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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


Professor Michael Tauber Wins 2015 Academic Integrity Award
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Michael Tauber, was one of two UC San Diego faculty members to win the campuses 2015 Academic Integrity Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who has contributed significantly to creating a culture of academic integrity through research, teaching and service. Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Suresh Subramani, and Academic Senate Chair, Gerry Boss, presented the award to Professor Tauber at the 5th Annual Integrity Awards Ceremony held late last month. Congratulations Mike!

Erica Lennard Receives 2015 Employee of the Year Award
Erica Lennard, Director of Student Affairs for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named a recipient of UC San Diego's 2014-2015 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award (ESEOY). The ESEOY recognizes professional and support staff from across all Vice Chancellor areas and UC San Diego Health Systems, who have demonstrated exemplary service and made exceptional contributions to the UCSD and San Diego communities. Erica was recognized for her outstanding management of all aspects of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's educational enterprise which impacts more than 25,000 students each year. Chancellor Khosla presented Erica with the ESEOY Award at a formal ceremony held on May 19, 2015. Congratulations Erica!

Professor Roy Wollman Receives 2015-2016 Hellman Fellows Award
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Roy Wollman, has been selected as a 2015-2016 Hellman Fellows Fund Award recipient. The Hellman Fellowship Program was established by the late Warren Hellman and his wife, Chris, to provide financial support and encouragement to promising young faculty who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities, and to enhance their progress towards tenure. To date the Hellman Fund has committed over $5 million to the Hellman Fellowship Program at UC San Diego. Congratulations on this impressive award Roy!

Labs of Professors’ Burkart and Pomeroy Join Biology’s Cal-CAB to Produce Worlds 1st Algae Surfboard
Chemistry students from the laboratories of Professors’ Michael Burkart and Skip Pomeroy joined forces with members of Division of Biological Sciences Professor Steve Mayfield’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology (Cal-CAB) to produce the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. The students were able to chemically change the oil obtained from laboratory algae into a polyol that when mixed with the right catalyst expands into a foam-like substance that hardens into the polyurethane the forms a surfboard’s core. The group successfully worked with local surfboard core manufacturer, Arctic Foam, to produce the board. The first manufactured algae-based surfboard was presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Congratulations all!

Chancellor Nominates Student Affairs Director Erica Lennard for San Diego's 2015 YWCA TWIN Awards
Erica Lennard, Director of Student Affairs for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been nominated by the Chancellor's Office as UC San Diego's representative at the 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Awards. The TWIN Awards honor women for outstanding contributions to their workplace, community or industry. The YWCA of San Diego County will announce 2015 TWIN Award recipients at its 17th Annual 'In the Company of Women' benefit on May 21, 2015. Organizers for the event also include District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and County Supervisor Diane Jacobs. Congratulations Erica!

Devaraj Lab Develops Technique Enabling the Targeted Placement of Proteins to Phospholipid Membranes
Devaraj Lab researchers demonstrated the first modular system for targeting proteins to phospholipid membranes in a controlled and homogeneous fashion using SNAP-tags. Professor Neal Devaraj, graduate student researcher Andrew Rudd, and undergraduate student Joan Valls Cuevas reported their findings in a research paper published in the April 1, 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and the April 20, 2015 online edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Congratulations to the Devaraj team! For the full research report click here

Amaro Lab's Jamie Schiffer Wins NVIDIA GPU Award at ACS Spring 2015 National Meeting
Jamie Schiffer, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and member of the Amaro Lab, won the NVIDIA GPU Award for Best GPU Poster at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2015 National Meeting held in Denver in March. The ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry (COMP) and NVIDIA Corporation determine the recipient of the award based on researchers who have demonstrated outstanding computational chemistry research using a GPU, whether through programming new GPU-accelerated algorithms, existing GPU-accelerated software applications, or both. Jamie’s presentation entitled, 'Entropically Driven CK-ASB9 Interaction: How GPU-enabled Computing Provided Unique Insight into an Intrinsically Disordered 116 kDa Protein Complex', was selected as the grand prize winner from a field of over 130 entrants. Congratulations Jamie!


Message from the Chair

Seth M. Cohen, Chair

Faculty Spotlight

View profile for Kim Albizati
Kim Albizati

Chemical Education

View profile for Rommie E. Amaro
Rommie E. Amaro

Computational Chemistry and Biophysics

View profile for Timothy Baker
Timothy Baker

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

View profile for Stacey Brydges
Stacey Brydges

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

View profile for Michael Burkart
Michael Burkart

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

View profile for Thomas Bussey
Thomas Bussey

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

View profile for Seth Cohen
Seth Cohen

Bioinorganic and coordination chemistry. Metalloprotein inhibitors and supramolecular materials.

View profile for Robert Continetti
Robert Continetti

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

View profile for John Crowell
John Crowell

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

View profile for Edward Dennis
Edward Dennis

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

View profile for Neal Devaraj
Neal Devaraj

Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular Imaging, Electrochemistry

View profile for Jack Dixon
Jack Dixon

Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Dual=specific Phosphatase, PTEN

View profile for Daniel Donoghue
Daniel Donoghue

Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs) in Human Cancer

View profile for Josh Figueroa
Josh Figueroa

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

View profile for Marye Anne Fox
Marye Anne Fox

Physical organic chemistry; photochemistry; nanoscience of organized arrays.

