Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Information about Commencement for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 graduates

Message from the Department Chair regarding recent events


September 14, 2020: Dr Miao, along with collaborators at CSUN as well as in Buffalo and China have published a review article, titled "Chemistry under high pressure" in Nature Reviews Chemistry. The article is now available online.

July 20, 2020: Dr Boulesbaa has published his first paper with CSUN student co-authors, in collaboration with a lab at Auburn University.  The article, titled "Ultrafast dynamics of exciton formation and decay in two-dimensional tungsten disulfide (2D-WS2) monolayers" is published online in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.  Chemistry graduate student Zeynep Eroglu is the first author, and chemistry undergraduate Olivia Comegys as well as physics graduate student Leo Quintanar are co-authors. Congratulations, Boulesbaa lab! 

July 15, 2020: Drs Abrol and Crowhurst have published a collaborative paper, with former students Sayuri Pacheco, Marlyn Widjaja and Jafaeth Gomez as co-authors.  The paper, titled "The complex role of the N-terminus and acidic residues of HdeA as pH-dependent switches in its chaperone function" will be published in the September issue of the journal Biophysical Chemistry. They were also asked to provide cover artwork (shown above) for the issue. The figure caption reads "HdeA is a chaperone protein activated at low pH. Through NMR experiments and MD simulations Pacheco et al. found that a hydrophobic client binding site is blocked at pH 7 by interactions with N- and C-terminal residues in the dimer. At pH 2, the HdeA chaperone becomes activated, in part, due to increased contacts between the N-and C-termini on each protomer, making the client binding site accessible."


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