Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

CSUN Cares: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with the university, is concerned about the well-being of our students. Please feel free to express those concerns when you obtain advisement this semester. In addition we have compiled a list of key resources here (or you can download our PDF). 




June 1, 2022: Congratulations to graduate student Janelli Pineda (Fischhaber lab), who was awarded a $1500 travel grant from CSUPERB! This grant will support a trip she will take next summer to a collaborator's lab at Columbia University Health Sciences Center in New York City. Well done, Janelli!

May 20, 2022: This afternoon we held our departmental awards ceremony, in advance of commencement in the evening, for the first time in three years! Undergraduate students Cynthia Avedian, Erick Gonzalez, Jonathan Hakimian, Oscar Arevalo Soto, Edward Bryan Huseman, Joie Yuson, Walter Torres, Vanessa Estrada and Christi Thomas have been given departmental awards for excellence in their academic and research endeavors. Graduate student Jander Cruz was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, and graduate students Isabella Crisostomo and Leticia Reque were co-honorees for the Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry. More details about the awards and awardees can be found on our department's Student Awards webpage. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

May 13, 2022: This semester we had one student successfully complete her MS Biochemistry degree. Congratulations to Hafridha Hadi, from the Fischhaber lab!  Hafridha has already landed a great job in the biotech industry - good luck your next chapter, Hafridha!

April 25, 2022:  Three of our faculty have been awarded RSCA grants from CSUN for their research! Dr Jeffery Charonnat was awarded a $5,000 min-grant, and Drs. Miao and Ye were each awarded 3 units of release time for the upcoming academic year.  Congratulations to everyone!

April 7, 2022: The Teprovich group has published an article titled “Closo-borate gel polymer electrolytes with remarkable electrochemical stability and a wide operating temperature window” in the journal Advanced Science.  Matthew Green (current graduate student), Katty Kaydanik (former graduate student), and Miguel Orozco (former undergraduate student) are all coauthors on the manuscript.  This research is funded by the NSF’s LEAPS-MPS program (award No. 2137973).  This work features a gel polymer electrolyte that enables a lithium ion battery (LIB) to operate at -35 °C and allows for the fabrication of a flexible LIB.  The article can be accessed online.

April 1, 2022: Numerous students from our department presented their research projects at CSUNposium, which was held virtually again this year. Several of our participants won awards in their respective categories. Congratulations to graduate students Matthew Green (Teprovich lab) and Jander Cruz (Eller lab), who won first and second place, respectively, in their 10-minute oral presentations group! First place honors also go to undergraduate student Christi Thomas (Medh lab) for her poster. Congratulations to all of our students for their efforts!

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