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News & Events

News & Events

May 21, 2014
Undergraduate students Elyas Allali, McKinzie Garrison, Jacob Gershbock, Amanda Kuthi and Melina Mrdroosian were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Graduate student Miran Mavlan was also given the graduate student teaching assistant award. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

May 12, 2014
The department is extremely excited to announce that McKinzie Garrison, graduating this week with a BS in Biochemistry, has been awarded the Wolfson Scholar Award! This is the highest honor a student can receive at CSUN, and only one CSUN student per year is given this prestigious award. An article about McKinzie has been published in CSUN Today and she will be honored in a special ceremony at the Honor Convocation on Friday May 16th. Congratulations, McKinzie - we are so proud of your accomplishments!

May 12, 2014
An article has been published in CSUN Today that highlights the public advocacy efforts by Dr. Melikyan as a supplement to his book, published in 2010, which discusses some of the potential health dangers of certain cosmetics and popular dietary supplements.

May 9, 2014
Two of our graduate students successfully defended their theses in the Spring semester: Xiao Cai and Miran Mavlan, both from the Minehan lab, have earned MS degrees in Chemistry, and both will next move on to pursue PhD degrees. Congratulations, Xiao and Miran!

March 24, 2014
This year we have one student who has been honored with a college award: congratulations go to McKinzie Garrison for winning the prestigious Bianchi Outstanding Undergraduate Student award for her prolific research activities!

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 journalAdvances in Biological Chemistry (DOI: 10.4236/abc.2013.33033)

June 27, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Vey for receiving a NIH SCORE SC2grant! The award is worth more than $400,000 over three years.

June 25, 2013
Dr. Curtis has published a research manuscript in the journalReview 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 viewingonline.

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.

February 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!

February 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.

January 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!

January 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.

December 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 journalProtein 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 in 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 grantfrom 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).

December 16, 2011
The Minehan research lab has published a new article, titled "Intramolecular [2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reactions of Alkynyl Ether Derived Ketenes. A Convenient Synthesis of Donor–Acceptor Cyclobutanes" in the December 16th issue of Organic Letters. The co-author on this paper is undergraduate student Vincent Tran.

November 1, 2011
Dr. Melikyan's recently published book "Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Antioxidants, Foods, Supplements, and Cosmetics" was named as a finalist in the "Science" category of the USA "Best Books 2011" Awards nationwide competition, sponsored by the USA Book News. Congratulations Dr. Melikyan!

September 12, 2011
After a very long installation period, our 600 MHz NMR spectrometer is finally up and running! We now have a very high resolution state-of-the-art instrument at our disposal in the department!

July 22, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Melikyan for receiving a research grant from the NSF! The grant is worth $240,000 over three years.

July 7, 2011
Dr. Jessica Vey joined our department today as our newest biochemistry faculty member. She comes to us from a postdoctoral position at Vanderbilt University, where her research focused on structural characterization of G proteins by crystallography. Welcome, Dr. Vey!

July 1, 2011
Dr. Fischhaber has been granted tenure and has been promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Biochemistry. Congratulations, Dr. Fischhaber! Your hard work has paid off.

June 27, 2011
The 600 MHz NMR magnet has finally arrived! The transport of the magnet up to the 3rd floor in our small elevator was harrowing, but it was successfully carried out, after much sweating. Installation will begin this week in Citrus Hall and will take ~1 month.

June 15, 2011
Dr. J. Michael Kaiser joined the department today as our new Instrumentation Manager. Welcome, Dr. Kaiser - we are thrilled that you are here!

June 15, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Schrodi for receiving a SCORE SC3 grant from the NIH! The grant is worth $435,000 over four years.

June 6, 2011
Attention recent graduates and graduating students: if you are looking for a job that uses the skills you learned pursuing your Chemistry or Biochemistry degree, check out the AfterCollege jobs website, created for graduates of our department.

June 2, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Hajdu, who has been granted SCORE SC3 funding from the NIH! The grant is worth $435,000 over four years.

June 2, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Minehan for receiving a SCORE SC3 grant from the NIH! The grant is worth $435,000 over four years.

May 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Kelson for receiving a Research Development grant from CSUPERB! The grant is worth $15,000 over the next 15 months.

May 24, 2011
Undergraduate students Rana Akiel, Udara Ilandari Dewage, Marina Dykhne, McKinzie Garrison, Tram Le, Earl-Eugene Ringpis and Justin Waschk were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Former graduate student Sam Muhia was also given the graduate student teaching assistant award. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

Spring 2011
Congratulations to our Master's student Naveen Battala (Crowhurst lab) for successfully completing his thesis and presenting his thesis seminar in the Spring 2011 semester! He has earned an MS in Biochemistry.

May 11, 2011
Congratulations to graduate student Heemal Dhanjee (Minehan lab) for winning first place for his oral presentation in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences category at the CSU Student Research competition, held in Fresno last weekend. Excellent work, Heemal!

May 2, 2011
Congratulations to graduate students Seong-Jin Moon (Minehan lab) and Danielle Lalimar Cortez (Fischhaber lab) for coming in first and second place, respectively, at the 13th Annual Student Research Symposium for the CSUN Chapter of Sigma Xi, which was held on Friday April 29th 2011! Both students did an excellent job giving their oral research presentations.

April 28, 2011
Our new 400 MHz NMR spectrometer has arrived! The Varian 400-MR system has been successfully delivered, and installation will start next week in its new home in Magnolia Hall.

