I study general principles of metabolic evolution, and take a chemical physics perspective on questions of macroevolution, ecosystem self-assembly and Earth history. I take a comparative approach, starting at the molecular and cellular levels (i.e. genomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, physiology) to reconstruct the evolution of cellular metabolism over geologic timescales, and combine this with information from other scales and levels of organization (i.e. ecology, biogeochemistry) to understand the nature, drivers and ecological/environmental consequences of innovations. My ultimate goal is to understand the logic that underpins the chemical organization of life across levels of the biosphere, and how chemistry constrains the co-evolution of Earth and the biosphere.

Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
email: braakman-AT-mit.edu
twitter: @rogier_braakman