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Our Department is committed to rigorous and innovative curriculum that focuses on developing problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills, and provides high quality education in chemistry and biochemistry. We offer a B.S. Chemistry degree program that is accredited by the American Chemical Society, as well as a B.A. Chemistry degree, a B.S. Biochemistry degree, and a research-intensive graduate program leading to M.S. Chemistry and M.S. Biochemistry degrees. Our award-winning faculty are vigorously involved in research projects with undergraduate and graduate students alike, and receive significant external grants and contracts annually. Our Department offers extensive opportunities for students to participate in novel research projects across a broad spectrum of areas in the chemical sciences. Our modern facilities are housed in the recently-built Molecular Life Sciences Center and the newly-completed Hall of Science. For further information, please contact our Department office or our academic advisors.

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Department Welcomes New Biochemistry Faculty in Fall '14: Dr. Deepali Bhandari

Dr. Deepali Bhandari

Assistant Professor Deepali Bhandari will join the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in August 2014. Dr. Bhandari obtained her undergraduate and MS degrees in Microbiology from Panjab University Chandigarh, India and worked in a biotech company for two years before joining the Ph.D. program in Molecular Biology at Loyola University Chicago, where she trained as a protein biochemist/cell biologist in the lab of Dr. Adriano Marchese, studying molecular mechanisms for downregulation of the chemokine receptor CXCR4. She continued her quest and training in the field of intracellular membrane trafficking during her post-doctoral work at UCSD and made important contributions to our understanding of regulatory aspects of membrane transport and autophagy. During her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Marilyn G. Farquhar, Dr. Bhandari studied regulation of growth factor receptor signaling and trafficking in normal and cancer cells. Dr. Bhandari's research focuses on a very fundamental question in Cell Biology: how do cells cope with and survive stress? She uses a variety of approaches including biochemical, genetic, proteomic and cell biology techniques to understand the basic mechanisms employed by cells to handle stress and determine ways to achieve pharmacological intervention in human disease. Dr. Bhandari would like to welcome new research students into her lab who are excited about exploring and learning about the eukaryotic cell. Interested students from diverse areas including biochemistry, microbiology, and cell & molecular biology are encouraged to contact her at to learn more about research opportunities in her laboratory. Dr. Bhandari will teach Biochemistry (441A) and Biochemistry Lab (443) when she joins us this Fall.

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UG and GRAD Scholarships Available The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has new research scholarships available for spring 2015 including two undergraduate awards ($2200) and one graduate student award ($5000). Applications are due on October 24, 2014. Click to download the Undergrad Application or the Graduate Application.

Slowinski becomes new Assc. Dean Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Chair Kris Slowinski has been appointed to fill a new Associate Dean position within the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. As interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Evaluation, and Advising, Prof. Slowinski will focus on curriculum, enrollment, scheduling, and oversight of the CNSM Academic Advising Center. Congratulations to Prof. Slowinski on his new appointment!

vas Lab Publication Prof. Vas' research team recently published their article "A Novel Pyrene Based Fluorescence Approach to Study Conformation of Apolipoprotein E3 in Macrophage-generated Nascent High Density Lipoprotein," which appears in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The article was co-authored by CSULB students Sea Kim, Shweta Kothari, Arti Patel, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab collaborator John Bielicki.

Acey Lab receives cash gift fot research Prof. Roger Acey recently received a $125,000 private gift to support his research program at CSULB. This is the largest private gift that the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has ever received and the largest private cash gift for research on our campus. Congratulations to Prof. Acey and the Acey Lab for their ongoing success!

Shon Publication Image The Shon Lab recently published their article "Mechanistic Insights into the Formation of Dodecanethiolate-Stabilized Magnetic Iridium Nanoparticles: Thiosulfate vs Thiol Ligands" in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The article is co-authored by MS student Diego Gavia and undergraduate Yeonjin Do, as well as collaborating author Prof. Jiyeong Gu of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, who studied the magnetic property of this iridium nanoparticle.

W&P Awards for Acey Lab Students Acey Lab researchers Kaycee Villarreal (left) and Nancy Trujillo (right) were awarded 2014 Women & Philanthropy Scholarships to support their research endeavors. During its short history, W&P has awarded more than 150 scholarships, totaling approximately $200,000, many of which have been awarded to Chemistry & Biochemistry students. We thus offer our thanks to W&P for their continued support!

ICSWEA Awards Students from the labs of Profs. Mezyk and Acey recently presented their research at the 24th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in San Diego, CA. Undergraduate DeeAnn Asamoto (Mexyk Lab, pictured) won first prize ($1000) in the student research competition and undergraduate Phuc "Sam" Nguyen (Acey Lab) won second prize ($500). Congratulations to both DeeAnn and Sam!

Award for Andrea Chen Department Lecturer Andrea Chen was honored with this year's Mayfield Award, named after Prof. Darwin Mayfield, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry from 1956 to 1989. The award is given annually to the outstanding instructor chosen via popular vote by CNSM students. Congrats to Andrea for earning such an honor!

Grant for Dr. Tapavicza Prof. Enrico Tapavicza received one of this year's CSUPERB New Investigator Grants, of which only eighteen were awarded across the entire CSU system. His research project, "Ab Initio Modeling of Vitamin D Photosynthesis in Solution," applies computation techniques to better understand the physics and chemistry of photosynthesis. Congratulations to Professor Tapavicza!

5 CSULB Scholarships to Dept students Department research students Brittany Daws (Mezyk Lab), JoAnna Milam (Derakshan Lab), Khai Nguyen (Sorin Lab, pictured), Lauren Olson (Mezyk Lab), and Sahar Roshandel (Schramm Lab) were awarded 2014 CSULB Student Summer Research Assistantships. Only 37 such awards were funded campus-wide. Congratulations to these young scholars on their success!

3 honored by University This year's University Achievement Awards honored three members of our Department: Prof. Stephen Mezyk (pictured) received the CSULB Outstanding Professor Award; Vas Lab graduate student Roy Hernandez received the Outstanding Graduate Research Student Award; and Prof. Vas Narayanaswami was awarded the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity.