Dr. Rebecca Turk MacLeod

Affiliated Member
Phone:   0141 330 2536
I started working on origins of life during my Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, working with Prof. Michael Yarus to investigate interactions between small RNAs and peptides, and the underlying implications for the origin of protein translation. I then moved to Harvard, where I worked with Prof. Irene Chen’s group to analyze spontaneous polymerization of RNA, as well as RNA fitness landscapes. Afterward I was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program fellowship, which allowed me to move to Paris, where I learned how to use microfluidics to analyze the role of compartmentalization in early metabolic reactions in Prof. Andrew Griffiths’ group at ESPCI ParisTech. Now I’m hoping to use my knowledge about microfluidics in the Cronin Group to further investigate prebiotic chemical reactions in micrometer-scale droplets.

Group Publications

4. Integrated synthesis of nucleotide and nucleosides influenced by amino acids, I. Suarez Marina, Y. M. Abul-Haija, R. Turk-MacLeod, P. S. Gromski, G. J. T. Cooper, A. Olive Olive, S. Colon-Santos, L. Cronin, Communications Chemistry, 2019
3. Environmental control programs the emergence of distinct functional ensembles from unconstrained chemical reactions, A. J. Surman, M. Rodriguez, Y. M. Abul-Haija, G. J. T. Cooper, P. S. Gromski, R. Turk-MacLeod, M. Mullin, C. Mathis, S. I. Walker, L. Cronin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2019, 116, 5387-5392
2. Approach to classify, separate, and enrich objects in groups using ensemble sorting, R. Turk-MacLeod, A. Henson, M. Rodriguez, G. M. Gibson, G. Aragon-Camarasa, D. Caramelli, M. J. Padgett, L. Cronin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2018, 115, 5681-5685
1. A recursive microfluidic platform to explore the emergence of chemical evoltuion, D. Doran, M. Rodriguez, R. Turk-MacLeod, G. J. T. Cooper, L. Cronin, Beilstein J. Org. Chem., 2017, 13, 1702-1709