Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry at the University of California San Diego, received the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from the California Air Resources Board. Considered the “Nobel Prize” in air quality achievement, the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards are given annually to individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions toward improving air quality and climate change science, technology and policy, furthering the protection of public health. The awards have since their inception in 2001 recognized individuals for career accomplishments in improving air quality in a number of categories. Board officials said they bestowed the award upon Prather in its Atmospheric Chemistry Research category to acknowledge her “pioneering work that has transformed our understanding of atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on atmospheric chemistry, climate, and the hydrologic cycle.” Prather joined the university in 2001 and has pioneered many aspects of the study of marine aerosols in the atmosphere, including the use of aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometers (ATOFMS) that can analyze the chemical composition of airborne particles in real time. Prather has used information about the nature of aerosols to understand how they influence cloud formation and precipitation and to understand the influence of pollution on climate.
Neal Devaraj, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, one of 13 faculty members nationwide to receive the honor. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of a faculty member’s appointment, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Devaraj will receive his award for his research project “Site-Specific Covalent Tagging of RNA for Live Cell Imaging and Affinity Purification.” He is the sixth faculty member at UC San Diego to receive the prestigious award. The foundation said the 13 faculty members receiving awards this year “are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education.” “The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award is the Dreyfus Foundation’s flagship program,” said Mark Cardillo, executive director of The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. “The award supports exceptional young academic researchers at an early and crucial stage of their careers. They are selected based on their independent contributions to both research in the chemical sciences and education.” Since its inception in 1970, the Teacher-Scholar program has awarded over $45 million to support emerging young leaders in the chemical sciences. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences. It was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus in honor of his brother Henry. The Foundation's purpose is “to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world.”
Distinguished Professor Guy Bertrand has been named this year’s winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award. Bertrand received the award for “for his discovery of stable carbenes and their applications in organometallic synthesis and catalysis.” Bertrand studied chemistry at the National School of Chemistry in Montpellier and received his PhD from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. After being a CNRS group leader (French National Center for Scientific Research) at the University of Toulouse, and then at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS, he served as director of the Laboratoire d'Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée at the University Paul Sabatier from 1998 to 2005. From 2001 to 2012 he also was director of the UCR/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory that he created and since arriving on the La Jolla campus in 2012, he has been the director of UCSD/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory. Bertrand is a member of the French Academy of Technology (2000), the Academia Europaea (2002), the European Academy of Sciences (2003), the French Academy of Sciences (2004) and is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences (2006). He has recently received the Sir Ronald Nyholm Medal of the RSC (2009), the Grand Prix Le Bel of the French Chemical Society (2010) and the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2014). He is one of the associate editors of Chemical Reviews and serves as a member of the editorial board of several professional journals, including the Royal Society’s Chemical Science and Organic Chemistry Frontiers.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) selected Jeffrey Rinehart, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC San Diego, as a recipient of its 2016 Young Investigator Award (YIA). The three-year $510,000 award will support Professor Rinehart's research developing colloidally-synthesized heterostructured nanomaterials to produce smaller, stronger, more efficient computing components. The ONR YIP is one of the most established and selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Its purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development. Congratulations Professor Rinehart!
Congratulations to Allie Chen (Cohen Lab) on receiving the University of California Symposium for Chemical Sciences Dalton Transactions poster prize! The Symposium brought graduate students and postdocs from across the University of California together to network and star up new collaborations.
This system-wide award recognizes a career of sustained excellence in serving the Academic Senate, outstanding and creative contributions as evidenced by major impact on faculty governance and a demonstrated exceptional ability in working with diverse constituents of the university effectively. It is a richly deserved honor for her and a credit to our department and our campus. Please join the department in congratulating Katja on this important recognition.
Thank you for visiting the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Ours is
a vibrant and dynamic Department that combines research on the most consequential and revelatory scientific
areas with education aimed at building our future leaders and informed citizens.
The research we engage in is marked by its breadth — from atomic to cellular, from origins of life to climate change, from single molecules to systems level, from sustainable energy to cancer cures, from nanomaterials to solar systems, from infectious diseases to semiconductors, from RNA splicing to condensed phases, from protein structure to three-body problems, from lipid maps to stable carbenes, and so on. Along with these areas, we also engage in understanding how best to communicate scientific knowledge to our students. All these research efforts are made possible by the approximately $33M of sponsored research funds raised yearly by our faculty, and the array of advanced technologies acquired by our faculty to probe ever deeper into fundamental questions. Our faculty has been acknowledged for their creativity. We have Nobel Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and HHMI Investigators among others.
Research is but one facet of our efforts. The other central facet is teaching. In this, we seek not only to convey the wisdom of ages but also the excitement of new scientific findings. The changes in our daily lives that these discoveries are making are enormous, and the pace at which these discoveries are being made is ever increasing. This means that one of our fundamental tasks is to help students understand what lies at the forefront of knowledge, so that they can understand how best to address current and future problems. We find the daily engagement with students to be energizing, and view scientific breakthroughs to be on equal footing with those moments in which we are able to convey an idea so that a student “gets it.” We teach 22,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students in our courses. We have 1,000 undergraduate majors along with 40 Masters and 200 PhD students, and we train more than 100 Postdoctoral Researchers.
The Department recognizes that science is carried out in a societal context, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty, researchers, and students. Indeed, our faculty is one of the most diverse among Chemistry departments. However, we recognize much work remains to be done and we continue to work towards increasing diversity throughout the Department.
I hope you will take some time to look around and learn about the superb research and teaching going on in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Partho Ghosh, Chair
Computational Chemistry and Biophysics
Macromolecular, cryoelectron microscopy and three-dimensional, image-reconstruction techniques.
