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Dept. Chemistry & Biochemistry

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California
91330-8262

Phone: (818) 677-3381
Fax: (818) 677-4068
E-mail: chemistry@csun.edu

Office: 2102 Eucalyptus Hall

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Northridge website. At CSUN we are committed to providing quality undergraduate and Master's-level graduate education. Our department offers ACS-certified Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. In addition, we offer Master of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry.


We offer small classes, individualized attention and hands-on learning using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Our faculty strive to maintain excellence in classroom teaching and in their research. Three of our full-time faculty have received the university-wide Outstanding Teaching Award, two have been recipients of the annual campus Outstanding Professor Award, and two have received the CSUN Jerome Richfield Scholar award for research. Our faculty are also committed to teaching through research; all of our graduate students and the vast majority of our undergraduates conduct research with faculty, often resulting in co-authored research publications.


The CSU Northridge Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an impressive record of student success. After graduating, many of our students have gone on to attend prestigious graduate and professional schools, and now hold important positions in their respective fields. If you are interested in our graduate program, we will be happy to arrange a tour of our department and to discuss with you the availability of financial support for your studies.


Once again, thank you for visiting our program online. We invite you to browse our website and learn more about our department. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.

 

Dr. Eric P. Kelson

Department Chair




News


  • March 14, 2014: Dr Fischhaber has published her latest paper, titled "SAW1 is Required for SDSA Double-Strand Break Repair in S. cerevisiae" with former undergraduate students Graciel Diamante, Claire Phan and Angie Celis as well as former graduate exchange student Jonas Krueger. It can be found in the March 14 issue of Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

  • Feb 3, 2014: The Curtis lab has had a manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Atmospheric Environment. The paper, titled "Size and mass distributions of ground-level sub-micrometer biomass burning aerosol from small wildfires" is co-authored by undergraduate Rintaro Okoshi as well as former graduate students Abdur Rasheed, Greeshma Chen Reddy and Clinton McCrowey and will be published in a future issue of the journal.

  • Jan 20, 2014: A manuscript from the Crowhurst lab has been published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Protein Science. The paper, with undergraduate co-author McKinzie Garrison, is titled "NMR-monitored titration of acid-stress bacterial chaperone HdeA reveals that Asp and Glu charge neutralization produces a loosened dimer structure in preparation for protein unfolding and chaperone activation".

  • Dec 17, 2013: A manuscript from the Melikyan lab, titled "Radical reactions of the cobalt-complexed propargyl acetals: Inter- and intramolecular variants" has been accepted for publication in the journal Organometallics and will appear in a future issue. The paper's co-authors include former undergraduate Ruth Sepanian and former graduate student Erin Voorhees.

  • Dec 2, 2013: Four graduate students successfully defended their research theses in the fall semester: Ryoko Kawashima (Medh lab) earned a MS in Biochemistry, while Sarah Gafvert (Miller lab), Muhammet Mammetkuliyev (Eloranta lab) and Clinton McCrowey (Curtis lab) earned MS degrees in Chemistry. Congratulations to you all and best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • Oct 1, 2013: The Melikyan lab has published its most recent manuscript in the October issue of the journal Dalton Transactions. The article, titled "Impact of reducing agent, temperature, and substrate topology on diastereoselectivity of the intermolecular coupling reactions, or how "free" are cobalt-complexed propargyl radicals?" includes student co-authors Louis Carlson, Nare Sahakyan, Arthur Floruti and McKinzie Garrison.

  • August, 2013: Dr. Hajdu has published a research paper, titled "Synthesis of mixed-chain phosphatidylcholines including coumarin fluorophores for FRET-based kinetic studies of phospholipase A2 enzymes" in the July-August issue of the journal Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. The paper is the product of a collaboration with Dr. Ranganathan in Physics and includes two former student co-authors (Manlin Wang and Susmitha Pinnamaraju).

  • August 3, 2013: Congratulations to our graduate students who successfully defended their theses over the summer! Jan Maly (Crowhurst lab) earned a MS in Biochemistry, and Soseala Tinilau (Curtis lab), Erin Voorhees (Melikyan lab) and Don Luong Tran (Kelson lab) earned MS degrees in Chemistry. Best of luck with the next stage of your careers!

