What we do ...
Our primary research interest is the origin of life, both here on Earth but also as it may happen on other worlds. We are particularly interested in identifying features of living systems that may be universal (such that they apply equally well to life here on Earth but also anywhere else it might exist). This leads us to actively work on addressing the question "What is life?" in the spirit originally posed by Erwin Schrodinger in 1943 - that is by understanding the fundamental physics underlying living processes. Our approach is highly interdisciplinary merging fields as diverse as physics, chemistry, biology, artificial life, complex systems, philosophy, astrobiology and computer science to name a few. Our work is theoretical, primarily utilizing computational models often with strong connection to empirical data. Some of our research themes tackling these questions are highlighted here. For more you can visit our publications page or contact principal investigator Sara Walker at the contact link above.