Department News [Archived Here]The Bhandari Lab recently had their manuscript "Biochemical, Biophysical and Cellular Techniques to Study the Guanine nucleotide Exchange Factor, GIV/Girdin" accepted for publication in Current Protocols in Chemical Biology. The manuscript reports protocols they have developed/optimized for studying the signaling protein GIV and was co-authored by biochemistry graduate student Peter Nguyen in collaboration with the Ghosh Lab at UCSD. Congratulations to Dr. Bhandari!
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a 3-year $300k grant to Prof. Shahab Derakhshan through the Research in Undergraduate Institutions program. The proposed work was titled "Heavy Element Transition Metal Oxides; Low Dimensional Magnetism vs. Geometrical Magnetic Frustration" and the award will enable Derakhshan's team to study the impacts of various structural and electronic parameters in the resultant magnetism. Congratulations to Dr. Derakhshan and the Derakhshan Lab!
Prof. Fangyuan Tian, whose primary research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, thin films, and methane capture, recently received a CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) New Investigator Award to support her project titled "Using metal organic framework film as a drug-eluting stent coating" ... Congratulations to the Dr. Tian and the Tian Lab!
On Saturday April 23rd our Dept was honored to host the 2016 Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference, which was a great success! Students from 10 CSU's (LB, Dominguez Hills, Pomona, Fullerton, Northridge, Channel Islands, LA, Bakersfield, San Bernardino, San Marcos), 3 UC's (LA, Riverside, Irvine), and 10 private colleges presented 28 talks and 90 posters. The event was capped off by an incredibly entertaining and informative Keynote Address by Dr. Greg Weiss of UC Irvine and SAACS did a fantastic job of sponsoring this event!
The NIH funded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program is developing innovative means to recruit & develop the next generation of human health researchers. Our first cohort began working with research mentors in summer 2015. Profs. Buonora and Weers are the Director of the Research Enrichment Core and co-director of the student training core, respectively, and Profs. Mezyk, McAbee, and Sorin are developing curriculum for new research-infused courses.
The National Institutes of Health recently funded a 4-year grant for over $442,000 to Prof. Young-Seok Shon titled "Metalloenzyme Mimics with Unsupported Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts" to support the Shon group's research on understanding how near-surface steric controls, non-covalent interactions, and chiral interactions determine the catalytic properties of modified nanoparticles towards the model organic reactions relevant to biologically important transformations. Congratulations to Dr. Shon on his continued success!
Derakhshan's Lab recently published two papers: "Long-Range Antiferromagnetic Ordering in B-Site Ordered Double Perovskite" has been accepted in Inorganic Chemistry with MS graduate David Russell as the first author, and "Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Properties of the Two Polymorphs of Novel S =1 Osmate" has been accepted by the Journal of Solid State Chemistry with MS graduate Sophia Nguyen as the first author and Malinda Tan as the third author. Congrats to Team Derakhshan!
The Tapavicza Lab recently published an article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A on the dynamics of photoinduced ring-opening of cyclohexadiene. Former chem major Noel Baluyot and physics graduate student Travis Thompson ran more than 100 quantum chemical simulations and computed the time-resolved photoelectron ionization spectrum. The study was published in collaboration with Dr. Oliver Schalk and Prof. Tony Hansson from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, who measured the TRPES experimentally. Way to go Team Tapavicza!
Former Vas Lab undergraduates Charina Fabilane and Patricia Nguyen, and former graduate student Roy Hernandez recently published their findings on the "Mechanism of Lipid Binding of Human Apolipoprotein E3 by Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange/Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence Polarization" in Protein & Peptide Letters. This was the outcome of a collaborative project that was initiated with Dr. Claudia S. Maier of Oregon State University, Corvallis, when she visited CSULB as a seminar speaker.
The Weers lab recently published three manuscripts. With former students Jake Thistle and Daisy Martinon, they designed tryptophan variants in Galleria mellonella apoLp-III (Chem. Phys. Lipids 193, 18-23). In collaboration with Dr. Karin Crowhurst from CSU Northridge and with the help of MS student James Horn they are solving the NMR solution structure of G. mellonella apoLp-III (Biomolecular NMR Assignments), and with faculty from the University of Calgary they developed a biochemistry lab section on protein-membrane interactions (Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 44, 86-94). Congrats to Weers Lab authors!