Dr. Betül Kaçar of the University of Wisconsin Madison has been awarded the Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award from the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL). The award recognizes exceptional contributions by early career scientists to origin of life studies.

Kaçar is supported by NASA Astrobiology through an Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) grant, and is the director of the MUSE (Metal Utilization and Selection Across Eons) consortium. Kaçar’s research is advancing knowledge of ancient enzymes and metabolic pathways, and she has developed new experimental techniques to study ancestral genes involved in key processes used by life on Earth.

Click here to read a press release from the University of Wisconsin Madison concerning concerning Kaçar’s research and her recognition from ISSOL.