The Origins of Life Graduate Consortium fosters an interdisciplinary approach across disciplines to answer questions related to the origin of life on Earth and the presence of life on other planets. This summer, the Consortium traveled to Yellowstone National Park, which enabled faculty and graduate students from biochemistry, geobiology, and astronomy to share multiple perspectives while visiting extraordinary geological features.
Lydia Pazienza, a PhD student in chemistry and chemical biology connected with the Szostak Lab, enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experienced professors from Harvard and elsewhere and to connect with students from other backgrounds. “It challenged my views about the origins of life and re-centered my research plans,” Pazienza said. As the participants visited Yellowstone’s otherworldly pools, they synthesized their distinct disciplines into more cohesive ideas about where the field should look next. “It’s one thing to look at pictures and read papers, but there’s something transcendent in being immersed in the world that you are researching as you analyze it,” she says.
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