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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Joseph Hajdu

With great sorrow we announce that Dr. Joseph Hajdu passed away on September 3, 2015. Dr. Hajdu was born in in 1941 in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1956. He earned his B.Sc. Chemistry and M.Sc. Biochemistry degrees from Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1965 and 1967, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. After a postdoctoral appointment in Bio-organic Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1973 to 1976, Dr. Hajdu began his academic career at Boston College as an Assistant Professor. In 1984, Dr. Hajdu joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry (now the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) at California State University, Northridge where he passionately taught, researched, and published. Dr. Hajdu’s research interests included the catalytic details of lipolytic enzymes particularly that of phospholipase A2, total synthesis of antitumor-active ether phosopholipid derivatives, and the mechanistic investigation of metal complex activity in streptonigrin. A memorial service will be held for Dr. Hajdu on October 7, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. at the Orange Grove Bistro on the California State University, Northridge campus.


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 a significant number 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.

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Dr. Eric P. Kelson
Department Chair