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Paul J. Bracher, PhD

Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University (starting Aug. 2013)

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Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University (starting Aug. 2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech (2010-2013)


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010
B.S., New York University, 2002


Our research focuses on organic and inorganic chemistry of
prospective importance to the origin of life. The question of how
the first networks of reactions developed on early Earth and merged
into living systems is our planet's greatest unsolved mystery, and its
answer all but certainly lies within the exclusive purview of chemistry.
We are particularly interested in (i) the organic chemistry of thioesters,
and (ii) organic chemistry in solvent systems of prebiotic relevance.
Our research in these areas may also deliver technology of practical value.

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