Early Career Fellow

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology,

Astronomy and Steward Observatory

Betül Kaçar is an astrobiologist at the University of Arizona who uses paleogenomics to resurrect ancient genes and reconstruct evolutionary histories. Kaçar describes her work as making “molecular time machines” as a way to explore common ancestors and try to rebuild lost histories. She was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and a Research Group Leader at Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology before joining University Arizona in 2018, where she focuses on reconstructing key enzymatic intermediates between biological activity and global geochemical reservoirs throughout the Earth's deep history. She was named Way Cool Scientist by the Science Club for Girls in 2017, is the recipient of the NASA Early Career Fellowship in 2018 and currently serves as one of the Principal Investigators of the NASA Reliving the Past Astrobiology Center as well as the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

Symposium Faculty

Peng Li

Tsinghua University

Christoper Glass

University of California San Diego

Takashi Kadowaki

University of Tokyo

Roger D. Kornberg

Stanford University

Judith Klumperman

University Medical Center Utrecht

Jeffrey Friedman

Rockefeller University

Gisou van der Goot

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

David Sabatini

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Satchindananda Panda

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Anu Suomalainen

University of Helsinki

Tobias Walther

Harvard University

David Mangelsdorf

University of Texas

Nilay Yapıcı

Cornell University

Semir Beyaz

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Gülçin Pekkurnaz

University of California San Diego

Betül Kaçar

University of Arizona