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  • Welcome to our two newest faculty members! The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is delighted to announce the appointment of two biochemists to our faculty, effective Fall 2015. Professor Christal Sohl studies structure-function relationships of enzyme mutations, and Professor Manal Swairjo studies tRNA biogenesis and will join SDSU's new Viromics Information Institute. Both labs focus on applications to human disease and use a wide array of tools, including x-ray crystallography, bioinformatics, kinetics, as well as techniques in molecular biology.
  • Congratulations to Vy Le Nguyen of the Cooksy lab, the 2015 Outstanding Student in Chemistry and Biochemistry! Vy will be recognized at the College Commencement exercises on May 16.

Upcoming Events

Jul 17 San Diego Medicinal Chemistry Symoposium; UCSD Price Center Theater, 8:30am-3pm
Aug 24 First day of Fall classes
Sep 07 Labor Day, campus closed
Sep 25Dept. Seminar – Prof. Ryan Shenvi, The Scripps Research Institute, GMCS-301, 4:00 PM
Oct 16Dept. Seminar – Prof. Joseph O'Connor, University of California, San Diego, GMCS-301, 4:00 PM
Nov 11 Veterans Day, campus closed

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Department Contacts

Department Chair: William G. Tong
Undergraduate Advisor: David Pullman
Graduate Advisor: Thomas Cole
Graduate Admissions: Douglas Grotjahn

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