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.


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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