Research & Activities


Jia, Tony Z.

Jia, Tony Z.
Jia, Tony Z.
Research Scientist

Main Publication List and Awards

7. Tony Z. Jia & Yutetsu Kuruma. Recent Advances in Origins of Life Research by Biophysicists in Japan. Challenges, 10(1), 28 (2019).

6. Chaitanya Giri, Tony Z. Jia, H. James Cleaves II, Tomohiro Usui, et al. 2018. Life-Detection Technologies for the Next Two Decades. White paper submitted to and cited by the Committee on an Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe, National Research Council, Washington, D.C. Preprint arXiv: arXiv:1810.06026.

5. Richard J. Gillams & Tony Z. Jia. Mineral Surface-Templated Self-Assembling Systems: Case Studies from Nanoscience and Surface Science towards Origins of Life Research. Life, 8(2), 10 (2018).

4. Enver C. Izgu, K. Anders Björkbom, Neha P. Kamat, Victor Lelyveld, Weicheng Zhang, Tony Z. Jia, Jack W. Szostak. N-Carboxyanhydride-Mediated Fatty Acylation of Amino Acids and Peptides for Functionalization of Protocell Membranes. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138(51), 16669-16676 (2016)

3. Tony Z. Jia, Christian Hentrich, Jack W. Szostak. Rapid RNA exchange in droplet based aqueous two-phase and coacervate systems. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph., 44(1), 1-12 (2014).

2. Katsuyuki Shiroguchi, Tony Z. Jia, Peter A. Sims, X. Sunney Xie. Digital RNA Sequencing Minimizes Sequence-Dependent Bias and Noise with Optimized Single Molecule Barcodes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 1347-1352 (2012).

1. Peera Jaru-Ampornpan, Kuang Shen, Vinh Q. Lam, Mona Ali, Sebastian Doniach, Tony Z. Jia, Shu-ou Shan. ATP-independent reversal of membrane protein aggregation by a novel chaperone. Nature Struct. Mol. Biol., 17, 696-702 (2010).


X. Sunney Xie, Katsuyuki Shiroguchi, Peter A. Sims, Tony Z. Jia. Single Cell Nucleic Acid Detection and Analysis. US Patent 9,260,753. Filed March 22, 2012. Issued February 16, 2016.

Research Interests

-Prebiotic RNA Replication
-Early RNA-peptide Coevolution
-Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Structures on the Early Earth
-Coacervates and Condensed-Phase Systems as Membrane-free Protocell Models
-Ancient Hydrogels


Harvard University 2016, Ph.D. in Chemistry
Harvard University 2012, A.M. in Chemistry
California Institute of Technology 2010, B.S. in Chemistry and Business, Economics, and Management