March 23, 2011
Dr. Gagik Melikyan will be honored as the 2011 Jerome Richfield Scholar on Wednesday March 23, and will present a seminar of his research, titled "Controlling Radicals: from Reaction Flask to Food and Body Preservation". The event will begin at 4:00pm in the Library Presentation Room.

March 18, 2011
A manuscript from the Minehan research lab, titled "[3,3]-Sigmatropic Rearrangement / 5-Exo-Dig Cyclization Reactions of Benzyl Alkynyl Ethers: Synthesis of Substituted 2-Indanones and Indenes" has been accepted and will be published in a future issue of The Journal of Organic Chemistry. The co-author on this paper is graduate student Armen Tudjarian.

March, 2011
A manuscript from the Kelson research lab, entitled "Single-flask preparation of polyazatriaryl ligands by sequential borylation/Suzuki–Miyaura coupling" has been accepted and will be published in the April 11, 2011 issue of Tetrahedron Letters. The paper has one undergraduate and two graduate co-authors from the Kelson group (Eric MacIntosh, Bertoldo Avitia and Samuel Muhia).

March 1, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Medh for receiving a SCORE SC3 grant from the NIH! The grant is worth over $400,000 for four years.

February 18, 2011
Congratulations to Heemal Dhanjee for receiving first place in the College of Science and Math oral presentation session at the 15th annual CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium! Heemal is a postbaccalaureate student in the Minehan lab.

January 3, 2011
Students: are you interested in doing research with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty? We now have a new website that posts research opportunities! The site shows who is looking for students and what type of commitment each faculty member wants. It will take some of the legwork out of your search and allow you to focus on faculty who want to expand their labs! Go to this page and check it out.

Fall 2010
Congratulations to our Master's students who successfully completed their theses and presented their thesis seminars in Fall 2010! MS in Chemistry recipients were Leonel Jimenez (Schrodi lab), Samuel Muhia (Kelson lab) and Bertoldo Avitia (Kelson lab).

December 15, 2010
Faculty member Dr. Gagik Melikyan has published a book, entitled "Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Antioxidants, Foods, Supplements, and Cosmetics". It is written for a broad audience, and questions the current consensus in these fields of study. It is available on Amazon.

October 20, 2010
The Minehan lab has published its most recent research in a paper entitled "Indium-mediated allylation of aldehydes, ketones and sulfonimines with 2-(alkoxy)allyl bromides" inTetrahedron Letters. The article is co-authored by a graduate student in the lab, Heemal Dhanjee. It is available online and was also published in this week's issue of the journal.

September 18, 2010
The National Science Foundation has awarded the department grant funds to puchase a new 600 MHz NMR spectrometer! This will provide an enormous boost to the research and teaching efforts of many faculty in the department and college. Dr. Crowhurst, the primary PI on this multi-PI proposal, will be significantly impacted: her primary research tool is high-field NMR, and until now she has travelled off-campus to run all experiments. The spectrometer will become the new centerpiece of our collection of state-of-the-art departmental instrumentation.

August 2010
A manuscript from the Melikyan research group, entitled "1,3-Steric Induction in Intermolecular Radical Reactions Mediated by a Co2(CO)6-Metal Core" has been published in the August 23 issue of Organometallics. The paper has two graduate student co-authors (Ryan Spencer and Aaron Rowe).

August 2010
A manuscript from the Schrodi research lab, entitled "A most convenient and atom-economic preparation of a highly active ring-closing metathesis catalyst" has been published in theAugust 23 issue of Organometallics. The paper has one graduate and one undergraduate co-author from the Schrodi group (Leonel Jimenez and Benjamin Gallon).

August 2010
A manuscript entitled "Use of specific glycosidases to probe cellular interactions in the sea urchin embryo" from the Carroll research lab, in collaboration with the Oppenheimer lab in Biology, has been published in the August 1 issue ofExperimental Cell Research

July 2010
A manuscript from the Melikyan research lab, entitled "Inter- and intramolecular isocarbon couplings of cobalt-complexed propargyl radicals: challenging the consensus" has been published in the July 17 issue of Tetrahedron.

June 21, 2010
Congratulations to Dr. Fischhaber for receiving a SCORE SC3 grant from the NIH! The grant is worth $418,693 over four years.

June 11, 2010
Congratulations to Dr. Crowhurst for receiving a SCORE SC2 grant from the NIH! The grant is worth $435,000 over three years.

June 11, 2010
Congratulations to Drs. Ogawa and Schrodi for receiving grants from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund! Each grant is worth $50,000 over two years.

May 23, 2010
A manuscript from the Fischhaber research lab, entitled "Rad10-YFP focus induction in response to UV depends on RAD14 in yeast" has been accepted for publication in Acta Histochemica and is currently in press.

May 18, 2010
Two students from the Department were awarded prestigious College of Science and Mathematics awards this year: Destaye Moore (MS Biochemistry) received the Bianchi Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Danya Smart (BS Biochemistry) earned the CSM Oppenheimer Award. Congratulations to Destaye and Danya!

Spring, 2010
Congratulations to our Master's students who successfully presented their thesis seminars in Spring 2010! MS in Biochemistry recipients were Justin Karlin (Fischhaber lab), Destaye Moore (Fischhaber lab) and Ryan Spencer (Melikyan lab), and Diala Dahabreh (Medh lab) received a MS in Chemistry.