Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Discover chemical and biochemical phenomena through scientific inquiry.

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. The Department offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including the ACS-certified B.S. degree in chemistry, the B.S. degree with a Biochemistry concentration, the Honors Program in Chemistry, and the Doctoral and Master's graduate degrees in Chemistry. Research conducted by faculty in the Department contributes to most major fields of chemistry, such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as cross-disciplinary research areas that include chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, biophysical chemistry, materials chemistry, natural products chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Diversity is a fundamental value of FAU and our Department. We are devoted to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces and celebrates diversity, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation and unique differences among our students and faculty. In our view, diversity encourages creativity and innovation and helps to attract and retain top talent in science. We invite you to explore and consider our variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate student research, which can lead you to a fulfilling career as a chemist in academia or industry.


Unlocking Organic Chemistry (UNLOC)© Course

Starting Saturday, May 7, 2022!

This comprehensive 28-hour course (over 7 sessions) is intended to provide students with the skills they will need to succeed in their studies of Organic Chemistry 1. The course would be most beneficial to students who completed General Chemistry 2 with the letter grade of a C or for students who did not pass Organic Chemistry 1. Learn more and register.


maciej stawikowski Research Core Winner and Beauty of Science Profile

Maciej Stawikowski, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and member of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, was awarded a Research Cores Internal Pilot Program grant. Stawikowski will utilize the FAU Advanced Cell Imaging Core for this award. Learn more about Stawikowski's research in a recent profile called, "The Beauty of Science" that details his studies on neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's disease.




Spring 2022 Chemistry Student Poster Presentation Winners Spring 2022 Chemistry Student Poster Presentation Winners 

Congratulations to all of the Spring 2022 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry student poster presentation winners! We are so proud of our student researchers! Read more.






iylas yildirim NIH Grant Awarded to Target RNA Through Drug Design

Ilyas Yildirim , Ph.D., an  Assistant Professor in the  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded $419,485 through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study "In Silico Drug Design Targeting RNA Repeat Expansions." Read more.





maciej winner art of science Maciej Stawikowski Named Winner of FAU Art of Science Photography Contest

Maciej Stawikowski, Ph.D., an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded first place in the Division of Research Art of Science Photography Contest. The photo is titled "Understanding Cholesterol Imbalance. The Schmidt College of Science had winners in a range of categories, including "In the Field," "In the Lab," and a number of "Honorable Mentions." View all of the photos and winners.



mare cudic asbmb Maré Cudic Appointed as ASBMB Education Associate

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) recognized Associate Professor, Mare Cudic, Ph.D., as an Education Associate for important contributions to the development and scoring of the society's annual certification exame in 2021. Cudic's support has provided continued growth and success of this program, and is helping influence undergraduate education in biochemistry and molecular biology on a national scale.

salvatore lepore inventor Salvatore Lepore Recognized by National Academy of Inventors

Professor Salvatore Lepore, Ph.D., was selected for induction into the FAU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. The chapter is one of more than 50 university chapters nationwide, established to recognize inventors for their accomplishments in research and commercialization, and to enhance the visibility of scientific innovation. Read more.

Vivan MerkVivian Merk, Ph.D., Receives NSF LEAPS-MCS Award

Vivian Merk, Ph.D. was awarded the National Science Foundation LEAPS-MPS (Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences) grant. The award will support "Investigating the role of carbohydrate-mineral interactions." The NSF award totals $244,109 for a duration of two years. 


BrandonStudent Awarded Alzheimer’s Summer Research Fellowship

Brandon Lubin, an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease Summer Research Fellowship. The award will assist Brandon’s research on “the role of methionine sulfoxide reductase in Alzheimer’s disease pathology,” and is funded by the I-BRAIN and I-HEALTH Pillars.




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