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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

Tehseen Lazzouni receives 2016 Employee of the Year Award
Tehseen Lazzouni, Recharge Analyst in the Business Office, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award. This annual campus award recognizes professional and support staff from across all Vice Chancellor and Health System areas, who have demonstrated exemplary service and made other significant contributions to the UC San Diego and San Diego communities. Congratulations Tehseen!

Amaro Lab’s Jamie Schiffer and Thiemens Group's Robina Shaheen Win 2016 Research Integrity Awards
Jamie Schiffer, a graduate student in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Doctoral Program and member of The Amaro Lab, and Dr. Robina Shaheen, a Project Scientist in the Thiemens Research Group, were two of eight awardees honored at UC San Diego’s 6th Annual Integrity Awards Ceremony. Ms. Schiffer won the 2016 Research Integrity Student Award, presented to the student whose efforts have contributed most significantly to creating a culture of research integrity on campus. Dr. Shaheen received the 2016 Research Integrity Ally Award, presented to the campus member or organization, whose voluntary activities and service in support of research integrity, go above, and beyond expectations. Congratulations Jamie and Robina!

Distinguished Professor Kimberly Prather received the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award
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.

Professor Neal Devaraj named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
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.

Dr. Bertrand named 2016 winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award
Distinguished Professor Guy Bertrand has been named this year’s winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award.

Professor Jeffrey Rinehart Wins 2016 ONR Young Investigator Program Award
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. To view the complete list of 2016 Awardees click here

UC Symposium for Chemical Sciences Poster Prize Recipient - Allie Chen
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.

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Message from the Chair

Partho Ghosh, Chair



Faculty Spotlight

View profile for Albizati, Kim
Albizati, Kim

Chemical Education

View profile for Amaro, Rommie
Amaro, Rommie

Computational Chemistry and Biophysics

View profile for Baker, Timothy
Baker, Timothy

Macromolecular, cryoelectron microscopy and three-dimensional, image-reconstruction techniques.

View profile for Brydges, Stacey
Brydges, Stacey

Chemical Education: Development of context-rich curriculum; Use of collaborative learning strategies in large lectures; Communication of chemistry

View profile for Burkart, Michael
Burkart, Michael

Natural product synthesis/biosynthesis, Biological chemistry and enzymology, Metabolic engineering.

View profile for Bussey, Thomas
Bussey, Thomas

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

View profile for Cohen, Seth
Cohen, Seth

Bioinorganic and coordination chemistry. Metalloprotein inhibitors and supramolecular materials.

View profile for Continetti, Robert
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 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

View profile for Figueroa, Joshua
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 Gianneschi, Nathan
Gianneschi, Nathan

Bioorganic chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Bionanotechnology, Materials, Synthesis

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 in environmental processes and health.

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 Komives, Elizabeth
Komives, Elizabeth

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

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, James
McCammon, James

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 Rheingold, Arnold
Rheingold, Arnold

Inorganic chemistry: Small-molecule crystallography, synthesis of transition metal/p-block clusters

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 Sawrey, Barbara
Sawrey, Barbara

Chemical education: development of computer-based multimedia to assist student learning of complex scientific processes and concepts

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 Trogler, William
Trogler, William

Inorganic chemistry: polymer chemistry; nanomaterials.

View profile for Tsien, Roger
Tsien, Roger

Chemical biology; design, synthesis, and application of molecular probes of biological function

View profile for Villa, Elizabeth
Villa, Elizabeth

Structural Cell Biology, Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Multiscale modeling

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

View profile for Wollman, Roy
Wollman, Roy

Spatio-temporal signaling control of biological self-organization. Signaling networks in innate immunity. Microscopy; Mathematical modeling; Computational image analysis; Systems Biology.

View profile for Xiong, Wei
Xiong, Wei

Investigation of charge transfer mechanism in nanomaterials with novel ultrafast spectroscopies

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

Theory for molecular photonics

View profile for Zid, Brian
Zid, Brian

Gene Expression Control During Stress; mRNA Localization to Membrane-Less Compartments


Events and Seminars

05/27/2016 (Fri) at 11:00 AM
Inorganic Seminar
PhD Candidate Douglas W. Agnew, Figueroa Group
Expanding the Chemistry of Low-Valent Manganese with m-Terphenyl Isocyanides
05/31/2016 (Tue) at 11:00 AM
Special Seminar
Professor Timothy R. Cook
Exploring Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly for Energy Conversion
05/31/2016 (Tue) at 04:00 PM
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Seogjoo Jang
Learning Design Principles for Efficient and Robust Light Harvesting From Purple Bacteria
06/01/2016 (Wed) at 01:00 PM
Thesis Defense
Clifford Rodereigh Woodford
Transducing Voltage Changes in Biological Systems to Fluorescent Signals via Small Molecules Using a Photoinduced Electron Transfer Mechanism
06/03/2016 (Fri) at 10:00 AM
Thesis Defense
Mark Andrew Boerneke
Ligand-responsive RNA switches: viral translation regulators, therapeutic targets, and tunable building blocks for nanotechnology
06/03/2016 (Fri) at 11:00 AM
Inorganic Seminar
Professor Wenyu Huang
Well-Defined Heterogeneous Catalysts with Superior Catalytic Properties
06/04/2016 (Sat) at 08:00 AM
Special Seminar
Various Speakers
1st Southern California Theoretical Chemistry Symposium
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