The Molecular Origins of Life II

  • Type: Lecture (V)
  • Chair: KIT-Fakultäten - KIT-Fakultät für Chemie und Biowissenschaften
  • Semester: WS 23/24
  • Lecturer: Dr. Zbigniew Pianowski
  • SWS: 2
  • Lv-No.: 5169
  • Information:

    EXAM: Wednesday, the 17th of January 2024, at 17:00, INF 252 (Hörsaalzentrum Chemie), Ground floor, Hörsaal Ost (HSO) -


    Hybrid-Lecture (in person + online)

    Wednesdays 14:00-15:30, Seminar Room SR 201, Geb. 30.42 (Organische Chemie), 2. OG., 7 lecture units

    First lecture: 25. Oct. 2023, then the following lectures on: 8. Nov., 15. Nov., 22. Nov., 29. Nov., 6. Dec and 13. Dec, (eventual backup date 20. Dec.2022)

    the lecture slides will be available for download shortly before the respective lecture.


    To join the lecture as a Zoom meeting, please click on the following link:


    Meeting ID: 890 7983 5848
    Access code: 443707


    This interdisciplinary course on the interface of organic chemistry, chemical, molecular and synthetic biology aims to provide the current status of research on the following topics:

    Artificial genetic polymers and oligonucleotide analogues; unnatural base pairing – expansion of the genetic alphabet;

    artificial ribozymes for efficient catalysis and recognition (SELEX, DNAzymes, foldamers);

    biosynthetic incorporation of unnatural aminoacids (UAAs) into proteins;

    protein engineering – production of enzymes with unknown or unnatural properties, ab initio protein design, directed evolution, theozymes;

    Artificial lipid vesicles as models for protocell multiplication;

    This lecture will be continued in SoSe2024 as a course "The molecular origins of life", focused on processes which could allow abiotic generation of biomolecules (aminoacids, lipids, nucleotides, sugars) on the early Earth for the following origin of life.


Mi, 14:00-15:30, SR 201 (IOC)