Department News [Archived Here]Professor Richard N. Zare of Stanford University will visit our Department as the 2014 Allergan Distinguished Lecturer on Wednesday February 26th! We cordially invite you to attend Prof. Zare's two talks, including a general lecture at 11:00 AM and a research lecture describing his recent work on a new cell sorting method for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases at 4:00 PM. For more information, please click here!
B.S. Biochemistry major Kim Nguyen, who is currently pursuing research at USC Medical School, recently had two articles accepted in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, including her study "Is TOBI Therapy effective in not only eradicating Pseudomonas aeruginosa in CF patients but also in decreasing exacerbations?". Congratulations to Kim and her co-authors!
The CSU Program to Enhance Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium was held in Santa Clara, CA January 9-11, 2014. CSULB Biochemistry junior Patricia Nguyen (Vas Lab, pictured right) and Biochemistry senior Sam Nguyen (Acey Lab, Pictured below) both won the 2014 CSUPERB-Howell Research Scholars Award!
Acey Lab students were recently selected for their project "Heavy Metal Sponge" as a finalist team in the CSUPERB Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge, an early-stage biotechnology commercialization competition for CSU students. The I2P competition culminates at the Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, where Acey Lab members presented their work. (Pictured: Undergraduate students Nancy Trujillo and Sam Nguyen with Prof. Acey.)
The Schramm Lab has two upcoming articles including "p-tert-Butylcalixarene hexacarboxylic acid conformational switching and octahedral coordination with Pb(II) and Sr(II)" in Chem. Comm. and "Calixarene mediated liquid membrane transport of choline conjugates" in Eur. J. Org. Chem. Congratulations to Prof. Schramm, Chem & Biochem post-docs Xiang Zhao and Birendra Adhikari, and B.S. Chemistry candidate Ayu Fujii on their recent publications!
Prof. Shon's Lab recently published an article in Applied Materials & Interfaces describing the catalytic property of water soluble unsupported Pd nanoparticles. The paper was co-authored by former MS student Diego Gavia and current MS candidate May Maung. In addition, Prof. Shon also recently published a book chapter titled "Metallic Nanoparticles with Monolayers: Synthetic Methods" in the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRC Press).
Prof. Bu's grant proposal "Homochiral Crystalline Porous Materials for Enantioselective Applications" was recently funded by the National Science Foundation. The proposal "seeks to introduce new synthetic concepts and methods that can be employed to create homochiral porous materials as catalysts and adsorbents for the preparation of highly useful chemicals and pharmaceuticals." Congratulations Prof. Bu!
Derakshan Lab undergraduate Malinda Tan, MS candidate Sophia Nguyen, and former MS student Frederike Wrobel recently co-authored an article in the journal Inorganic Chemistry titled "Partial Spin Ordering and Complex Magnetic Structure in BaYFeO4: A Neutron Diffraction and High Temperature Susceptibility Study." Congratulations to Prof. Derakshan and his team!
Vas Lab B.S. Biochemistry major and 2013 CNSM Graduate of the Year Tuyen Tran co-first authored the article "Acrolein Modification Impairs Key Functional Features of Rat Apolipoprotein E: Identification of Modified Sites by Mass Spectrometry" which was accepted for publication in the ACS journal Biochemistry. This publication represents a multi-institutional collaboration with scientists and students at Lawrence Berkeley National lab, UC Davis & Nagoya University. Congratulations to the Vas Lab and their collaborators!
CSULB has allocated nearly $150k to purchase a Prodigy Cryoprobe for our new Bruker 400 MHz NMR to further enhance our NMR instrumentation. Congratulations to Prof. Michael Schramm and his co-PI.s Profs. Lijuan Li, Young Shon, Paul Buonora, Ken Nakayama, Eric Marniez, Jason Schwans, and Steve Mezyk for their efforts in upgrading the capabilities of our NMR facility!