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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

Distinguished Professor Lindenberg has been awarded the Plus Ratio Quam Vis medal
Distinguished Professor Lindenberg has been awarded the Plus Ratio Quam Vis medal by Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The Medal is awarded to distinguished individuals for their eminent service to Jagiellonian University. Previous recipients include Pope John Paul II and Nobel Laureate Dr. James Dewey Watson. More information on the award click More details.

UCSD ACS Student Affiliates earn Outstanding Chapter Award!
Congratulations to our UCSD ACS Student Affiliates for once again earning an "Outstanding" Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society!

Cliff Kubiak Wins ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry
The American Chemical Society (ACS) selected Clifford P. Kubiak, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, as the 2018 recipient of its National Award in Organometallic Chemistry (“Award”). The Award, established in 1983 by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, recognizes advancements having a major impact on research in organometallic chemistry. Professor Kubiak’s selection was based on his innovative research focused on chemically producing energy through artificial photosynthesis, catalysis and electrochemistry. Kubiak will be honored at an awards ceremony in Spring 2018 in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Congratulations Professor Kubiak!

Dr. Varnavas D. Mouchlis received the Hans Neurath Outstanding Promise Travel Award
Dr. Varnavas D. Mouchlis received the Hans Neurath Outstanding Promise Travel Award from the Protein Society. This is a prestigious award that recognizes exceptional research results of early-career scientists with outstanding promise and provides them with the opportunity to present their research at the Protein Society Annual Symposium.

2016-17 Recipients of the Department Outstanding Dissertation Award
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Recipients of the Department Outstanding Dissertation Award: Doug Agnew (Figueroa Lab), Sarah Barnhill (Gianneschi Lab), Kara Finzel (Burkart Lab), Naomi Handly (Wollman Lab), and Jamie Schiffer (Amaro Lab). This award was established to acknowledge the work of our most exceptional students. Eligible students graduated between June 14, 2016 and June 16, 2017.

Welcome Assistant Professor Alexis Komor
Dr. Komor was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Harvard University and received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology. Welcome Alexis!

Distinguished Professor Kimberly Prather finds differences in sea spray particle chemistry
Differences in Sea Spray Particle Chemistry Linked to Formation Processes of Drops by Bubbles in Breaking Waves. Sea spray aerosols which seed clouds over three-fourths of the earth are formed by “film” or “jet” droplets; exposing chemical distinction could improve climate models. For more information click More details.

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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.

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Bussey, Thomas

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

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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 Debelouchina, Galia
Debelouchina, Galia

Chemical and spectroscopic approaches for structural biology of complex biological systems

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

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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 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 Klosterman, Jeremy
Klosterman, Jeremy

Playing with molecules in 3D

View profile for Komives, Elizabeth
Komives, Elizabeth

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

View profile for Komor, Alexis
Komor, Alexis

DNA damage and repair; Genome editing; Chemical biology of aging

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 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 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 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 Dynamics and Molecular Conformations at Interfaces

View profile for Yang, Jerry
Yang, Jerry

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

View profile for Yuen Zhou, Joel
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

09/27/2017 (Wed) at 10:30 AM
Special Seminar
Seth Cohen
Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors
09/29/2017 (Fri) at 11:00 AM
Special Seminar
Professor Jessica Hoover
Catalytic Oxidative Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions: Development and Mechanistic Insights
10/05/2017 (Thu) at 12:00 PM
Biochemistry Seminar
Professor Amy Andreotti
Exploring the Conformational Switches Within the TEC Kinases; Molecular Tuning of the Immune Response
10/12/2017 (Thu) at 12:00 PM
Biochemistry Seminar
Professor Richard Kriwacki
Diverse Conformational Landscapes of Disordered Proteins; Roles in Small Molecule Binding and Phase Separation
10/16/2017 (Mon) at 11:00 AM
Special Seminar
Professor Patrick Holland
Nitrogen Fixation Using Low-Coordinate Iron Complexes
10/19/2017 (Thu) at 12:00 PM
Biochemistry Seminar
Dr. Zhe Liu
Visualizing Dynamic Gene Regulation in Single Cells
10/23/2017 (Mon) at 11:00 AM
Organic Seminar
Professor Eli Chapman
Changing the Drug Discovery Perspective
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