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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Message from the Department Chair


September 27, 2019:  Osma Gomez (Teprovich Lab) won first place for her poster at the 31st Annual Great Minds in STEM Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Her poster titled “Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) as Probes of Biological Systems” showcased her research investigating the use of CQDs as dyes for fluorescence microscopy and MRI contrast agents.  The MDA-MB-231 cells utilized for the cell viability and fluorescence microscopy studies were made possible through an ongoing collaboration with the Tamae group.  Congratulations Osma!

September, 2019: Research and Sponsored Programs is sponsoring Biochemistry undergraduate Kevin Abuhanna (Fischhaber lab) to attend the 20th National Minority Access Incorporated Conference from September 26-29th, 2019 in National Harbor, MD to present his research.  Kevin is one of only two students who will be supported to attend this meeting by Research and Sponsored Projects.  Congratulations Kevin!

August, 2019: The department was well-represented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, held this year in San Diego. Faculty members Miao, Minehan and Melikyan gave talks, as well as graduate student Kevin Ng (Minehan lab).  In addition, research posters were presented by Cal Weeks (Kelson lab), Nicole Babayans (Melikyan lab), and Benjamin Cordova and Saadman Ahmad (Tamae lab).

August 15, 2019: Congratulations to Dr Mads Andersen, who has been awarded an NSF RUI grant!  The award, titled "RUI: Far Ultra-Violet (172 nm) Photolysis of Gaseous Anthropogenic Pollutants" is a three-year grant worth almost $300,000. Congratulations, Mads!

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