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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


Wollman Lab Researchers Determine Dynamic Responsiveness of Biochemical Signaling Networks
Professor Roy Wollman's Lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego conducts research aimed at understanding biological signaling networks and the underlying principles that govern signal transduction. In a recently completed collaborative study, the Wollman Lab, along with researchers from UCLA, UC Davis, the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, and UC San Diego's Bioengineering Department and BioCircuits Institute, determined signaling dynamics enable cells to effectively distinguish signals from extrinsic noise substantially increasing the accuracy of biochemical signaling networks. Their research has been published in the journal Science (12/12/14 Issue) and was also featured in the online edition of The San Diego Union Tribune on 12/12/14. Congratulations Roy, Anna & Jason and the rest of the team! For complete research article click here

David John Lee to Receive 2014 Bruno Zimm Award
Congratulations to graduate student David John Lee (Burkart lab) for being selected as the 2014 Bruno Zimm Award Recipient! The award recognizes research excellence in the field of biophysical chemistry. This prestigious award provides a prize of $1,000.

Congratulations to the 2015 Recipient of the Silagi Undergraduate Award
Congratulations to Rhiannon M. Kennard (nominated by Dr. Michael Sailor) for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the Selma and Robert Silagi Award for Undergraduate Excellence! This annual award honors the top graduating undergraduate in the Divisions of Physical and Biological Sciences.

Tukey Researchers Find Liquid Soap Additive Causes Cancer
Researchers from Professor Robert Tukey's Superfund Research Center (SRC) at UC San Diego in collaboration with Professor Bruce Hammock's SRC at UC Davis have determined long-term exposure to Triclosan, an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice. The team's research was featured in the online editions of Time magazine on 11/17/14 and Chemical & Engineering News on 11/24/14; and their research paper has been published in the 11/17/14 early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For complete research article click here here

2014-15 Teddy Traylor Award Recipients Announced
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-15 Teddy Traylor Award: Lisa Adamiak (Gianneschi Lab), Mark Boerneke (Hermann Lab), Matt Sampson (Kubiak Lab), Sam Doyle (Tauber Lab), Jessie Peters (Toor Lab).

UC San Diego's ACSSA Receives Outstanding Student Chapter Award
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year UC San Diego's American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (UCSD ACSSA) has received the American Chemical Society's Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The award recognizes UCSD ACSSA for its outstanding programs and activities conducted during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Hermann Lab Finds Hepatitis C & Seneca Valley Viral Switches Share a Shape
Hermann Lab researchers, who are seeking small molecules potentially suitable as inhibitor drugs against pathogenic viruses, have determined the molecular structure of the viral switch in the Seneca Valley virus matches the L-shaped switch in the Hepatitis C virus. Their report was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 10/27/2014.

Devaraj Lab Determines Cell Membranes Can Self-Assemble
Professor Devaraj's Research Group determined that a self-driven reaction, through a process called native chemical ligation, can spontaneously assemble phospholipid membranes like those that enclose cells. Their report was published in the online edition of Angewandte Chemie (10/24/2014).

Toor Lab Reveals How Splicing 'Ties the Knot'
Within our cells illegible sections of genes known as introns are removed by splicing to produce coherent messages used as directions for making proteins. These excised introns have a unique branched circular shape known as lariats. Researchers in Professor Toor's lab have observed for the first time at atomic resolution how these ubiquitous lariat molecules are formed. Their report was published in the journal NATURE on October 9, 2014.

Pharmaceutical Companies to Share Data for Drug Design via New UC San Diego-Led Resource
Pharmaceutical companies will collaborate with researchers at UC San Diego to provide previously unreleased proprietary data for drug discovery through a new $3.7 million effort funded by the National Institutes of Health. The project, which is led by principal investigators Rommie Amaro & Victoria Feher from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Dr. Michael Gilson from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, includes a major subcontract to Rutgers University, directed by Dr. Stephen K. Burley of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank.


Message from the Chair

Seth M. Cohen, Chair

Faculty Spotlight

View profile for Kim Albizati
Kim Albizati

Chemical Education                                                 

View profile for Rommie Amaro
Rommie Amaro

Computational Chemistry and Biophysics

View profile for Timothy Baker
Timothy Baker

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

View profile for Timothy Bertram
Timothy Bertram

Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry

View profile for Guy Bertrand
Guy Bertrand


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 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 Pieter Dorrestein
Pieter Dorrestein

Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Mass spectrometry; Harvesting genomic information for therapeutics.

View profile for Joshua Figueroa
Joshua 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 Michael Galperin
Michael Galperin

Electron Transport in Condensed Phases. Dissipation and Relaxation Processes. Non-equilibrium Open Quantum Systems. Molecular Electronics.

View profile for Gourisankar Ghosh
Gourisankar Ghosh

Biochemistry and biophysics: transcription, signaling, pre-mRNA splicing, mRNA transport, protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions

View profile for Gourisankar Ghosh
Gourisankar 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 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 Alexander Hoffmann
Alexander Hoffmann

Biochemistry: signaling, transcription, computational network; stress and immune responses, apoptosis, proliferation

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 Douglas Magde
Douglas Magde

Experimental physical chemistry: photochemistry and photobiophysics; pico- and femtosecond lasers

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 Ulrich Muller
Ulrich Muller

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

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 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 Emmanouil Theodorakis
Emmanouil 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 Hector Viadiu
Hector Viadiu

Laboratory of Structural Biochemistry: X-ray Crystallography and Cryo-Electron Microscopy of DNA Binding Proteins and Membrane Proteins

View profile for Wei Wang
Wei Wang

Inference of gene regulatory networks and determination of protein specificity

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 James Whitesell
James 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 Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang

Bioorganic Chemistry, Molecular Self-Assembly, Molecular Synthesis, Materials Chemistry, Bionanotechnology

Events and Seminars

Jan 5 2015 at 11:00 am
Special Seminar
Recruit Candidate Dr. Kevin Welsher
3D Multi-resolution Microscopy and Novel Nanomaterials for Biological Interrogation
Jan 6 2015 at 4:00 pm
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Mark Berg
Multidimensional Kinetics: Ultrafast to Ultraslow
Jan 7 2015 at 10:00 am
Special Seminar
Special Seminar: Assistant Professor Candidate Dr. Xin Zhang
How the Cellular Proteostasis Network Controls Protein Fate
Jan 7 2015 at 11:00 am
Special Seminar
Special Seminar: Assistant Professor Candidate Dr, Cathy Wong
Inter-Molecular Order at a Hidden Interface in a Small-Molecule Organic Semiconductor Thin Film
Jan 9 2015 at 11:00 AM
Inorganic Seminar
Professor J. Martin Bollinger
Demystifying the Chemical Magic of Non-heme-iron Enzymes in the Biosynthesis of Bioactive Natural Products
Jan 16 2015 at 11:00 am
Inorganic Seminar
Professor Jeffrey Long
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Hydrocarbon Separation in Metal-Organic Frameworks
Jan 16 2015 at 11:00 am
Special Seminar
Recruit Candidate Katherine Mirica
New Materials and Devices for Chemical Sensing
Jan 20 2015 at 4:00 pm
Physical/Analytical Seminar
Professor Lee Woodcock
High-level QM/MM Free Energy Simulations at Affordable Computational Costs