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Chemistry and Biochemistry

NEW Message from the Department Chair regarding recent events

Special announcement

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will continue to offer distance learning delivery formats through the end of the summer semester, 2020.  There will be no on-campus face-to-face classes or laboratories during this period.  Primarily online formats will continue in the fall semester. Some courses may have an in-person component - please check the portal for details or contact the professor.

The Department’s main office, including student advisement, continues to conduct business remotely.  All general inquiries can be directed to or you can leave a voicemail message at (818) 677-3381.  We will respond as quickly as possible. 


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."

July 10, 2020: Congratulations to our colleagues for their promotion successes!  Dr Miao has been promoted to Associate Professor, while Drs. Abrol and Andersen have been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure.  Additionally, Dr Schrodi has been promoted to full Professor.  Congratulations again to you all!

June 4, 2020: Dr Abrol has been awarded a NIH SCORE SC2 grant!  The grant, titled "Probing the Structural Basis of Innate G Protein Specificity in G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling” is funded for 3 years and is worth $300,000 in direct funds to the lab. Congratulations, Ravi, on your first major grant at CSUN!  We are sure it is the first of many.


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