Christoph Adami works on the nature of life and evolution, trying to define life in a way that is as free as possible from our preconceptions.
Christoph Adami researches the nature of living systems, using 'artificial life' -- small, self-replicating computer programs. His main research focus is Darwinian evolution, which he studies at different levels of organization (from simple molecules to brains). He has pioneered theapplication of methods from information theory to the study of evolution, and designed the "Avida" system that launched the use of digital life as a tool for investigating basic questions in evolutionary biology.
He is Professor of Applied Life Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA, and a Visiting Professor at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan State University. He obtained his PhD in theoretical physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“If we are able to think about life in abstract terms … in terms of processes, then we could start to think about life, not as something that is so special to Earth, but that in fact could exist anywhere.”
“One day a NASA manager comes into my office, sits down and says, ‘Can you please tell us, how do we look for life outside Earth?’”