Congratulations to Allie Chen (Cohen Lab) on receiving the University of California Symposium for Chemical Sciences Dalton Transactions poster prize! The Symposium brought graduate students and postdocs from across the University of California together to network and star up new collaborations.
This system-wide award recognizes a career of sustained excellence in serving the Academic Senate, outstanding and creative contributions as evidenced by major impact on faculty governance and a demonstrated exceptional ability in working with diverse constituents of the university effectively. It is a richly deserved honor for her and a credit to our department and our campus. Please join the department in congratulating Katja on this important recognition.
On June 4th, 2016 we will hold the very first Southern California Theoretical Chemistry (SoCal TheoChem) Symposium at the UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. This one-day event will serve as a testimony of the vitality and high concentration of research groups engaged in theoretical chemistry in the geographical area. The primary goal of this boutique workshop is to provide a focused outlet for researchers to present their work to their colleagues, to network and build professional relationships, and to create a stronger community of researchers of the field in the region. The hope is that this workshop will be repeated in the future in different locations of Southern California. In this occasion, we will have the pleasure to host Profs. Shaul Mukamel (UC Irvine) and Andrew McCammon (UC San Diego) as plenary speakers. The rest of the workshop will consist of invited speakers from institutions in the area. Speakers will include researchers in all areas of contemporary theoretical chemistry ranging from electronic structure theory, chemical dynamics, and statistical mechanics to emerging fields in computational chemistry, molecular biophysics, and materials science. For more information, visit http://yuenzhougroup.ucsd.edu/conference/index.html. The registration deadline is May 1 and is free!
Dr. Valerie Schmidt joins our organic division in the summer of 2016. She is currently a Postdoc at Princeton. Dr. Schmidt earned her PhD. from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2013.
Dr. Alina Schimpf joins our inorganic division in the summer of 2016. She is currently a Postdoc at MIT. Dr. Schimpf earned her PhD. from the University of Washington in 2014.
Charles L. Perrin Summer Fellowship APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2016 AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000 Two students will be selected for this prestigious new fellowship. Professor Charles Perrin is one of the first members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a renowned organic chemist, who is widely recognized for his exceptional contributions to research, teaching, and service. In honor of his 50 years of service at UC San Diego, a group of former students, colleagues and family members have endowed a fellowship to support undergraduate summer research. PURPOSE: This merit-based fellowship recognizes students who show promise as future scientists through their participation in undergraduate chemistry research at UC San Diego. The fellowship is intended to provide support for continuation of their research in summer 2016 under the mentorship of a Chemistry professor. (Time commitment will be based on mutual agreement with the faculty mentor.) ELIGIBILITY: To apply, you must be a registered UCSD undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry (CH25, CH32, CH31, CH33, CH34, CH35, CH36, CH37), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants must have successfully participated in a research experience with a Chemistry faculty member through enrollment in CHEM 199. (Preference will be given to students who have been participating in research for several quarters, and especially those whose research is related to organic chemistry (broadly defined). APPLICATION: Your application must include a cover letter, CV, a letter of recommendation from your research mentor, and one paragraph describing your proposed summer research project. You must submit your application to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Affairs Office via email@example.com by the 5/1/16 deadline.
We proudly announce that the National Science Foundation has selected Ember Tota from the Godula Lab and Jesse Peltier from the Bertrand Lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as recipients of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship! Additionally, the following students received honorable mentions: Dan Mermelstein (Walker and McCammon Labs) and Joo Hee Lee (Gianneschi Lab). Congratulations!!
Thank you for visiting the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Ours is
a vibrant and dynamic Department that combines research on the most consequential and revelatory scientific
areas with education aimed at building our future leaders and informed citizens.
The research we engage in is marked by its breadth — from atomic to cellular, from origins of life to climate change, from single molecules to systems level, from sustainable energy to cancer cures, from nanomaterials to solar systems, from infectious diseases to semiconductors, from RNA splicing to condensed phases, from protein structure to three-body problems, from lipid maps to stable carbenes, and so on. Along with these areas, we also engage in understanding how best to communicate scientific knowledge to our students. All these research efforts are made possible by the approximately $33M of sponsored research funds raised yearly by our faculty, and the array of advanced technologies acquired by our faculty to probe ever deeper into fundamental questions. Our faculty has been acknowledged for their creativity. We have Nobel Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and HHMI Investigators among others.
Research is but one facet of our efforts. The other central facet is teaching. In this, we seek not only to convey the wisdom of ages but also the excitement of new scientific findings. The changes in our daily lives that these discoveries are making are enormous, and the pace at which these discoveries are being made is ever increasing. This means that one of our fundamental tasks is to help students understand what lies at the forefront of knowledge, so that they can understand how best to address current and future problems. We find the daily engagement with students to be energizing, and view scientific breakthroughs to be on equal footing with those moments in which we are able to convey an idea so that a student “gets it.” We teach 22,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students in our courses. We have 1,000 undergraduate majors along with 40 Masters and 200 PhD students, and we train more than 100 Postdoctoral Researchers.
The Department recognizes that science is carried out in a societal context, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty, researchers, and students. Indeed, our faculty is one of the most diverse among Chemistry departments. However, we recognize much work remains to be done and we continue to work towards increasing diversity throughout the Department.
I hope you will take some time to look around and learn about the superb research and teaching going on in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Partho Ghosh, Chair
Computational Chemistry and Biophysics
Macromolecular, cryoelectron microscopy and three-dimensional, image-reconstruction techniques.
