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December 8, 2017
This semester four of our graduate students successfully completed and defended their Master's thesis! Congratulations go to Lili Gonzalez-Osorio, Aaron Miller, Eddie Surinarintr and Casper Wong, all of whom have earned MS degrees in Biochemistry!
November 29, 2017
Dr Kayla Kaiser has been highlighted with a story in CSUN Today titled "CSUN Professor Uses Traditional Foods to Spread Cultural Insight in STEM". This semester, Dr Kaiser has offered an unique version of Science 100, in which food plays a central role to help illustrate some key concepts in science. Congratulations, Dr Kaiser!
October 31, 2017
Congratulations to the CSUN chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for being awarded an Honorable Mention from the ACS for their high levels of pro-chemistry and pro-STEM activities within CSUN as well as the surrounding community. The commendation goes on to single out faculty advisors Drs. Abrol and Kaiser, because, the letter states: "few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires." Well done, ACS chapter members!
September 29, 2017
Dr Abrol has published a chapter in a new book, "G Protein Coupled Receptors Part A", part of the Methods in Cell Biology book series published by Elsevier. Chapter 14, titled "Identifying multiple active conformations in the G protein-coupled receptor activation landscape using computational methods" was co-authored with collaborators Sijia Dong and William Goddard 3rd at Caltech.
September 17, 2017
Dr Andersen has published a manuscript along with undergraduate co-authors Jonathan Lengkong and Karen Vo, as well as collaborators in Copenhagen. The research article, titled "Atmospheric chemistry of hexanenitrile: Kinetics and products of the gas-phase reactions of CH3(CH2)4CN with Cl atoms and OH radicals" is currently available online at the website for the journal Chemical Physics Letters, and will be published in a future issue of the journal.
We are pleased to welcome a third new faculty member who is joining our department this fall (in addition to Drs. Ye and Teprovich): Dr. Aziz Boulesbaa will add a Materials Chemistry component to our Physical Chemistry subdivision. Welcome, Dr Boulesbaa!
Dr Tamae has contributed a chapter to a new book, "Targeted Biomarker Quantitation by LC-MS", which will be officially released by Wiley in August 2017. Chapter 18, written by Dr Tamae, is titled "Targeted LC–MS Quantification of Androgens and Estrogens for Biomarker Development", and covers an area of research in which he has extensive expertise. A portion of his chapter is also available on Google books.
July 1, 2017
Congratulations to Dr Vey, who has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor! Well done, Dr Vey!
June 9, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we will have two new faculty members joining our department this fall! Dr. Li Ye will be joining us as our very first faculty member whose research focuses on Chemical Education, and Dr Joseph Teprovich will join our Analytical chemists. Welcome, Drs. Ye and Teprovich!
May 31, 2017
Dr Miao has published a research paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters with collaborators at UC Irvine and in China. His manuscript, titled "Honeycomb boron allotropes with Dirac cones: A true analogue to graphene" is currently available online and will be published in a future issue of the journal.
May 22, 2017
Undergraduate students Elyas Alalli, Keerati Asawalapsakun, Adam Basma, Nicole Gardon, Kevin Kossick, Heather Nguyen, Yulduz Rakibova and Brenda Velasco as well as graduate students Kelly Hazen, Ismail Hossain and Marlyn Widjaja were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic and research endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Graduate student Aidan Kim was given the graduate student teaching assistant award, and we also honored college and university award recipients Anosh Dadabhoy, Kimberly Madhwani, Aaron Miller and Marlyn Widjaja. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!
May 22, 2017
Congratulations to all of our new Chemistry and Biochemistry program graduates! 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 9, 2017
Marlyn Widjaja (Crowhurst lab) has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship for Outstanding Research Promise from the College of Science and Mathematics! The fellowship, awarded to four deserving graduate students in the college per year, is worth $5000. This is the first time since 2010 that a student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has won this fellowship. Congratulations, Marlyn!
May 8, 2017
Congratulations to Kimberly Madhwani, who has been awarded a CSUN Outstanding Graduating Senior Award! Kimberly, who does research with Dr Medh, is one of only four students at the university to win this prestigious award. There is a news article about her and the other awardees at CSUN Today, and she will be honored at the commencement ceremony for the College of Science and Mathematics on May 22. Well done, Kimberly!