View profile for Misha Galperin
Misha Galperin

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

View profile for Gouri Ghosh
Gouri Ghosh

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

View profile for Partho Ghosh
Partho Ghosh

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

View profile for Nathan Gianneschi
Nathan Gianneschi

Bioorganic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Bionanotechnology, Materials, Synthesis

View profile for Kamil Godula
Kamil Godula

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

View profile for Carlos Guerrero
Carlos Guerrero

Chemical synthesis; synthesis-oriented organic chemistry; methods development; synthesis design; total synthesis of natural products.

View profile for Thomas Hermann
Thomas Hermann

RNA as a Drug Target.

View profile for Patricia Jennings
Patricia Jennings

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 Simpson Joseph
Simpson Joseph

Molecular Mechanism of Protein Synthesis

View profile for Judy Kim
Judy Kim

Biophysical chemistry: Spectroscopic studies of membrane protein folding and dynamics

View profile for Elizabeth Komives
Elizabeth Komives

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

View profile for Clifford Kubiak
Clifford Kubiak

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

View profile for Andrew Kummel
Andrew Kummel

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

View profile for Katja Lindenberg
Katja Lindenberg

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

View profile for J. Andrew McCammon
J. Andrew McCammon

Statistical mechanics and computational chemistry, with applications to biological systems

View profile for Mario Molina
Mario Molina

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

View profile for Tadeusz Molinski
Tadeusz Molinski

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

View profile for Uli Müller
Uli Müller

Evolution of catalytic RNAs, and the Origin of Life

View profile for Joseph O'Connor
Joseph O'Connor

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

View profile for Stanley Opella
Stanley Opella

NMR structural studies of proteins in membranes and other supramolecular assemblies

View profile for Francesco Paesani
Francesco Paesani

Theoretical chemical physics of complex interfaces of relevance to the environment

View profile for Charles Perrin
Charles Perrin

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

View profile for Robert Pomeroy
Robert Pomeroy

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 Kimberly Prather
Kimberly Prather

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

View profile for Arnold Rheingold
Arnold Rheingold

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

View profile for Jeffrey Rinehart
Jeffrey Rinehart

Inorganic, materials, and magnetochemistry

View profile for Michael Sailor
Michael Sailor

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

View profile for Barbara Sawrey
Barbara Sawrey

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

View profile for Amitabha Sinha
Amitabha Sinha

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

View profile for Michael Tauber
Michael Tauber

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

View profile for Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor

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

View profile for Akif Tezcan
Akif Tezcan

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

View profile for Emmanuel Theodorakis
Emmanuel Theodorakis

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

View profile for Mark Thiemens
Mark Thiemens

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

View profile for Navtej Toor
Navtej Toor

Structure and Function of Introns and Retroelements

View profile for Yitzhak Tor
Yitzhak Tor

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

View profile for William Trogler
William Trogler

Inorganic chemistry: polymer chemistry; nanomaterials.

View profile for Roger Tsien
Roger Tsien

Chemical biology; design, synthesis, and application of molecular probes of biological function

View profile for Robert Tukey
Robert Tukey

Environmental toxicology: The role of environmental and chemical toxicants on gene expression

View profile for Elizabeth Villa
Elizabeth Villa

Structural Cell Biology, Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Multiscale modeling

View profile for Wei Wang
Wei Wang

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

View profile for John Weare
John Weare

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

View profile for Haim Weizman
Haim Weizman

Chemical education, Bioorganic chemistry

View profile for Jim Whitesell
Jim Whitesell

Organic chemistry: studies of stereochemistry, both in a molecular and a supramolecular sense.

View profile for Roy Wollman
Roy Wollman

Spatio-temporal signaling control of biological self-organization. Signaling networks in innate immunity. Microscopy; Mathematical modeling; Computational image analysis; Systems Biology.

View profile for Wei Xiong
Wei Xiong

Investigation of charge transfer mechanism in nanomaterials with novel ultrafast spectroscopies

View profile for Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang

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

Events and Seminars

05/26/2015 (Tue) at 10:30:00 AM
Thesis Defense
Joshua Chan
Characterizing the Effects of N-linked Glycosylations on the IL-33/ST2 Axis through Experiment and Simulation
05/26/2015 (Tue) at 04:00:00 PM
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Rich Saykally
The Hydration Structure of Aqueous Carbonic Acid and Carbon Dioxide from X-ray
05/27/2015 (Wed) at 02:00:00 PM
Thesis Defense
Kaitlin Mallory Fisher
The Native Landscape of the Cytokine Interleukin-33: Exploring the Link Between Folding and Dynamics
05/29/2015 (Fri) at 09:30:00 AM
Thesis Defense
Lindsay Anne Dawson
The NMR structure and oligomerization state of the membrane associated p7 protein from Hepatitis C Virus
05/29/2015 (Fri) at 03:00:00 PM
Thesis Defense
Carrie R James
Artificial Informational Polymers and Nanomaterials from Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization
06/01/2015 (Mon) at 11:00:00 AM
Organic Seminar
Professor Alexander Statsyuk
Biochemistry and Pharmacology of the Ubiquitin System
06/01/2015 (Mon) at 01:00:00 PM
Thesis Defense
Maria Angelella
Electronic and Vibrational Studies of Perylene Diimide and Oligothiophene Triplet Excited States