Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life: John Sutherland

John Sutherland 2John Sutherland, PhD
Group Leader
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge


Email: johns(replace this with the @ sign)



Project: Origins of Life Systems Chemistry.

The project is to discover systems chemistry syntheses of the informational, catalytic and compartment– forming molecules thought necessary for the emergence of life.

Bio: John Sutherland studied chemistry at the University of Oxford, and then spent a spell as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard with Jeremy Knowles. Upon return to the UK, he carried out his doctoral work with Jack Baldwin at Oxford, and then stayed in Oxford first as a Junior Research Fellow and then as a University Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 1998 he took a chair in Biological Chemistry at Manchester, and in 2010 moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge as a Group Leader. He is interested in chemistry associated with the origin of life, and, along with his research group, has made contributions in the area of prebiotic nucleotide synthesis and RNA chemistry.