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
UC San Diego Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member, Dr. Barbara Sawrey, was elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS is the largest scientific society in the world. Congratulations Dr. Sawrey.
UC San Diego Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Francesco Paesani, is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award. The highly competitive NSF CAREER Award was awarded from the Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods Program in the Chemistry Division and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to develop new theoretical and computational approaches for molecular-level computer simulations. The new methodology will enable computer simulations of condensed-phase systems with unprecedented accuracy, providing information on fundamental molecular processes from ion hydration in bulk and at interfaces to proton transfer and transport in solution. Congratulations on this impressive award Professor Paesani! For details on Francesco's NSF CAREER AWARD click here
Epigram, a software tool developed by Wang Lab researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC San Diego, contributed to the successful mapping of over 100 human epigenomes by the NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Program Consortium (REPC). The application, which analyzes DNA sequence motifs to predict the placement of chemical tags that control gene activity, enabled the creation of reference epigenome maps for 111 different tissue and cell types. The Consortium's research paper was published in the Feb. 19 issue of 'Nature'. Congratulations Wang Labs. For the complete research article click here
The Office of the Chancellor announced the selection of Robert S. Pomeroy, Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as a recipient of the 2014 UC San Diego Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity Award. The annual award recognizes individuals, organizations and students who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to diversity. Professor Pomeroy is an exemplary champion of diversity at UC San Diego, both on and off campus, through his involvement in educational outreach, mentoring, recruitment and professional activities. He will be honored at a formal ceremony on February 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Price Center West Ballroom. Congratulations Professor Pomeroy!
Russell Chan has been selected as one of three Inamori Fellows for 2015. The Inamori Fellowship Program at UC San Diego supports our best and brightest graduate students who will ensure the future of humanity through a balance of the scientific process and human spirit. This investment in our students is parallel to the Inamori Foundation's commitment to the Kyoto Prize that is given annually to those who have made significant contributions to the progress of science, the development of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. Chan is a graduate student in the lab of Professor Nav Toor.
UC San Diego researchers from the Edward Dennis and McCammon Groups in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Pharmacology have developed the first 3D computer models of PLA2 enzymes extracting their substrates from cellular membranes, an early step in inflammatory diseases such as asthma and arthritis. The new tools provide a better understanding of these enzymes and could help drive therapeutic drug development. The Groups' research was published in the Jan. 26, 2015 early edition of the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences". For the full report click here
The Graduate Research Advocacy Day is an annual event held at the State Capitol of Sacramento, led by all of the System-wide graduate deans. Each year, two students are selected from each UC campus to showcase how their UC graduate research is of value to the people of California and how it impacts areas that resonate with state leadership. Selected students accompany the dean of graduate studies to this event, all expenses paid. Congratulations to Kara Finzel (Burkart Lab) for being selected as one of the two UCSD representatives to accompany the Dean of Graduate Studies to the 2015 Graduate Research Advocacy Day in Sacramento!
UC San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry Professor Kimberly Prather, CalWater 2015 Project Co-Lead, and the Prather Research Group (PRG), embarked on the CalWater 2015 field campaign to study how California gets its precipitation. CalWater 2015 is an interagency/interdisciplinary group composed of researchers from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, UC San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. CalWater 2015 will utilize 4 aircraft, a research vessel and the Bodega Bay Marine Lab to study the impact aerosols have on precipitation levels of atmospheric rivers crossing California.
The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Chapter here at UCSD recognizes students who demonstrate academic and personal excellence, passion to foster an environment of support and to serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented. All in honor of Dr. Alexander Bouchet who embodied such qualities and was the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States. Congratulations to Don Johnson for being selected as a member of the 2015 cohort of the UC San Diego Chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!
In a collaborative study, scientists from Thiemens Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, conducted new analyses of the Martian meteorite, ALH84001, discovered in Antarctica in 1984. Researchers recorded detailed measurements of carbonate minerals contained in the meteorite that revealed a record of the climate on Mars billions of years ago. The research article was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences January 13, 2015 issue. For the full report click here