origins of life

Fully funded PhD Studentship in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, supervised by Dr Matthew Egbert

Project: Simulating the behaviour of proto-cells
What was the first organism? Amazing advances have been made in understanding how life’s molecular building blocks first emerged, but it remains unclear what caused these molecules to develop into a first integrated organism. In this project, we will develop computational simulations of protocells and related dissipative structures to investigate the possibility that the organism-like behaviours demonstrated by simple non-living physical structures facilitated the earliest stages of life’s evolution. The development of these models and simulations will be conducted alongside real-world experimental work done locally and with international collaborators.



EON Workshop

Tom Froese and Jorge Campos Bravo will participate in the following workshop at the end of their stay Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo this summer.

EON Workshop: Sensors, Motors and Behaviour at the Origin of Life

EON will hold an international workshop at ELSI on July 26-28, 2017.

Organizers: Matthew Egbert 1  ,   Martin Hanczyc 2
Lecturer, University of Auckland, NZ                    
Principal Investigator, Centre for Integrative Biology, University of Trento, Italy

Venue: ELSI Hall in ELSI-1 bldg., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

Title: Sensors, Motors and Behaviour at the Origin of Life


More information can be found on the EON workshop website.