Fundamental & Applied Molecular Evolution

The FAME Center at Georgia Tech & Emory University

The Center for Fundamental and Applied Molecular Evolution (FAME) is a jointly sponsored initiative between Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Established in November 2002, its primary scientific goals are the studies of evolutionary principles and their application to the synthesis of novel molecules and materials in the laboratory. FAME was established to foster a sustained dialogue between chemists, chemical engineers, biochemists and evolutionary biologists at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Highly interdisciplinary, the group is composed of scientists drawn from seven academic departments and a variety of backgrounds.

Our long-term goal is to elaborate and reconcile the scientific approaches that span synthetic chemistry and evolutionary biology. The Darwinian paradigm offers a theoretical framework for the efficient design of complex biomolecular systems. Chemistry offers insight into the process of adaptive macromolecular evolution.