Aerial view of UCSD campus looking South
Geisel Library - Nobel Laureates at UCSD
Discovery of new atmospheric reaction garners prize
Natural Sciences Building
The crystal structure of a group II intron in the pre-catalytic state
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)
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
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
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, 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!
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!
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!
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 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
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!