Congrats Fall 2015 Teaching Assistant Excellence Awardees

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards for Fall 2015. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry bestows these awards quarterly in recognition of superior performance by teaching assistants.

Congratulations to the Fall 2015 recipients of the Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards!

Sarah Barnhill
Daniel Haack
Aashish Lamichhane
Joo Hee Lee
Jon Marc Rodriguez
Daniel Sheik

Ocean 180 Video Challenge Finalist: Graduate student Clifford Kapono

UC San Diego Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate student Clifford Kapono has been selected as a finalist in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge. Kapono and his collaborator, John Burns from the University of Hawaii, are one of nine finalists in the competition, which is sponsored each year by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. Pomaika`i Cliff!

Clear View of Nanoparticles Furthers Cancer Treatment Research

Clear View of Nanoparticles Helps Researchers Evaluate New Form of Cancer Treatment – Elizabeth Villa’s group uses a form of electron microscopy called cryoEM that avoids the need to dehydrate samples and stain them with heavy metals by flash freezing them to better preserve their natural structures.

Neurocrine Biosciences San Diego – Job Opportunity

Scientist (Discovery Analytical)


Key Responsibilities:
Development of chiral and achiral methodologies to purify small molecules using mass-directed HPLC and SFC technology.
Troubleshoot and maintain modern analytical and preparative instrumentation including hardware and software.
Collaborate with medicinal chemists to deliver the analytical solutions they require.
Analyze and interpret chromatographic data and reach conclusions independently.
Perform analytical and liquid handling tasks to purify, analyze, and format final compounds into formats ready for in-vitro biological assays.



Requires a minimum of a BS with 4+ years industry experience or equivalent
Experience with normal and reverse phase HPLC, SFC, UV, mass spectrometry, and other analytical detection techniques
Ability to think critically when faced with a wide range of scientific problems
Experience with liquid handling, robotics, and automation
Experience in data analysis, common productivity software, and database management
Experience with Chromeleon software is a plus
Strong communication skills


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HealthHack: Saturday, February 27

HealthHack Is Here

Register Now

Saturday, February 27th

Qualcomm Room, Jacobs Building

Engineering World Health at UCSD is hosting its second annual HealthHack, a multidisciplinary hackathon for all majors.You will be presented with a real global health issue and have the entire day to work with a team and come up with an innovative and exciting solution. You will get the opportunity to work with tools such as biosensors, 3D printers, design software, and more to bring your idea to life!

$1000 Cash prize for First Place
$500 Dollars for Second Place
$250 Dollars for Third Place

Sign up with a team and hack with your friends, or sign up as an individual and we’ll find you a great team! We will be giving out prizes. Space is limited.
Check out our website for more info:

Please contact with any questions.

2016 Carol & George Lattimer Award: Naomi Handly

2016 Physical Sciences Carol & George Lattimer Award for Graduate Excellence is awarded to Naomi Handly! Congrats!

2016 Internships at Sandia National Laboratories

But why get just another summer job, when you could spend the summer doing something that matters? Because if you accept an internship at Sandia National Laboratories, you can contribute to projects that literally change the world.

If you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems, and meet Sandia’s intern program eligibility requirements, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume and application and get ready for the changes ahead.

Apply Online:

At one of our sites in Albuquerque, NM, or Livermore, CA, you’ll find opportunities to participate in work to make our nation safer, improve human and environmental health, or project our critical information infrastructure. In other words, projects that make a real difference.

That’s why we know that an internship with Sandia has the power to change your life. A summer here will put you face-to-face with world-class scientists and engineers who will mentor you as you take on challenging, hands-on assignments in such diverse areas as cybersecurity, nuclear weapons systems, clean combustion, biotechnology, and sustainable energy. You can also expect:

  •     Rich interactions with an intern community from top-tier universities
  •     Workshops, seminars, and networking events designed to help you broaden your perspective and build relationships
  •     Competitive pay
  •     Travel expense reimbursement, if eligible
  •     Amazing outdoor recreation and cultural activities
  •     Opportunities to learn more about a career at Sandia upon graduation

Sandia National Laboratories
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.