News & Events

Senior Iowis Zhu, Double Degree Candidate in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, Named University Medalist
  • Posted: May 16, 2016

He is, quite simply, a “force of nature,” says Associate Professor Jason D. Kahn, who supervised Zhu in his Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry lab.

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Jack Tossell, emeritus Professor of Chemistry, passed away on April 25 after a long battle with cancer
  • Posted: May 2, 2016

Jack was born in Norwalk, Ohio and attended the University of Chicago, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1966.  (more…)

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Professor Christopher Jarzynski has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Posted: April 25, 2016

With this honor, Professor Jarzynski joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academic, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

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Dr. Myles Poulin to Join Maryland’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Posted: April 12, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Myles Poulin will join the Department this summer as an Assistant Professor. (more…)

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Brenna Hodges, class of 2015 for Chemistry has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Posted: March 6, 2016

Brenna Hodges, class of 2015 for Chemistry with a minor in Statistics, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.  (more…)

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Dr. Osvaldo Gutierrez joins the faculty in June, 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry
  • Posted: February 19, 2016

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is delighted to announce that Osvaldo Gutierrez will join the faculty in June 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. Osvaldo is currently a  Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Marisa C. Kozlowski, where he is applying powerful computational and experimental tools towards the rational design of new catalysts and ligands for asymmetric transformation.

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Efrain Rodriguez Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Posted: January 7, 2016

Assistant Professor Rodriguez received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (more…)

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GAANN Chemistry Doctoral Fellowships
  • Posted: October 8, 2015

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was awarded a new grant from the Department of Education via the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Needs (GAANN) program. This award will support five Chemistry PhD students each year for the next three years. Since first begun in 2006, the UMD Chemistry GAANN program has awarded GAANN Fellowships to 30 graduate students. [caption id="attachment_10715" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2016 GAANN Fellow

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Alum Matthew Disney (B.S. ’97, Chemistry) Receives 2015 NIH Pioneer Award – NIH
  • Posted: October 7, 2015

Congratulations to alum Matthew Disney, a 2015 NIH Pioneer Award recipient. Read more about his project titled "Using a Disease-Affected Cell to Synthesize Its Own Drug" here.

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Professor John Fourkas and collaborators discover how nanostructured surfaces direct cellular motion
  • Posted: September 28, 2015

New research reveals how cells get a foothold to move around in their environment

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