David Deamer is a Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
His research focuses on biological membranes, particularly how primitive amphiphilic compounds can encapsulate polymer systems to give rise to the first living cells. With Martin Van Kranendonk and Tara Djokic, Deamer co-authored a cover article in the August 2017 Scientific American that first described how life can begin in hot springs on the early Earth. The ideas were developed further in his 2019 book Assembling Life (Oxford University Press 2019) and then condensed into a testable working hypothesis with his colleague Bruce Damer in the April 2020 edition of Astrobiology.
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