Welcome to the Origins of Life Initiative, a biochemical journey through the Universe.

The Origins of Life Initiative supports multi-disciplinary research aimed at revealing if life is abundant in the Universe. We seek to understand how the initial conditions on planets, including our own Earth and planets around other stars, dictated the origins of life and its subsequent evolution. Using this knowledge, it will eventually be possible to study the atmospheres of far distant planets for signs of life, including planets that might be Earth twins.

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Andrew Knoll to receive 2022 Crafoord Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will award Origins Faculty member Andrew Knoll the prestigious 2022 Crafoord Prize for Geosciences.

January 31, 2022
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has just announced that Origins faculty member, Andrew Knoll,  will receive the 2022 Crafoord Prize in April, awarded this year for Geosciences. To read more please visit CNN and the Crafoord Prize... Read more about The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will award Origins Faculty member Andrew Knoll the prestigious 2022 Crafoord Prize for Geosciences.
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