Today's guest of our article is that we have shared the success story with you before. Yasemin Ozkan A successful Turkish woman like Betül Kaçar. Betül Kaçar won the Stanley Miller Early Career Award on November 16. The Stanley Miller Prize is awarded to promising young scientists for their contributions to origin-of-life research, particularly those who do experimental and/or theoretical work in astrobiology. The success of Turkish Scientist Betül Kaçar, who was deemed worthy of this award for her work, has been a source of pride for all of us.
Below is the text of the announcement made by NASA on the subject:
University of Wisconsin Madison's Dr. Betül Kaçar was awarded the Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award by the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL). This award is in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by early career scientists to the study of the origin of life.
Kaçar is supported by NASA Astrobiology with a grant from the Interdisciplinary Astrobiology Research Consortium (ICAR). He is the director of the MUSE (Metal Utilization and Selection Across Eons) consortium. Kaçar's research advances his knowledge of ancient enzymes and metabolic pathways and has developed new experimental techniques to study ancestral genes involved in key processes used by life on Earth.
Betül Kaçar's Working Areas
Origins of life, astrobiology, early life and evolution, systems and synthetic biology, molecular paleobiology. After specifying the fields of study, "What is Astrobiology?" Let's introduce it to you.
What is Astrobiology?
Astrobiology, formerly known as exobiology, is an interdisciplinary field of science that studies the origins, early evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.
Astrobiology addresses the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists and how humans can detect it if it does.
Astrobiology draws on molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, astronomy, physical cosmology, exoplanetology, geology, paleontology, and ichnology to investigate the possibility of life on other worlds and to help identify biospheres that may be different from those on Earth.
The origin and early evolution of life is an integral part of the discipline of astrobiology.
Astrobiology deals with the interpretation of available scientific data and primarily deals with hypotheses that fit tightly to existing scientific theories.
This interdisciplinary field covers research on the origin of planetary systems, the origins of organic compounds in space, rock-water-carbon interactions, abiogenesis on Earth.
Studies on planetary habitability, research on biosignatures for life detection, and life's potential to adapt to challenges on Earth and in space.
Betül Kaçar Laboratory Studies
The Kaçar Laboratory explores the origins of life, the biology of early Earth and how understanding the origin of life and early mechanisms can help find life beyond Earth.
A NASA Astrobiology Center hosts MUSE DISCOVERY to explore the dynamics between the environment, evolution, and life. Our integrative approach enables the study of biomolecule-scale macroevolutionary trends spanning billions of years of history and is a fundamentally new methodology for studying the origins and early evolution of life.
The overall aim of their work is to evaluate the possible environmental effects of ancient enzymes on signatures on a global scale that record biological activity.
Media outlets where her work is featured are UN Women, UNICEF, Library of Congress, European Union Delegation to Education, NOVA Science, BBC, NPR Science Friday, MIT Technology Review, Vice News, Wired, PBS, CNN and others.
If we go back to the details of his individual works;
While volunteering at an international conference on Alzheimer's, she learned how the molecular properties of enzymes can change with age.
At the age of 20, he began his doctoral studies on “Parkinson” and “Alzheimer's” and in 2010 earned his PhD from Emory University in Atlanta. Kaçar, who is interested in studies on the molecular mechanisms of evolution, continued his post-doctoral studies at NASA and proved that he could be successful in this field.
Kaçar is also the first Turkish woman scientist to be awarded a scholarship by NASA.
Kaçar is among the founders of NASA – SAGAN, the only astrobiology education platform in the world for young people who have difficulties in accessing education and information. He is described as 'one of the leading members' of the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
After graduating from Marmara University, Department of Chemistry, Prof. went to the USA at the age of 20. Betül Kaçar has been working for NASA since 2011. He continued his studies in the field of Astronomy and Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Arizona.
He joined Harvard University in 2012 where he worked in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. From 2014 to 2017, he led the group as a Research Assistant in the Department of Organism and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. The Turkish scientist worked in the field of Astronomy and Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Arizona in 2017.
Betül Kaçar worked as a faculty member in the Department of Astronomy and Molecular Biology at the University of Arizona between 2018 and 2021. Joined University of Wisconsin-Madison as of September 1, 2021.
prof. Kacar is also a faculty member at the Earth-Life Sciences Institute of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He received the NASA Young Investigator award in 2019. One of the leading members of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Prof. Qajar is the first and only scientist in the United States to work simultaneously in astronomy and biology.
In addition, Turkish scientist Betül Kaçar, who has been accepted to NASA, is leading NASA's project to search for new life in the universe. We congratulate him on his achievements. We look forward to transferring this work to our young girls.