May 3, 2017
Our two newest Biochemistry faculty have each been awarded CSUPERB New Investigator Grants! Dr Abrol's proposal, titled "Understanding G protein selectivity in the biased signaling of dopamine receptors” and Dr Tamae's proposal, titled "Metabolic targeting of cancer cells via the glyoxalase detoxification system" have both been funded $15,000 seed money for their 18-month projects. Congratulations, Drs. Abrol and Tamae!
April 29, 2017
The department was well-represented at this year's SCURC (Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference), held at UCLA. Students from the Crowhurst, Medh, Melikyan and Oh labs participated in both the oral and poster presentation categories in their respective subdisciplines. Two of our participants won top prize in their category: Elen Artashyan (Melikyan lab) won for her oral presentation, titled "Cobalt-mediated radical cyclizations: Novel gateway to linearly fused carbocycles", and Sam Mahdi (Crowhurst lab) won for his poster presentation, titled "Structural and dynamic differences influence the affinity of RGS4 and RGS7 for Gαi1". Congratulations to all presenters, especially Elen and Sam!
April 27, 2017
We have two student winners of merit awards in College of Science and Mathematics competitions! Aaron Miller (Fischhaber lab) has won the prestigious Bianchi Outstanding Graduate Student award, and Anosh Dadabhoy has been awarded the Robert Nolan Scholarship. These are very competitive awards throughout the college, so we are excited with their success. Congratulations, Aaron and Anosh!
Dr Andersen has co-authored a chapter in a recently published book, titled "Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry (Volume 1)". His 98-page chapter is titled "Atmospheric Chemistry of Halogenated Organic Compounds". The book is published by World Scientific and is available from major online booksellers, including Amazon.
April 7, 2017
Our students did very well at the CSUNposium, held today on campus. Graduate students Ismail Hossain (Oh lab) and Kellee Eberle (Vey lab) placed first and second, respectively, in their oral presentation session (competing against students in Chem & Biochem, Mathematics and Physics). In addition, Sam Mahdi (Crowhurst lab) placed second in the undergraduate poster competition. Congratulations, Ismail, Kellee and Sam!
April 5, 2017
A team of Biochemistry students have made it into the final 5 competitors at this year's CSUN-wide Bull Ring entrepreneurship competition! Beginning as a project in Dr Fischhaber's CHEM 462 class, undergraduates Adam Freund, Jimmy Guzman Jr and Matthew Ledesma, under the team name "Omnigreen", will next compete in the final round on May 2. At stake are cash prizes (for the top 3 teams) and in-kind sponsorships to advance their company's development. Good luck, team Omnigreen!
March 27, 2017
Our scholarship winners have been announced! Graduate students Kelly Hazen (Charonnat lab) and Ismail Hossain (Oh lab) have each been awarded the Professor LeRoy Nyquist Memorial Scholarship in Organic Chemistry and undergraduate student Adam Basma (Miao lab) has been awarded the Dr. Lan K. Wong Undergraduate Research Scholarship to help support their research activities. In addition, undergraduate student Yulduz Rakibova (Fischhaber lab) has been awarded the Patricia A. Maloney Student Travel Award to help fund her trip to an upcoming scientific conference. Congratulations to all the awardees!
January 7, 2017
At the 29th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium that was held this year in Santa Clara, graduate student Aaron Miller was awarded the prestigious Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award (which includes a $2000 scholarship) for his extensive work as a teaching assistant in our General Chemistry labs. After receiving the award at the dinner banquet, Aaron made a short but very inspirational speech to the large crowd, talking about his passion for teaching and thanking his mentors. Congratulations, Aaron!
January 6-7, 2017
Seventeen students and six faculty from our department traveled to Santa Clara to attend the 29th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. Every student presented or co-presented a poster of their current research, and all attendees gained exposure to biotechnology-related resources, teaching and career opportunities, as well as a chance to talk science with department members and students/faculty from other CSUs.
December 27, 2016
Dr Melikyan has published his latest research paper along with former undergraduates Ryan Davis, Bryan Anker, Deborah Meron and Kellyanne Duncan. The article, titled "Acquiring a Prognostic Power in Co2(CO)6-Mediated, Cobaltocene-Induced Radical Dimerizations of Propargyl Triflates" has been published in a December 2016 issue of the journal Organometallics.
December 15, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry has been awarded to Marlyn Widjaja (Crowhurst lab). It is a cash award given to one promising graduate student in our department each year, and Marlyn will also be recognized at our graduation day reception in May. Congratulations, Marlyn!
