Yoshiya Matsubara

Simons Fellows
Orgin of life, Self-replicating autocatalytic sets

Simons-NCBS Career Development Fellow

Research Experience:

I am hosted by Dr. Sandeep Krishna and Dr. Shashi Thutupalli at the Simons Centre at NCBS. I did my Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo, Japan, under the supervision of Dr. Kunihiko Kaneko.

Research Interests:

I have been working on the theoretical models of a self-replicating system with polymers, because I am interested in the origins of life. Using methodologies in physics like non-linear dynamics and stochastic process, I am trying to understand under what conditions can an autocatalytic set emerge and grow continuously in the prebiotic world.

At the Simons Centre, I am working on the autocatalytic polymer model under fluctuating and oscillating environments. One of the major questions within the study of origins of life, is how to synthesize longer complex biopolymers in the prebiotic condition. Furhter, experimental studies have suggested that oscillating environments are important for such a phenomenon. Therefore, I am trying to understand the principles used by autocatalytic sets of large polymers to extract the energy from fluctuating environments in order to synthesize themselves.

At the Simons Centre, I have joined a group (Dr. Sandeep Krishna, Dr. Shashi Thutupalli and Dr. Sandeep Ameta), which is deeply interested in studying the origins of life as theorists, and I am further trying to model the autocatalytic set with the capabilities to inherit information. 

Email: yoshiyam@ncbs.res.in

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5IwcB_8AAAAJ

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