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Dr. Betül Kaçar

Wednesday, 18 May 2022
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Dr. Betül Kaçar is an astrobiologist and molecular biologist with research interests in early evolution and origins of life, artificial biology, deep-time biosignatures and finding life on other planets. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona at Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Astronomy and Planetary Sciences. She joined the University of Arizona in Fall 2017. Her research group builds molecular time machines to explore and attempt to resurrect lost histories to understand why biology is the way it is today and to compare ancient biology to potential life signatures of life elsewhere in the Universe. 

Dr. Kaçar was named a Scialog Fellow of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement of Heising-Simons Foundation and Kavli Foundation to study the Biosignatures and Life in the Universe in 2020. She was named a NASA Early Career Fellow in 2019, and a Way Cool Scientist by the Science Club for Girls in 2017. Her research has gained national and international attention, and was featured by the United Nations, SXSW, CNN, BBC, NOVA Science, Discover Magazine, NPR Science Friday as well as Scientific American.