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Aerial view of UCSD campus looking South

Geisel Library - Nobel Laureates at UCSD

Discovery of new atmospheric reaction garners prize

Urey Hall Addition

Pacific Hall

Natural Sciences Building

The crystal structure of a group II intron in the pre-catalytic state

Geisel Library Walk

York Hall

Structure of an inhibitor of hepatitis C virus protein synthesis bound to its target in the viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) genome

ANCA probe staining amyloid plaques derived from Alzheimer’s-related Aβ peptides fluoresces as green and as yellow when derived from prion proteins (PrPSC)

Price Center

Generation of bio-resistive surface coatings on amyloids inhibits harmful protein-amyloid interactions associated with Alzheimer disease

Proposed schematic models of the interfacial binding surface of four different members of the Phospholipase A2 superfamily

Urey Hall and Pacific Hall

Characterization of the "inhibitor binding pocket" in the catalytic domain of the calcium-independent phospholipase A2 with residues within a 5 A raidus of the inhibitor shown

A Crystalline Singlet Phosphinonitrene: a Nitrogen Atom Transfer Agent

Mayer Hall

Drug candidate in orange envelope bound to UPPS

Possible binding modes for phospholipase A2 via its membrane interaction site, another allosteric site, and its catalytic site



News

Kamil Godula Named 2017 Cottrell Scholar
Kamil Godula, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. As one of only two dozen early career academic scientists nationwide who received this year’s award, Godula and the other recipients will receive $100,000 this year for their research and teaching activities from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Godula, who will use the funds to support his research program, “Harnessing the Mechanobiology of the Glycocalyx to Influence Stem Cell Specification,” also recently received a 2017 Sloan Research Fellowshp, a prestigious early-career award given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation this year to only 126 researchers from 60 colleges and universities. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his master’s degree from Marquette University. “The Cottrell Scholar program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy by providing these significant discretionary awards,” said Silvia Ronco, the program’s senior director. Ronco added the program is designed to foster synergy among faculty at major American research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions. Cottrell Scholars engage in an annual networking event, providing them an opportunity to share insights and expertise through the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This year’s event will be held in mid-July in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to draw about 100 top educators from around the U.S. “Outstanding candidates are admitted to the ranks of Cottrell Scholars through a stringent peer-review process based on their innovative research proposals and education programs,” Ronco said.

Professor Kamil Godula named 2017 Sloan Research Fellow
Professor Kamil Godula named 2017 Sloan Research Fellow. Six early-career faculty members at the University of California San Diego have won prestigious 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships for achievements that mark them as the nation’s future leaders in science and technology. The campus’ six new fellows—which represent the biological and physical sciences, as well as engineering—were among only 126 researchers from 60 colleges and universities who received the honor this year. For more information click here

Professor Joel Yuen-Zhou Receives NSF CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Joel Yuen-Zhou, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC San Diego as a recipient of its NSF CAREER Award. This prestigious five-year award supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. The Award will support Yuen-Zhou’s research in molecular polaritonics and the resultant new opportunities for spectroscopy and control of charge and energy transport.

Professor Seth Cohen receives 2017 TREE Award.
Professor Seth Cohen receives 2017 TREE (Transformational Research and Excellence in Education) Award. The TREE award is designed to recognize the outstanding research and educational accomplishments of the community of Cottrell Scholars. Additionally, the award serves to encourage the improvement of science education at American universities and colleges. Congratulations Seth!

The CAICE has launched a web site for summer research opportunities
The Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) has launched a web site for summer research opportunities. For more information or to apply to one of these exciting opportunities please click here

Professor Kim Prather Named One of ‘Top 50 Women in Analytical Science’
Kim Prather has been named one of the “top 50 women in analytical science” by the Analytical Science magazine, which recently published its first ever all-women Power List, featuring “50 talented scientists who brilliantly represent the scope and impact of the analytical sciences.” “As always, we don’t proclaim that our Power List is definitive – influence is subjective,” said Rich Whitworth, editor of the magazine. “But given its future-facing focus, we do hope it’s predictive.” Prather, who holds the Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and is Director of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment, is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Nominations for the Analytical Scientist Power List were openly requested and reviewed by an expert judging panel consisting of well-respected scientists and the magazine’s editorial team to produce the final list of 50 women, which can be found online click here Since it began publishing in 2013, the magazine has published two top 100 and a top 40 under 40 power list. “Our Power Lists are intended to be a celebration of the whole analytical field – and our top 50 women list is no different in that respect; however, we do think it’s important for The Analytical Scientist to step up and highlight positive role models for young female scientists,” said Whitworth. “We also want to give the analytical community the opportunity to reflect on diversity and equality in general.”

Professor Seth Cohen recipient of the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Professor Seth Cohen recipient of the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar mentoring. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring recognizes faculty mentors who serve as effective advisors, advocates, role models and colleagues to their postdoctoral trainees, and who promote high standards of professionalism and research integrity. Dr. Cohen will be honored at the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on November 1, 2016 at Price Center Ballroom.

