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About the Department

We have sixteen faculty and instructors are engaged in teaching and research involving more than thirty graduate students and 290+ undergraduate majors. Current faculty strengths are in chemistry, biophysical chemistry, biochemistry and bioinformatics. Our courses serve both majors and non-majors in thousands of hours of instruction. The Department offers a wide variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate student research that lead to various careers in Chemistry & Biochemistry.

The research conducted by faculty in the program contributes to fields such as synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, natural products, drugs from the sea, biomedical science, environmental science, molecular biology, proteomics and bioinformatics. The research activities are supported by a state-of-the-art instrumentation and drug discovery core facility.  Active collaborations with faculty from the Colleges of Biomedical Science and Engineering & Computer Science across FAU and Scripps Florida, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and Max Planck Florida (soon to be initiated) provide valuable opportunities for our graduate students.Our faculty are funded by numerous federal (NIH/NSF), State and other agencies including the American Cancer Society. Our recent graduate students have gone on to work at Harvard and other major universities, GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical industries and Scripps Florida, Wistar Institute and other research institutes.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is to provide high quality education and state of the art training in research in the fields of Chemistry & Biochemistry through excellence in teaching, research and service.

In teaching we will provide to our students the foundation to build a chemistry knowledge base and introduce them to the recent advances in the field.

In research we will provide high quality research experience in both -fundamental and applied research. We will contribute to discovering new drugs for the treatment of major diseases and developing new materials for enhancing the quality of life.

We will provide service to the university through joint interdisciplinary programs in biomedical, life and environmental sciences and will provide a strong infrastructure consisting of modern and powerful investigative instrumentation.

We will provide service to the region and nation by contributing scientific expertise. We will help train the high tech workforce needed to help meet the growing demands of industry in Southeast Florida in order to support and sustain economic development in the region.