Pizza and Refreshments – Thursday April 5th – Chemistry and Biochemistry Grad Student Appreciation

Dearest Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Students,

In celebration of National Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week, we would like to invite YOU over for some Pizza and Refreshments! We are celebrating YOU and how much we all appreciate YOU! Tell your fellow Chemistry & Biochemistry grads!

Graduate Student Lounge

Urey Hall Annex 3060

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

We need to know how much pizza to order, so please, PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday:


Wednesday Wellness Workshops for Graduate Students

This lunch-time series provides information on campus resources that support the mental, physical, social, and financial aspects of the graduate & professional student experience.


RSVP to Iris Crowe-Lerma at
A minimum attendance of 5 students is required for workshop to take place.

Wellness Workshops for Grad Students – Spring 2012

Undergraduate Paid Summer Internship in Chemistry

Takeda California at San Diego

The internship is a laboratory position that involves the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel chemical compounds for drug discovery efforts. The intern will work closely with a medicinal chemist in a pharmaceutical research lab and learn synthetic organic reactions and techniques.

internship flyer

Special Seminar

UCSD-KACST Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine presents:

“Nanotherapy by self-assembling redox polymers

Dr. Yukio Nagasaki, Ph.D., University of Tsukuba and the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitechtonics

Thursday, March 29 at 3pm in room 1186 Pharmaceutical Sciences

Oxidative stress, or an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is involved in the pathogenesis of several diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ischemia-reperfusion injury following heart attack and stroke, and cancer. One approach to treating these conditions is to deliver agents that can scavenge ROS, thus preventing oxidative damage. A particularly effective group of such antioxidants are molecules containing nitroxide radicals; however, these agents cannot be delivered as free molecules because they are rapidly excreted and can induce apoptosis and decrease blood pressure. The Nagasaki group has developed a strategy to overcome these drawbacks: incorporating nitroxide radical as a side chain of the hydrophobic segment of an amphiphilic block copolymer and using the copolymer to form micellar nanoparticles.

Yukio Nagasaki Flyer

Postdoc Position on Nanoporous Materials Processing and Applications

A postdoc position is available in the Multifunctional Materials Research Laboratory (MMRL) in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), under supervision of Professor Yu Qiao ( ). The postdoc will be involved in researches on processing of a wide variety of nanoporous materials, including nanoporous ceramics, carbons, metals/alloys, and polymers, as well as their novel applications in energy-related and/or mechanical devices. The appointment may start from summer, 2012. Candidates should have experience in processing and characterization of nanomaterials, preferably nanoporous materials.

Applications or questions can be directly sent to Prof. Qiao at

Presentation: Graduate program at UCD

Are you interested in getting a PhD in Chemistry? Come learn more about the graduate program at UC Davis! Dr. William Jackson, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, will be on campus on Thursday, March 22nd. He will discuss the excellent UC Davis Chemistry Graduate Program, as well as share more information about the Sloan Fellowship Program which provides generous funding to selected students. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us for this great opportunity to learn more about graduate school! Dr. Jackson’s presentation will be on Thursday, 3/22 from 2pm – 3pm in Pacific Hall 4501.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22nd, 2pm – 3pm
WHERE: Pacific Hall 4501

Dr. William Jackson:

UC Davis Chemistry Graduate Program:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:

The Sloan Fellowship
The UC Davis Chemistry Graduate Program is a member of the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program, only one of two programs on the West Coast selected to participate in the program!

Special Seminar

UCSD-KACST Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine presents:

Dr. Emily Cranston, Ph.D. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Friday March 23, 2012 at 1:00pm in room 145 Telemedicine Building

Her research aims to engineer biologically based materials to replace those from non-renewable resources. Her seminar will cover their work with nanocellulose, which is optically clear, naturally abundant, as strong as Kevlar or steel, inexpensive, biodegradable and non-toxic.

Dr. Emily Cranston Flyer