Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Discover chemical and biochemical phenomena through scientific inquiry.

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and 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.

Spotlights

Grant Renewed by National Cancer Institute to Study Next Generation of Cancer Immunotherapies

Grant Renewed by National Cancer Institute to Study Next Generation of Cancer Immunotherapies 

With the goal of helping to unlock the future of cancer treatments, Mare Cudic, Ph.D., an associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and director, Honors in Chemistry Program, Florida Atlantic Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, recently had her funding renewed by the National Cancer Institute with a $443,151 grant. The award will allow Cudic to further research her project, “Mechanistic insight into tumor-associated MUC1 glycopeptides binding to macrophage galactose-type lectin.” Read more.

 

Chemistry Faculty’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Study Published in ‘Nature’

Chemistry Faculty’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Study Published in ‘Nature’

Gregg Fields, Ph.D., executive director of FAU’s Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH) and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and Roma Stawikowska, laboratory coordinator, Department of Chemistry, are studying an autoimmune disease that affects 0.5 percent of the world’s population - rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read more.

 

$125,000 Anonymous Gift Bolsters Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Teaching and Research

$125,000 Anonymous Gift Bolsters Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Teaching and Research

Funds from the anonymous philanthropist will make a powerful impact on the program’s faculty, students, and facilities. Read more.

 

 

FAU Appoints Leader to New ‘Biotech Bridge’ Program

FAU Appoints Leader to New ‘Biotech Bridge’ Program

Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science recently appointed Shailaja Allani, Ph.D., associate scientist in its Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as the director of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CMBB) and the newly named FAU Biotech Bridge program. Read more.

 

Chemistry Assistant Professor’s Research Published in Prestigious Oxford University Press Publication s

Chemistry Assistant Professor’s Research Published in Prestigious Oxford University Press Publication

Ilyas Yildirim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Schmidt College of Science, co-authored a recently featured “breakthrough article” in the prestigious Nucleic Acids Research journal. Read more.

Chemistry Graduate Ivan Riveros

Chemistry Graduate Ivan Riveros, ’22, ’21, Awarded Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Alumnus Ivan Riveros’s remarkable achievements were recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) when he was selected as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a highly prestigious grant awarded to annually to approximately 2,000 current or prospective STEM Ph.D. or master’s students. Read more.

FAU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awarded ASBMB Accreditation

FAU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awarded ASBMB Accreditation

Congratulations to the Schmidt College of Science’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on receiving a provisional accreditation from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)! ASBMB is a national, independent organization that recognizes excellence in biochemistry and molecular biology education for undergraduate students. Read more.

 

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