  • July 10, 2013: Dr. Crowhurst has published a research manuscript, titled "13C, 15N and 1H backbone and side chain chemical shift assignment of acid-stress bacterial chaperone HdeA at pH 6" in the journal Biomolecular NMR Assignments. The article has been posted online and will appear in a future issue of the journal.

  • June 28, 2013: Dr. Fischhaber and former graduate student Justin Karlin have co-authored a paper, titled "Rad51 ATP binding but not hydrolysis is required to recruit Rad10 in synthesis-dependent strand annealing sites in S. cerevisiae". The article has been published in the June 2013 issue of the online journal Advances in Biological Chemistry (DOI: 10.4236/abc.2013.33033)

  • June 27, 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Vey for receiving a NIH SCORE SC2 grant! The award is worth more than $400,000 over three years.

  • June 25, 2013: Dr. Curtis has published a research manuscript in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, titled "A latched comparator circuit for triggering continuous-wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy", with his former graduate student Abdur Rasheed as co-author. The paper is available for viewing online.

  • May 21, 2013: Undergraduate students Jacob Gershbock, Aaron Miller, Lusine Simonyan, Daniel Tolentino and Guoqing Wang were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor in the afternoon. Graduate student Courtney Sams was also given the graduate student teaching assistant award. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

  • May 21, 2013: Congratulations to all of our graduating Chemistry and Biochemistry students! Your hard work has finally paid off - we wish all of you the very best in the next stage of your careers. Be sure to stay in touch and keep us updated on your future endeavors!

  • May 10, 2013: Congratulations to Courtney Sams and Wing-Sy Wong (MS Chemistry), as well as Joe Benoun and Keen Kim (MS Biochemistry) for successfully completing their Master's degrees! We wish you much success in your scientific careers! Keep in touch!

  • April 26, 2013: This year four of our students won prizes at the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium on campus. Congratulations go to Robert Pankow and Ryoko Kawashima, from the Ogawa and Medh labs, respectively, for winning first and second place prizes in their graduate student presentation session. In addition, we congratulate Bryan Anker (Melikyan lab) and Kenneth Cooper (Ogawa lab) for their first and second place positions in the undergraduate session.

  • April 10, 2013: We have three students who won prestigious college awards again this year! Congratulations go to Jan Maly (Crowhurst lab) for winning the Bianchi Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Harmanpreet Panesar (Minehan lab) for receiving the Bianchi Outstanding Undergraduate Award, and Melina Mrdroosian (Fischhaber lab) for winning the Outstanding Junior Award!

  • April 9, 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Curtis for winning the 2013 Tenure-track teaching award from the College of Science and Mathematics! The students are very lucky to have such a gifted teacher.

  • Feb 15, 2013: Four chemistry students won prizes at the 2013 CSUN Student Research Symposium: Vahe Darabidian and Nare Sahakyan (both from the Melikyan lab) received first and second place, respectively, for their oral presentations, while Robert Pankow and Kenny Cooper (from the Ogawa lab) received a second place prize for their joint poster at the symposium. Congratulations to all that participated!

  • Feb 14, 2013: A manuscript from the Curtis group, titled "A Portable High-Resolution Polar Nephelometer for Measurement of the Angular Scattering Properties of Atmospheric Aerosol: Design and Validation" has been accepted for publication in the journal Aerosol Science and Technology and will be published in a future issue. The paper has four student co-authors: Clinton McCrowey, Soseala Tinilau, Gabriela Calderon and Jung-Eun Koo.

  • Jan 15, 2013: Dr. Curtis has received a grant for the Summer Interdisciplinary Team Experience (SITE) in collaboration with Dr. David Klein of the Mathematics department. The award is worth $11,000 during summer 2013. Congratulations Dr. Curtis!

