Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: John Chaput
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 3:15pm
Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: John Chaput

Science Building I, room 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free & open to the public

University of California, Irvine, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, John Chaput, will present Extending the Concepts of Heredity and Evolution to Artificial Genetic Polymers at the Department of Chemistry's weekly seminar series

About Professor Chaput

Professor Chaput graduated in 1994 from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Riverside. For his Ph.D. thesis, he studied the molecular recognition properties of unnatural nucleic acid polymers. Under the guidance of Chris Switzer, he designed and characterized the first five-stranded DNA helix that self-assembles around a metal-nucleated iso-guanine repeat motif. From 2000-2004, he was an HHMI Post-Doctoral Fellow in Prof. Jack Szostak’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, he studied the de novo evolution of functional proteins by mRNA display and developed early methods for synthesizing artificial genetic polymers using commercial polymerases. In 2004, he became Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University (ASU). He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2014. From 2004 to 2015, he was a core faculty member of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, and from 2011-2014 served as Deputy Director of the Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Informatics (CEMI). In 2015, he moved his laboratory to UCI where he is developing enzymes that can manipulate artificial genetic polymers (commonly referred to as XNAs) in a manner analogous to the enzymes provided by nature.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research in the chemistry of the environment, novel materials and biological systems. The Department's curriculum, faculty, library, and facilities of the department are accredited by the American Chemical Society.