December 12, 2016
A third paper in quick succession has been published by the Andersen lab. The article, titled "Atmospheric chemistry of (CF3)2CF-C≡N - A replacement compound for the most potent industrial greenhouse gas, SF6" has been published online in conjunction with his Danish collaborators in Environmental Science and Technology, and will be featured in a future issue of the journal. To further emphasize the importance of this research, it has also been highlighted in a very interesting article this week in CSUN Today.
December 7, 2016
Hot on the heels of his other publication, Dr Andersen has had another manuscript published: his paper appears in the January 2017 edition of the International Journal of Chemical Physics. The article, titled "Atmospheric Chemistry of CH3CH2OCH3: Kinetics and Mechanism of Reactions with Cl Atoms and OH Radicals", reports on research performed in collaboration with Danish collaborators.
November 29, 2016
The latest manuscript from Dr. Andersen has been accepted for publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The article, titled "Atmospheric Chemistry of Z- and E-CF3CH=CHCF3", with Dr Andersen as corresponding author and in collaboration with scientists in Denmark, is currently available online and will be published in a future issue of the journal.
November 25, 2016
A final manuscript from the Hajdu lab has been posthumously published by former Hajdu student co-authors Amir Keshavarz and Ligia Zelaya, in collaboration with Drs Radha Ranganathan and Jasmeet Singh in Physics. The article, titled "Activity-based targeting of secretory phospholipase A2 enzymes: A fatty-acid-binding-protein assisted approach" has been accepted for publication in Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. It is currently available online and will be published in a future issue of the journal.
November 1, 2016
Dr Vey has published her latest research paper in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The journal article, titled "Initial investigations of C4a-(hydro)peroxyflavin intermediate formation by dibenzothiophene monooxygenase" includes graduate student Lili Gonzalez-Osorio as first author as well as former undergraduate Kelvin Luong and graduate student Samatar Jirde as co-authors. The paper is currently available online, and will be published the December 2016 issue of the journal.
September 15, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Miao, who has been awarded 1.5 million core hours on the XSEDE supercomputers. This grant is worth almost $51,000 and will provide the Miao lab significant computational resources to continue their important research.
September 7, 2016
Dr Miao has published his latest research paper along with international collaborators and Dr Jorge Botana, a visiting scholar at CSUN. The article, titled "Iodine Anions beyond −1: Formation of LinI (n = 2–5) and Its Interaction with Quasiatoms" has been published in the September 19 issue of the journal Inorganic Chemistry.
August 24, 2016
Dr. Andersen has published a research paper with international collaborators in Sweden and Denmark. The article, titled "Atmospheric Chemistry of Tetrahydrofuran, 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran, and 2,5-Dimethyltetrahydrofuran: Kinetics of Reactions with Chlorine Atoms, OD Radicals, and Ozone" has been published online by the Journal of Physical Chemistry A and will be released in a print version at a later date.
August 22, 2016
The Melikyan lab has published their latest research paper. The article, with undergraduate co-authors Ryan Davis and Samantha Cappuccino, is titled "Acquiring and exploiting persistency of propargyl radicals: Novel paradigms"; it has been published online by the journal Organometallics and will be released in the print version at a later date.
Two of our graduate students successfully defended their theses over the summer: Shayla Brooks (Crowhurst lab) earned her MS degree in Biochemistry and will continue on to the PhD program at City of Hope. Jordan Carter (Schrodi lab) earned his MS Chemistry degree, and will continue this fall as a PhD candidate at UC Davis. Congratulations, Shayla and Jordan!
June 27, 2016
We are pleased and excited to announce that we will have two new biochemistry faculty joining our department this fall! Dr. Ravinder Abrol is a computational biochemist (focusing primarily on the structural basis of G protein coupled receptor signaling), and Dr. Daniel Tamae is an experimental biochemist (focusing on quantification and identification of changes in metabolic products in cancer cells). Welcome, Drs. Abrol and Tamae!
May 22, 2016
Undergraduate students Kayla Jane Conanan, Danny Resendiz, Patrick Keane, Maryam Ghiassee, Fred Fregoso, Robert Cohen Sedgh and Edwin Partiai were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Graduate student Aaron Miller was also given the Teaching Assistant Award and Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry, and Ligia Zelaya was awarded the LeRoy Nyquist Scholarship in Organic Chemistry. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!