Chemical Education: Development of context-rich curriculum; Use of collaborative learning strategies in large lectures; Communication of chemistry
Natural product synthesis/biosynthesis, Biological chemistry and enzymology, Metabolic engineering.
Chemical Education: Visual Literacy in Science, Biochemistry Education, Nano Science Education, K-20 Professional Development, and STEM Career Development
Bioinorganic and coordination chemistry. Metalloprotein inhibitors and supramolecular materials.
Dissociation dynamics of transient species, three-body reaction dynamics, novel mass-spectrometric methods
Materials chemistry, surface kinetics of metals/semiconductors, CVD, photo-induced deposition, thin-film spectroscopy.
Biochemistry: phospholipase A2, signal transduction in macrophages, lipid maps, prostaglandin regulation, mass spec of lipids and proteins.
Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular Imaging, Chemical Biology
Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Dual=specific Phosphatase, PTEN
Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs) in Human Cancer
Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Small Molecule Activation and New Transformations.
Electron Transport in Condensed Phases. Dissipation and Relaxation Processes. Non-equilibrium Open Quantum Systems. Molecular Electronics.
Biochemistry and biophysics: transcription, signaling, pre-mRNA splicing, mRNA transport, protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions
Mechanisms of bacterial and protozoan pathogenesis, and host response against infectious microbes.
Bioorganic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Bionanotechnology, Materials, Synthesis
Nanotechnologies for analysis of glycan function during development. Glycomaterials for stem cell-based tissue regeneration.
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 in environmental processes and health.
RNA as a Drug Target.
Biophysical chemistry: protein structure, dynamics and folding; 2, 3 and 4D NMR spectroscopy; PCR; equilibrium and kinetic-fluorescence, absorbance and circular dichroism spectroscopies
Molecular Mechanism of Protein Synthesis
Biophysical chemistry: Spectroscopic studies of membrane protein folding and dynamics
Structure, function, dynamics and thermodynamics of protein-protein interactions: NMR, mass spectrometry and kinetics
Inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry: electron transfer, catalysis, fixation and utilization of carbon dioxide.
STM/STS of gate oxides on compound semiconductors and adsorbates on organic semiconductor
Theoretical chemical physics: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; nonlinear phenomena; complex systems; condensed matter.
Statistical mechanics and computational chemistry, with applications to biological systems
Physical Chemistry: Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics and Photochemistry; Chemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols; Air Pollution in Megacities of the Developing World
Organic chemistry of marine natural products, synthesis, NMR, and biomedical applications
Evolution of catalytic RNAs, and the Origin of Life
Organotransition metal; organic; physical organic; bioorganometallic; synthetic; and inorganic chemistry
NMR structural studies of proteins in membranes and other supramolecular assemblies
Theoretical chemical physics of complex interfaces of relevance to the environment
Physical-organic chemistry: stereoelectronic effects; hydrogen bonding; isotope effects; ionic solvation; naked anions; malonic anhydrides
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.
Environmental, physical/analytical chemistry: gas/particle processes of tropospheric significance; mass spectrometry; laser-based analysis techniques.
Inorganic chemistry: Small-molecule crystallography, synthesis of transition metal/p-block clusters
Inorganic, materials, and magnetochemistry
Nanomaterials: porous silicon, chemical and biological sensors, biomaterials, electrochemistry
Chemical education: development of computer-based multimedia to assist student learning of complex scientific processes and concepts
Experimental physical chemistry: photochemistry; laser spectroscopy; reaction dynamics of vibrationally excited molecules
Physical chemistry; Optical and magnetic spectroscopy; Fundamental studies of charge transport and solvation; Applications to energy conversion and energy storage.
Structure, Function, Dynamics, and Localization of PKA as a Prototype for the Protein Kinase Superfamily.
Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry; Metalloprotein structure, function and biosynthesis; Biomaterials
Synthetic, Medicinal, Bioorganic and Biological Chemistry, Methods and Strategies in Natural Products Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry: physical chemistry of isotope effects; solar system formation
Structure and Function of Introns and Retroelements
Ligand-nucleic acid interactions; Antiviral and antibacterial agents; Fluorescent nucleosides and nucleotides; Cellular delivery vehicles
Inorganic chemistry: polymer chemistry; nanomaterials.
Chemical biology; design, synthesis, and application of molecular probes of biological function
Structural Cell Biology, Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Multiscale modeling
epigenomics, cellular reprogramming, protein recognition, computational biology, systems biology
Physical chemistry: calculations of the dynamics of complex systems; theoretical geochemistry
Chemical education, Bioorganic chemistry
Spatio-temporal signaling control of biological self-organization. Signaling networks in innate immunity. Microscopy; Mathematical modeling; Computational image analysis; Systems Biology.
Investigation of charge transfer mechanism in nanomaterials with novel ultrafast spectroscopies
Bioorganic Chemistry, Molecular Self-Assembly, Molecular Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Bionanotechnology
Theory for molecular photonics
Gene Expression Control During Stress; mRNA Localization to Membrane-Less Compartments
Professor Venkat Gopalan
The Ohio State University
Mon, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM
MS Thesis Defense
Meng Yang Matthew Wu
Tue, May 24, 2016 at 01:00 PM
MS Thesis Defense
Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Urey Room 2102
Wed, May 25, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Prof. Karin Öberg
Wed, May 25, 2016 at 04:00 PM
Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
PhD Candidate Douglas W. Agnew, Figueroa Group
Chemistry & Biochemistry Doctoral Program, UC San Diego
Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Pacific Hall 4500
Professor Timothy R. Cook
University at Buffalo
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:00 AM