Chemical Education: Development of context-rich curriculum; Use of collaborative learning strategies in large lectures; Communication of chemistry
Natural product synthesis/biosynthesis, Biological chemistry and enzymology, Metabolic engineering.
Chemical Education: Visual Literacy in Science, Biochemistry Education, Nano Science Education, K-20 Professional Development, and STEM Career Development
Bioinorganic and coordination chemistry. Metalloprotein inhibitors and supramolecular materials.
Dissociation dynamics of transient species, three-body reaction dynamics, novel mass-spectrometric methods
Materials chemistry, surface kinetics of metals/semiconductors, CVD, photo-induced deposition, thin-film spectroscopy.
Biochemistry: phospholipase A2, signal transduction in macrophages, lipid maps, prostaglandin regulation, mass spec of lipids and proteins.
Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular Imaging, Chemical Biology
Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Dual=specific Phosphatase, PTEN
Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs) in Human Cancer
Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Small Molecule Activation and New Transformations.
Electron Transport in Condensed Phases. Dissipation and Relaxation Processes. Non-equilibrium Open Quantum Systems. Molecular Electronics.
Biochemistry and biophysics: transcription, signaling, pre-mRNA splicing, mRNA transport, protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions
Mechanisms of bacterial and protozoan pathogenesis, and host response against infectious microbes.
Bioorganic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Bionanotechnology, Materials, Synthesis
Nanotechnologies for analysis of glycan function during development. Glycomaterials for stem cell-based tissue regeneration.
Surface science of complex environmental interfaces: heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry of sea spray and mineral dust; aerosol impacts on climate; applications and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology in environmental processes and health.
RNA as a Drug Target.
Biophysical chemistry: protein structure, dynamics and folding; 2, 3 and 4D NMR spectroscopy; PCR; equilibrium and kinetic-fluorescence, absorbance and circular dichroism spectroscopies
Molecular Mechanism of Protein Synthesis
Biophysical chemistry: Spectroscopic studies of membrane protein folding and dynamics
Structure, function, dynamics and thermodynamics of protein-protein interactions: NMR, mass spectrometry and kinetics
Inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry: electron transfer, catalysis, fixation and utilization of carbon dioxide.
STM/STS of gate oxides on compound semiconductors and adsorbates on organic semiconductor
Theoretical chemical physics: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; nonlinear phenomena; complex systems; condensed matter.
Statistical mechanics and computational chemistry, with applications to biological systems
Physical Chemistry: Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry; Chemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols; Air Pollution in Megacities of the Developing World
Organic chemistry of marine natural products, synthesis, NMR, and biomedical applications
Evolution of catalytic RNAs, and the Origin of Life
Organotransition metal; organic; physical organic; bioorganometallic; synthetic; and inorganic chemistry
NMR structural studies of proteins in membranes and other supramolecular assemblies
Theoretical chemical physics of complex interfaces of relevance to the environment
Physical-organic chemistry: stereoelectronic effects; hydrogen bonding; isotope effects; ionic solvation; naked anions; malonic anhydrides
The application of analytical chemistry to forensic, environmental and industrial chemistry, then bridge these experiences into the classroom. This also includes the role technology and instrumentation play in discovery and problem solving.
Environmental, physical/analytical chemistry: gas/particle processes of tropospheric significance; mass spectrometry; laser-based analysis techniques.
Inorganic chemistry: Small-molecule crystallography, synthesis of transition metal/p-block clusters
Inorganic, materials, and magnetochemistry
Nanomaterials: porous silicon, chemical and biological sensors, biomaterials, electrochemistry
Chemical education: development of computer-based multimedia to assist student learning of complex scientific processes and concepts
Experimental physical chemistry: photochemistry; laser spectroscopy; reaction dynamics of vibrationally excited molecules
Physical chemistry; Optical and magnetic spectroscopy; Fundamental studies of charge transport and solvation; Applications to energy conversion and energy storage.
Structure, Function, Dynamics, and Localization of PKA as a Prototype for the Protein Kinase Superfamily.
Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry; Metalloprotein structure, function and biosynthesis; Biomaterials
Synthetic, Medicinal, Bioorganic and Biological Chemistry, Methods and Strategies in Natural Products Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry: physical chemistry of isotope effects; solar system formation
Structure and Function of Introns and Retroelements
Ligand-nucleic acid interactions; Antiviral and antibacterial agents; Fluorescent nucleosides and nucleotides; Cellular delivery vehicles
Inorganic chemistry: polymer chemistry; nanomaterials.
Chemical biology; design, synthesis, and application of molecular probes of biological function
Structural Cell Biology, Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Multiscale modeling
epigenomics, cellular reprogramming, protein recognition, computational biology, systems biology
Physical chemistry: calculations of the dynamics of complex systems; theoretical geochemistry
Chemical education, Bioorganic chemistry
Spatio-temporal signaling control of biological self-organization. Signaling networks in innate immunity. Microscopy; Mathematical modeling; Computational image analysis; Systems Biology.
Investigation of charge transfer mechanism in nanomaterials with novel ultrafast spectroscopies
Bioorganic Chemistry, Molecular Self-Assembly, Molecular Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Bionanotechnology
Theory for molecular photonics
Gene Expression Control During Stress; mRNA Localization to Membrane-Less Compartments
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University of Oregon
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Skaggs (Pharmacy Sciences Building) 1160
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Professor Michael Neidig
University of Rochester
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Professor Zachary Ball
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University of California Riverside
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