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Faculty Spotlight

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Amaro, Rommie

Computational Chemistry and Biophysics

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Baker, Timothy

Macromolecular, cryoelectron microscopy and three-dimensional, image-reconstruction techniques.

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Brydges, Stacey

Chemical Education: Development of context-rich curriculum; Use of collaborative learning strategies in large lectures; Communication of chemistry

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Burkart, Michael

Natural product synthesis/biosynthesis, Biological chemistry and enzymology, Metabolic engineering.

View profile for Bussey, Thomas
Bussey, Thomas

Chemical Education: Visual Literacy in Science, Biochemistry Education, Nano Science Education, K-20 Professional Development, and STEM Career Development

View profile for Cohen, Seth
Cohen, Seth

Bioinorganic and coordination chemistry. Metalloprotein inhibitors and supramolecular materials.

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Continetti, Robert

Dissociation dynamics of transient species, three-body reaction dynamics, novel mass-spectrometric methods

View profile for Crowell, John
Crowell, John

Materials chemistry, surface kinetics of metals/semiconductors, CVD, photo-induced deposition, thin-film spectroscopy.

View profile for Dennis, Edward
Dennis, Edward

Biochemistry: phospholipase A2, signal transduction in macrophages, lipid maps, prostaglandin regulation, mass spec of lipids and proteins.

View profile for Devaraj, Neal
Devaraj, Neal

Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular Imaging, Chemical Biology

View profile for Dixon, Jack
Dixon, Jack

Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Dual=specific Phosphatase, PTEN

View profile for Donoghue, Daniel
Donoghue, Daniel

Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs) in Human Cancer

View profile for Figueroa, Joshua
Figueroa, Joshua

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Small Molecule Activation and New Transformations.

View profile for Galperin, Michael
Galperin, Michael

Electron Transport in Condensed Phases. Dissipation and Relaxation Processes. Non-equilibrium Open Quantum Systems. Molecular Electronics.

View profile for Ghosh, Gourisankar
Ghosh, Gourisankar

Biochemistry and biophysics: transcription, signaling, pre-mRNA splicing, mRNA transport, protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions

View profile for Ghosh, Partho
Ghosh, Partho

Mechanisms of bacterial and protozoan pathogenesis, and host response against infectious microbes.

View profile for Gianneschi, Nathan
Gianneschi, Nathan

Bioorganic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Bionanotechnology, Materials, Synthesis

View profile for Godula, Kamil
Godula, Kamil

Nanotechnologies for analysis of glycan function during development. Glycomaterials for stem cell-based tissue regeneration.

View profile for Grassian, Vicki
Grassian, Vicki

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.

View profile for Hermann, Thomas
Hermann, Thomas

RNA as a Drug Target.

View profile for Jennings, Patricia
Jennings, Patricia

Biophysical chemistry: protein structure, dynamics and folding; 2, 3 and 4D NMR spectroscopy; PCR; equilibrium and kinetic-fluorescence, absorbance and circular dichroism spectroscopies

View profile for Joseph, Simpson
Joseph, Simpson

Molecular Mechanism of Protein Synthesis

View profile for Kim, Judy
Kim, Judy

Biophysical chemistry: Spectroscopic studies of membrane protein folding and dynamics

View profile for Komives, Elizabeth
Komives, Elizabeth

Structure, function, dynamics and thermodynamics of protein-protein interactions: NMR, mass spectrometry and kinetics

View profile for Kubiak, Clifford
Kubiak, Clifford

Inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry: electron transfer, catalysis, fixation and utilization of carbon dioxide.

View profile for Kummel, Andrew
Kummel, Andrew

STM/STS of gate oxides on compound semiconductors and adsorbates on organic semiconductor

View profile for Lindenberg, Katja
Lindenberg, Katja

Theoretical chemical physics: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; nonlinear phenomena; complex systems; condensed matter.

View profile for McCammon, J. Andrew
McCammon, J. Andrew

Statistical mechanics and computational chemistry, with applications to biological systems

View profile for Molina, Mario
Molina, Mario

Physical Chemistry: Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry; Chemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols; Air Pollution in Megacities of the Developing World

View profile for Molinski, Tadeusz
Molinski, Tadeusz

Organic chemistry of marine natural products, synthesis, NMR, and biomedical applications

View profile for Muller, Ulrich
Muller, Ulrich

Evolution of catalytic RNAs, and the Origin of Life

View profile for O'Connor, Joseph
O'Connor, Joseph

Organotransition metal; organic; physical organic; bioorganometallic; synthetic; and inorganic chemistry

View profile for Opella, Stanley
Opella, Stanley

NMR structural studies of proteins in membranes and other supramolecular assemblies

View profile for Paesani, Francesco
Paesani, Francesco

Theoretical chemical physics of complex interfaces of relevance to the environment

View profile for Perrin, Charles
Perrin, Charles

Physical-organic chemistry: stereoelectronic effects; hydrogen bonding; isotope effects; ionic solvation; naked anions; malonic anhydrides

View profile for Pomeroy, Robert
Pomeroy, Robert

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.