May 13, 2016
Four of our graduate students successfully defended their theses in the Spring semester: Steven Ruark (Schrodi lab), Kaveh Vossoughian (Garrett lab), Alex Mantanona (Garrett lab) and Michelle Chan (Garrett lab) earned their MS degrees in Chemistry. Congratulations, Steven, Kaveh, Alex and Michelle!
May 5, 2016
MS Chemistry graduate student Ryan Davis has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! With 17,000 applicants and a 12% success rate, this is a very significant accomplishment! The award provides funds for stipend and tuition for three years. Ryan, who is currently a member of the Melikyan lab, will be taking his award to Yale University to join the Chemistry Department in the fall as a PhD candidate. Congratulations, Ryan!
We are pleased to announce that Dr Brenton Hammer will be joining us in the fall as a new faculty member. Dr Hammer is a polymer chemist, and will be joining the organic division of our department. Welcome, Dr Hammer!
May 1, 2016
Dr Schrodi has been awarded a renewal of his SCORE SC3 grant, titled "New robust olefin metathesis catalysts based on non-toxic and abundant low-valent molybdenum". The grant begins on July 1, and is worth $435,000 over four years. Congratulations, Dr. Schrodi!
April 22, 2016
Congratulations to graduate student Alex Mantanona, who has been awarded this year's Hugo and Irma Oppenheimer Award! The award, given to one student per year by the College of Science and Mathematics, honors a student's excellence in research and commitment to teaching. Very well-deserved, Alex!
March 25, 2016
Congratulations to Dr Crowhurst, who has been awarded a NIH SCORE SC3 grant! The award, which supports her grant proposal titled "In vitro and in-cell investigation of the acid-stress chaperone HdeA", is worth $435,000 over four years.
March 24, 2016
Five students from Dr. Curtis’ lab (Farnaz Aghabarari, Maryam Ghiassee, Megan Melnick, Heather Nguyen, and Kyle Tucker) presented posters at the 33rd Informal Symposium on Kinetic and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere, held at UC Irvine. Their work was well-received by the attendees.
March 11, 2016
Our newest faculty member, Dr. Miao, has been very active with his research: his first journal article from our department has been published! The article, titled "Electron counting and a large family of two-dimensional semiconductors" is being published by the journal Chemistry of Materials. It is currently available online and will be formally published in a future issue of the journal.
December 23, 2015
Drs. Fischhaber and Kelson have been busy in their research activities - they have published their second manuscript in a month! The paper, titled "Saw1 Localizes to Repair Sites but is not Required for Recruitment of Rad10 to Repair Intermediates Bearing Short Non-Homologous 3' Flaps during Single-Strand Annealing in S. cerevisiae" can be found in the January 2016 issue of the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. It is co-authored by undergraduates Melina Mardirosian (first author) and Claire Phan, as well as graduate students Linette Nalbandyan and Aaron Miller.
December 13, 2015
The Fischhaber and Kelson labs have published their latest manuscript, titled "Rad7 E3 ubiquitin ligase attenuates polyubiquitylation of Rpn10 and Dsk2 following DNA damage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae" in the December issue of the journal Advances in Biological Chemistry. The article is co-authored by former graduate students Joe Benoun and Destaye Moore, as well as former undergraduate researchers Danielle Lalimar-Cortez, Analila Valencia and Adriana Granda. The full article is available for downloading from the journal website.
December 2, 2015
Following closely on the heels of her first publication, Dr Vey has had a second manuscript published in the journal Acta Crystallographica (Section F), in collaboration with Dr. Howard Xu at CSULA, and with undergraduate student co-authors Cheryl Jordan, Brad Sandoval and Mkrtich Serobyan. The article, titled "Crystallographic insights into the structure-activity relationships of diazaborine enoyl-ACP reductase inhibitors" is available online in the December 2015 issue of the journal.
November 19, 2015
Dr Melikyan has published a new research paper in the journal Organometallics. The article, titled "Radical reactions of 1,4-alkadiynes: Metal coordination as an effective tool for controlling the regio- and stereoselectivity of the C–C bond formation" is co-authored with former undergraduate student Bryan Anker, and is available online at the journal website.
October 22, 2015
A manuscript has been published by Dr Crowhurst, in collaboration with Dr Paul Weers at CSU Long Beach and his student James Horn. The article, titled "Backbone and side chain chemical shift assignments of apolipophorin III from Galleria mellonella" has been posted online and will be published in a future issue of the journal Biomolecular NMR Assignments.
