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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.
  • Go International! See the new College of Sciences international programs Facebook page to learn about opportunities for study and research abroad.

Upcoming Events

Aug 24 First day of Fall classes
Aug 28Dept. Seminar – Lance Elliott , SDSU , GMCS-301, 4:00 PM
Sep 04Dept. Seminar – Prof. Roy Wollman, University of California, San Diego, GMCS-301, 4:00 PM
Sep 07 Labor Day, campus closed
Sep 11Dept. Seminar – Prof. Frank Gomez, California State University, Los Angeles, GMCS-301, 4:00 PM
Sep 25Dept. Seminar – Prof. Ryan Shenvi, The Scripps Research Institute, GMCS-301, 4:00 PM

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

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