View profile for Prather, Kimberly
Prather, Kimberly

Environmental, physical/analytical chemistry: gas/particle processes of tropospheric significance; mass spectrometry; laser-based analysis techniques.

View profile for Rheingold, Arnold
Rheingold, Arnold

Inorganic chemistry: Small-molecule crystallography, synthesis of transition metal/p-block clusters

View profile for Rinehart, Jeffrey
Rinehart, Jeffrey

Inorganic, materials, and magnetochemistry

View profile for Sailor, Michael
Sailor, Michael

Nanomaterials: porous silicon, chemical and biological sensors, biomaterials, electrochemistry

View profile for Sawrey, Barbara
Sawrey, Barbara

Chemical education: development of computer-based multimedia to assist student learning of complex scientific processes and concepts

View profile for Schimpf, Alina
Schimpf, Alina

Spectroscopy, Inorganic Chemistry, Nanoscale Materials

View profile for Schmidt, Valerie
Schmidt, Valerie

Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, Organometallic Synthesis, Methodology Development

View profile for Sinha, Amitabha
Sinha, Amitabha

Experimental physical chemistry: photochemistry; laser spectroscopy; reaction dynamics of vibrationally excited molecules

View profile for Tauber, Michael
Tauber, Michael

Physical chemistry; Optical and magnetic spectroscopy; Fundamental studies of charge transport and solvation; Applications to energy conversion and energy storage.

View profile for Taylor, Susan
Taylor, Susan

Structure, Function, Dynamics, and Localization of PKA as a Prototype for the Protein Kinase Superfamily.

View profile for Tezcan, Faik
Tezcan, Faik

Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry; Metalloprotein structure, function and biosynthesis; Biomaterials

View profile for Theodorakis, Emmanuel
Theodorakis, Emmanuel

Synthetic, Medicinal, Bioorganic and Biological Chemistry, Methods and Strategies in Natural Products Chemistry

View profile for Thiemens, Mark
Thiemens, Mark

Atmospheric chemistry: physical chemistry of isotope effects; solar system formation

View profile for Toor, Navtej
Toor, Navtej

Structure and Function of Introns and Retroelements

View profile for Tor, Yitzhak
Tor, Yitzhak

Ligand-nucleic acid interactions; Antiviral and antibacterial agents; Fluorescent nucleosides and nucleotides; Cellular delivery vehicles

View profile for Trogler, William
Trogler, William

Inorganic chemistry: polymer chemistry; nanomaterials.

View profile for Villa, Elizabeth
Villa, Elizabeth

Structural Cell Biology, Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Multiscale modeling

View profile for Wang, Wei
Wang, Wei

epigenomics, cellular reprogramming, protein recognition, computational biology, systems biology

View profile for Weare, John
Weare, John

Physical chemistry: calculations of the dynamics of complex systems; theoretical geochemistry

View profile for Weizman, Haim
Weizman, Haim

Chemical education, Bioorganic chemistry

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Xiong, Wei

Investigation of charge transfer mechanism in nanomaterials with novel ultrafast spectroscopies

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Yang, Jerry

Bioorganic Chemistry, Molecular Self-Assembly, Molecular Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Bionanotechnology

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Yuen Zhou, Joel

Molecular photonics: theory

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Zid, Brian

Gene Expression Control During Stress; mRNA Localization to Membrane-Less Compartments


Events and Seminars

02/27/2017 (Mon) at 11:00 AM
Special Seminar
Professor Timothy Clark
Amine- and Phosphine- Directed C–H Borylation: Accessing Bifunctional Aryl Boronate Esters
02/27/2017 (Mon) at 11:00 AM
Thesis Defense
Steven Robert Schill
Probing Aerosol Mixing State and Composition via Direct Hygroscopicity Measurements of Highly-Representative, Laboratory-Generated Sea-Spray Aerosol
02/27/2017 (Mon) at 12:15 PM
Recruitment Seminar
Dr. Erik Debler
Exploring and Exploiting Life-Cycle Stage Reprogramming in Protozoan Parasites
02/28/2017 (Tue) at 04:00 PM
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Paul Brumer
Seeking Quantum Effects in Biological Systems: From Photosynthesis to Vision
03/01/2017 (Wed) at 09:00 AM
Special Seminar
Geraldine Richmond
Career Launch and Acceleration; Reflections on Today’s Scientific Career Options: What I Wish I Would have Known as a Graduate Student
03/01/2017 (Wed) at 09:30 AM
Special Seminar
Professor Geri Richmond
Career Launch and Acceleration Workshop
03/01/2017 (Wed) at 12:15 PM
Recruitment Seminar
Dr. Shane Gonen
Engineering new protein nanomaterials for Cryo-EM
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