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AAAS Fellow Biography

Jay Goodwin

Dr. Jay T. Goodwin
AAAS Fellow
Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Division of Undergraduate Education
Class of 2014

Jay T. Goodwin matriculated from Kalamazoo College Magna cum Laude in Chemistry prior to receiving his PhD in bioorganic chemistry with David Lynn in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago.  He was subsequently awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship designing, synthesizing, and characterizing the biophysics of disulfide crosslinks selectively incorporated into small and large RNA structures.  After a sojourn into industrial (Upjohn/Pharmacia) and entrepreneurial (founder and COO of ADMETRx) drug discovery, he accepted an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Emory, and as a member of the NSF/NASA-funded Center for Chemical Evolution. His most recent scientific focus is on dynamic chemical networks as they inform our understanding of the potential origins of living matter and the design and implementation of intelligent, self-organizing materials and novel therapeutic systems.  From a recent special issue in Accounts of Chemical Research (December 2012, co-edited with David Lynn, Cynthia Burrows and Anil Mehta) on the Origins of Chemical Evolution:

“…the diversity in approaches to understanding and employing chemical evolution is as important as the diversity in chemical composition required to promulgate evolution itself and suggests that collaboration among these diverse approaches to gaining insights into chemical evolution and working toward the interfaces among them will be extraordinarily rich with opportunities.  … [and] will inspire the broader scientific community to elaborate and expand efforts in this research realm and to seek synchronicity with systems biology as the top-down complementary approach to deciphering the origins and function of living matter, to look forward to how we can design and construct new intelligent materials that address the grand challenges we face as a society, and to look outward, to other worlds that may harbor life in ways that such insights into chemical evolution may help us better understand, anticipate, and recognize.”

Goodwin hopes to maintain a presence in the science of chemical evolution and its intimate relationships with biological evolution – as part of this objective he is a core member of a group recently sponsored by NSF and NASA to craft a visionary report on empirical approaches to the identification and investigation of alternative chemistries of life, which should issue by the end of 2013, and with the intent to inform both progressive, innovative approaches to the science surrounding alternative biochemistries, as well as to the supporting science policy.

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