Congratulations, Jerika Chiong!

We are so very proud that the National Science Foundation has selected Jerika Chiong from the Tezcan Lab as the recipient of the 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship! Jerika is a Chemistry major from Revelle College. We wish her all the best as she will be starting the Chemistry PhD program at Stanford this coming fall quarter!

Jerika Chiong (‘19) is a fourth-year undergraduate studying general chemistry at UC San Diego. She has been involved in research projects since her freshman year and currently studies the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks in Akif Tezcan’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As a research student, Chiong had the opportunity to co-author a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). As president of American Chemical Society-Student Affiliates (ACS-SA) on campus, Chiong’s found a passion for participating in outreach and extracurricular activities, community work that will be fueled by her NSF fellowship. “I really want to get more involved with supporting women in STEM,” said Chiong, who hopes to “hit the ground running” with new research projects while acclimating to the environment of a new university. While she remains unsure of the specifics of her future research, she is interested in materials chemistry. Chiong envisions starting out in the research and development industry and perhaps attaining a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) in order to shift toward the managerial side of the industry. —

Congratulations, Ryjul Stokes!

We proudly announce that the National Science Foundation has selected Ryjul Stokes from the Cohen Lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as the recipient of the 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship!

The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry – Industry Day !

The UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry & the Chemistry-Biology Interfaces (CBI) Training Grant plan to host their annual Industry Day event on Friday June 21, 2019 in the NSB Auditorium. The goal of this event is to enhance the interaction between our PhD students with our colleagues in industry. The event will feature speakers primarily from biotech, pharm, and nanotech fields. The program will include talks by industrial scientists, lightning talks by doctoral students, and a panel discussion to provide advice to graduate students on how to pursue a career in industry.

So far the speaker line-up includes industry guests from BASF, Janssen, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Vertex, and more! For more information on the event, please visit

Lunch and dinner will be provided at the event. If you plan to attend, be sure to RSVP (no later than June 14, 2019.

Congratulations, Erik Romero!

Congratulations to Erik Romero in being named the recipient of the 2019 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal for Physical Sciences. His dissertation is titled: Taming Carbene Copper(I)-Hydride Complexes. Proud of you Erik!

Congratulations to the Paesani Lab

Congratulations to the Paesani Lab on their publication in Nature!

Congratulations, Enid Partika!

When UC San Diego undergraduate student Enid Partika learned that more than 40 percent of U.S. food waste is thrown into landfills where it releases significant amounts of greenhouse gases, she decided something needed to be done. –

The most exciting thing about my research…

“The most exciting thing about my research is the discovery part. My greatest achievement has been marrying my wife …” – Author Profile on Professor Josh Figueroa by Angewadnte Chemie