September 30, 2015
Dr Vey has published her first manuscript based on research performed at CSUN. Her paper, titled "X-ray crystal structure of DnmZ, a nitrososynthase in the Streptomyces peucetius anthracycline biosynthetic pathway" is available in the October 2015 issue of Acta Crystallographica Section F, and is co-authored with two of her former graduate students: Lauren Sartor and Charmaine Ibarra.
September 3, 2015
It is with great sadness we must announce that Dr. Joseph Hajdu died in hospital today after a sudden and brief illness. Dr. Hajdu started at CSUN in 1984 and over the years his teaching and scholarship has touched the lives of countless students and made him a valued faculty member of our department. Memorial service arrangements are still to be determined. Please keep his family and his students in your thoughts in these difficult hours.
August 18-20, 2015
Our department was well-represented at the Fall 2015 American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston: Drs. Hajdu and Melikyan gave short talks on their research, Dr. Melikyan chaired a scientific session, and his students Samantha Cappuccino, Ryan Davis and Michael Mousselli presented posters of their research projects.
August 17, 2015
Dr Curtis and his research students have been working on exciting research in the area of atmospheric chemistry. Their work was highlighted this week in an article in CSUN Today, which described the Curtis lab's efforts to explore how sea spray, smoke and smog can affect the Earth’s atmosphere. They use high-tech analytical chemistry equipment, including a custom-made cavity ringdown spectrometer, to pursue their investigations. The article highlights one example of the exciting research that is being undertaken with students within our department!
This summer we had a record number of students successfully defend their MS theses: Rhoda Gould (Melikyan lab), Yehan Zhang (Garrett lab) and Christine Dimirjian (Minehan lab) earned their MS Chemistry degrees, while Majib Jan (Medh lab) and Duan Trinh (Hajdu lab) received their MS Biochemsitry degrees. Congratulations to all of you and best of luck in your future endeavors!
June 5, 2015
It has been confirmed that Dr Maosheng Miao will be joining us as our newest faculty member in Physical Chemistry, starting in Fall 2015. Welcome, Dr Miao! We look forward to having you in our department.
May 18, 2015
Undergraduate students Bryce Clifton, Yvonne Diaz, Maryam Ghiassee, Jimmy Guzmán, Jr, Amanda Minzer, Robert Goon Sedgh Naseri and Braddock Sandoval were given departmental awards for excellence in their academic endeavors at a reception held in their honor this afternoon. Graduate student Alex Mantanona was also given the teaching assistant award. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!
May 8, 2015
Two of our graduate students successfully defended their theses in the Spring semester: Robert Pankow (Ogawa lab) earned his MS degree in Chemistry and Charmaine Ibarra (Vey lab) earned a MS in Biochemistry. Robert is moving on to pursue a PhD degree and Charmaine is becoming a researcher for the Army. Congratulations, Charmaine and Robert!
May 1, 2015
Two of our students earned second place honors at today's Sigma XI Student Research Symposium, held on campus. Congratulations go to undergraduate Ryan Davis (Melikyan lab) and Alex Mantanona (Garrett lab).
April 28, 2015
Congratulations to Tania Benjamin for winning the Wolfson Scholar award! This prestigious award is given to only one outstanding student at CSUN per year, and it is the second year in a row that it has been given to a student in our college. Among her other activities, Tania has been active doing research in the lab of Dr. Schrodi. Congratulations, Tania!
April 24, 2015
Our students have been very successful this year in winning college awards! Congratulations go to Rowen Jane Odango (Heald Outstanding Junior), Kimberly Madhwani (College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Junior) and Ryan Davis (Leslie and Terry Cutler Scholarship)!
April 11, 2015
Congratulations to undergraduate Ryan Davis for winning the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award at the ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference (SCURC), held at UCSD! Ryan, a student in Dr. Melikyan's group, gave a presentation on his research, titled "Cobalt-complexed propargyl radicals: Transiency vs persistency". Very well done, Ryan!
April 9, 2015
This year we have had notable success in our nominations for the Faculty and Staff Awards from the College of Science and Mathematics. Big congratulations go to Dr Eloranta for winning the Bianchi Research Award, and to Dr. Garrett, who has won the Teaching Award!
April 3, 2015
Over 120 scientists from all over Southern California descended on CSUN to attend the 32nd ISKPPA (Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere). It was a one-day event that featured prominent speakers, posters, and a unique feature called "one-minute madness" where people had 60 seconds to advertise their posters. The event was organized by Drs. Andersen and Curtis from our department. Congratulations on a successful event!
