PTYS/LPL Faculty

Life Sciences 346 ∙ Kuiper 401

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Betul Kacar

Assistant Professor

Astrobiology, Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Origins of Life

Ph.D., Chemistry, Emory University

Years with LPL: 2019 to present

  • Cathryn Sephus (MSc, MCB / Astronomy)
  • Alex Rivier (MSc, MCB)
  • Evrim Fer (PhD, GIDP)
  • Katie McGrath (PhD, ABBS)
  • Andrew Wheeler (PhD, GIDP)

Current Postdocs

  • Amanda Garcia (Ph.D. Astrobiology/MCB)
  • Mati Kedzior (Ph.D. Astrobiology/MCB)

Current Staff Scientists

  • Sky Dominguez

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Years Fall 2017 through Spring 2020

Venkataram S, Monasky R, Hadjizadeh SS, Kryazhimskiy S and Kacar B. (2020) Evolutionary stalling and the limit on the power of natural selection to improve a cellular module (PNAS)

Garcia AK, McShea H, Kolaczkowski B and Kacar B. (2020) Reconstructing the evolutionary history of nitrogenases: Evidence for ancestral molybdenum-cofactor utilization (Geobiology)

Adam ZR,  Fahrenbach A, Jacobson SM, Kacar B, Zubarev D. (2020) Radiolysis generates a complex organosynthetic chemical network (chemRxiv)

Liberles, D. A., Chang, B., Geiler-Samerotte, K., Goldman, A., Hey, J., Kaçar, B., Meyer, M., Murphy, W., Posada, D., Storfer, A. (2020) Emerging Frontiers in the Study of Molecular Evolution 2020JMolE..88..211L

Garcia AK and Kacar B. (2019) How to resurrect ancestral proteins as proxies for ancient biogeochemistry. Free Radical Biology Medicine

Walker, S. I., Bains, W., Cronin, L., DasSarma, S., Danielache, S., Domagal-Goldman, S., Kacar, B., Kiang, N. Y., Lenardic, A., Reinhard, C. T., Moore, W., Schwieterman, E. W., Shkolnik, E. L., Smith, H. B. (2018) Exoplanet Biosignatures: Future Directions 2018AsBio..18..779W

Adam ZR,  Kacar B, Som SS, Lynch K, Walther-Antonio M, Williford K. (2018) The origin of animals as microbial host volumes in nutrient-limited seas (Peer J) https://peerj.com/preprints/27173/

Adam ZR, Fahrenbach AC, Kacar B, Aono M. (2018) Prebiotic geochemical automata at the intersection of radiolytic chemistry, physical complexity, and systems biology Complexity

Kacar B, Hanson-Smith V, Adam ZR, Boekelheide N. (2017) Reconstruction and Dynamic Modeling of Ancestral Rubisco Proteins Geobiology, 00:1–13.

Kacar B, Garmendia E, Tuncbag N, Andersson DI, Hughes D. (2017) Functional Constraints on Replacing an Essential Gene with Its Ancient and ModernHomologs MBio

Kacar, B., Guy, L., Smith, E., Baross, J. (2017) Resurrecting ancestral genes in bacteria to interpret ancient biosignatures 2017RSPTA.37560352K

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