Nick Lane is Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, and Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Life's Origin and Evolution (CLOE). He was a founding member of the UCL Consortium for Mitochondrial Research. His work has been honoured by several awards and prizes including the 2015 Biochemical Society Award and 2016 Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize. He has published more than 80 research papers and four acclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry, which have been translated into 30 languages. Life Ascending won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books, while Bill Gates described The Vital Question as "an amazing inquiry into the origins of life."