Dr. Schrodi has published a chapter, titled "Mechanisms of Olefin Metathesis Catalyst Decomposition and Methods of Catalyst Reactivation" in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Metathesis: Catalyst Development and Mechanism (from Wiley-VCH). It is available from the Wiley Online Library, which is accessible through the CSUN library site.
March 30, 2015
Congratulations to Dr Melikyan for being one of thirteen winners of the 2015 Kennedy Center / Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award! He was nominated for this national honor by former student Christopher Wild.
March 6, 2015
Dr Melikyan has published an invited review article in the journal Accounts of Chemical Research, titled "Propargyl radical chemistry: Renaissance instigated by metal coordination". It is currently available online and will be published in a future issue of the journal.
February 13, 2015
Drs. Kayla and Mike Kaiser, joined by 40 CSUN student volunteers, hosted the highly successful "I (heart) Science Day". 113 6th-graders from Patrick Henry Middle School visited the CSUN campus to participate in fun hands-on science-oriented activities, including the Slime-Making activity presented by our department. More details can be seen on the event's Facebook page.
January 22, 2015
Dr Minehan, along with undergraduate students Harmanpreet Panesar and Jennifer Solano, has published a research article in the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. The article, titled "Synthesis and DNA binding profile of N-mono- and N,N′-disubstituted indolo[3,2-b]carbazoles" will be published in the March 14 issue of the journal.
January 4, 2015
The Melikyan lab has published their latest research article in the journal Organometallics, titled "Assembling contiguous quaternary carbon atoms: Regio- and stereoselective rearrangements in cobalt-directed radical reactions of 1,4-enynes". Coauthors of the paper include graduate student Rhoda Hughes, as well as undergraduates Bianca Rivas, Kellyanne Duncan and Nare Sahakyan. The article is currently available online and will appear in a future issue of the printed journal.
December 23, 2014
We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of the 2014 Professor LeRoy Nyquist Memorial Scholarship in Organic Chemistry and the 2015 Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry are being awarded to Christine Dimirjian and Elena Korsakova, respectively. Both of these students will be recognized at our graduation day reception in May. While the Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry is familiar to our Department, the Professor LeRoy Nyquist Memorial Scholarship in Organic Chemistry is a new award that recognizes promising graduate students specializing in organic chemistry. Congratulations, Christine and Elena!
September 6, 2014
The Schrodi lab has published a research article with former graduate student Wing-Sy Wong deRieux and former undergraduate student Aaron Wong. The article, titled "Synthesis and characterization of iron complexes based on bis-phosphinite PONOP and bis-phosphite PONOP pincer ligands" is currently available online at the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry and will appear in the December 1, 2014 issue of the printed journal.
September 2, 2014
Dr. Fischhaber has been awarded her second SCORE SC3 grant from the NIH! Titled "Recruitment of End-Processing Factors in DSB Repair", the grant is worth almost $410,000 over four years. Congratulations, Dr. Fischhaber!
August 8, 2014
Dr Medh and her former graduate student Ryoko Kawashima have published a paper titled "Down-regulation of lipoprotein lipase increases ABCA1-mediated cholesterol efflux in THP-1 macrophages". It can be found in the August 8 issue of the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.
July 31 2014
Congratulations to Amir Keshavarz, from the Hajdu lab, for successfully defending his thesis this afternoon. He has earned a MS in Biochemistry degree, and will be moving on to a PhD program in the fall.
July 26 2014
Dr. Andersen has published a journal article, titled "Atmospheric chemistry of short-chain haloolefins: Photochemical ozone creation potentials (POCPs), global warming potentials (GWPs), and ozone depletion potentials (ODPs)" with two colleagues in the journal Chemosphere. The article is currently available online and will be published in the June 2015 issue of the print version.
Congratulations to Drs. Crowhurst, Curtis and Garrett for final confirmation of their tenure and promotion to Associate Professor! It was hard-fought and well-deserved.
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.
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 journal Advances in Biological Chemistry (DOI: 10.4236/abc.2013.33033)
June 27, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Vey for receiving a NIH SCORE SC2 grant! The award is worth more than $400,000 over three years.
June 25, 2013
Dr. Curtis has published a research manuscript in the journal Review 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 viewing online.
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 journal Protein 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 grant from 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 the August 23 issue of Organometallics. The paper has one graduate and one undergraduate co-author from the Schrodi group (Leonel Jimenez and Benjamin Gallon).
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 of Experimental Cell Research
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!
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.