  • Jan 14, 2013: Dr. Schrodi's research group has published a paper in the January 14th issue of Organometallics, titled "Reactivation of a ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalyst". The co-authors on the paper are former graduate student Daniel Tabari and undergraduate student Daniel Tolentino.

  • Dec 14, 2012: Congratulations to Master's students Matthew Ryan (Schrodi lab), Nick Baca (Garrett lab) and Chikako Omura (Minehan lab) for successfully completing their theses and earning their MS degrees! We wish you all luck in the next stages of your careers.

  • August 20, 2012: Dr. Medh has published a manuscript in the journal Advances in Biological Chemistry. The paper, co-authored with former graduate student Diala Dahabreh, is titled "Activation of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma results in an atheroprotective apolipoprotein profile in HepG2 cells" and can be found in the August 2012 issue of the journal.

  • July 11, 2012: The Crowhurst research lab has published a manuscript, titled “Expression, purification and preliminary NMR characterization of isotopically labeled wild-type human heterotrimeric G protein alpha(i1)” in the August 2012 issue of the journal Protein Expression and Purification. The first author on the paper is graduate student Jan Maly.

  • May 30, 2012: A manuscript from the Minehan research lab, titled “Total Synthesis of Indole-3-Acetonitrile-4-Methoxy-2-C-beta-D-Glucopyranoside. Proposal for Structural Revision of the Natural Product” has been accepted and will be published in a future issue of the journal Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. The co-author on this paper is postbaccalaureate student Akop Yepremyan.

  • May 23, 2012: Dr. Melikyan's book, published in 2011 and titled "Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Antioxidants, Foods, Supplements, and Cosmetics" has been named as an award-winning finalist in the "Science: General" category of the 2012 International Book Awards, sponsored by JPX Media Group. This is the second time his book has been named as a finalist in a book award competition. Congratulations again, Dr. Melikyan!

  • May 22, 2012: This year students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have received three of the six available prestigious academic awards from the College of Science and Mathematics! Congratulations go to Michael Enos (Heald Outstanding Graduating Senior Award), Saemi Oh (Outstanding Junior Award) and Daniel Tolentino (Bianchi Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award).

  • May 22, 2012: Undergraduate students Michael Enos, Ryan Faulconer, McKinzie Garrison, Ivan Sanchez, Daniel Tolentino and Shuai Wang were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Graduate student Wing-Sy Wong DeRieux was also given the graduate student teaching assistant award. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

  • May 22, 2012: Congratulations to all of our graduating Chemistry and Biochemistry students! Your hard work has finally paid off - we wish all of you the very best in the next stage of your careers. Be sure to stay in touch and keep us updated on your future endeavors!

  • May 11, 2012: Congratulations to Master's student Daniel Tabari (Schrodi lab) for successfully completing his thesis and presenting his thesis seminar! He has earned an MS in Chemistry.

  • May 11, 2012: The Schrodi lab has published a new research paper, titled "Development of a Method for the Preparation of Ruthenium Indenylidene-Ether Olefin Metathesis Catalysts" in the May issue of the journal Molecules. The paper's co-authors are former graduate student Leonel Jimenez, undergrad Daniel Tolentino, and former undergrad Benjamin Gallon.

  • May 3, 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Vey for receiving a CSUPERB New Investigator award! The grant is worth $15,000 over the next 15 months.

  • May 2, 2012: Students in our department did well in the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium which took place on April 27. Special congratulations go to graduate student Judy Salandanan (Minehan lab) and undergraduate student Daniel Tolentino (Schrodi lab), who placed first and second in their respective competitions.

  • March 14, 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Crowhurst for receiving an RUI grant from the NSF! The grant is worth $436,000 over three years.

  • March 12, 2012: The Melikyan research lab has published a new article, titled "Cobaltocene-Induced Low-Temperature Radical Coupling Reactions in a Cobalt-Alkyne Series" in the March 12th issue of Organometallics. The paper has two undergraduate and two graduate student co-authors (Bianca Rivas, Stepan Harutyunyan, Louis Carlson and Ruth Sepanian).


  • ** For Departmental news pre-2012, please look at our Announcements page.