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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


Barbara Sawrey Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society
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.

Professor Francesco Paesani Receives NSF CAREER Award
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

NIH Consortium Deploys Wang Labs' Epigram Software Enabling +100 Human Epigenome Mappings
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

Professor Robert "Skip" Pomeroy Receives 2014 UC San Diego Diversity Award
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 Selected as 2015 Inamori Fellow
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.

Dennis and McCammon Groups' 3D Enzyme Model Provides New Tool for Anti-Inflammatory Drug Discovery
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

Kara Finzel Selected as UCSD Representative for the Annual Graduate Research Advocacy Day
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!

Prather Research Group Embarks on CalWater 2015 Field Campaign
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.

Don Johnson selected as 2015 cohort member of the UCSD Chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
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!

Thiemens Research Group Reveals Mars' Climate 4 Billion Years Ago
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


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
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

Mar 2 2015 at 11:00 AM
Organic Seminar
Professor Justin Du Bois
Turning Toxins into Tools for the Study of Sodium Ion Channels
Mar 3 2015 at 4:00 pm
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Richard Averitt
Mar 4 2015 at 11:00AM
Thesis Defense
Zhaleh Amini
Design and Evolution of Trans-Splicing Group I Intron Ribozymes
Mar 10 2015 at 4:00 pm
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Arthur Suits
Mar 12 2015 at 9:00AM
Thesis Defense
Ben Madej
Cellular membrane dynamics and algorithms for studying their interactions with pharmaceutical compounds
Mar 13 2015 at 3:00PM
Thesis Defense
Eugene Lin
Development of Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy for Membrane Proteins and the Application to Vpu from HIV-1
Apr 6 2015 at 04:00 PM
Special Seminar
Miller Lecturer Professor Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy
Apr 7 2015 at 04:00 PM
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Joel Eaves
March 28, 2015
NOBCChE West Regional Meeting

Hosted by UC San Diego

April 11, 2015

Hosted by UC San Diego