Aerial view of UCSD campus looking South
Geisel Library - Nobel Laureates at UCSD
Discovery of new atmospheric reaction garners prize
Natural Sciences Building
The crystal structure of a group II intron in the pre-catalytic state
Structure of an inhibitor of hepatitis C virus protein synthesis bound to its target in the viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) genome
ANCA probe staining amyloid plaques derived from Alzheimer’s-related Aβ peptides fluoresces as green and as yellow when derived from prion proteins (PrPSC)
Generation of bio-resistive surface coatings on amyloids inhibits harmful protein-amyloid interactions associated with Alzheimer disease
Proposed schematic models of the interfacial binding surface of four different members of the Phospholipase A2 superfamily
Urey Hall and Pacific Hall
Characterization of the "inhibitor binding pocket" in the catalytic domain of the calcium-independent phospholipase A2 with residues within a 5 A raidus of the inhibitor shown
A Crystalline Singlet Phosphinonitrene: a Nitrogen Atom Transfer Agent
Drug candidate in orange envelope bound to UPPS
Possible binding modes for phospholipase A2 via its membrane interaction site, another allosteric site, and its catalytic site
PhD candidate, Clifford Kapono, is one of two students to be awarded research funds from UC San Diego Global Health Institute (GHI). Kapono focuses on unique microbiomes of avid ocean goers worldwide to identify how extended beach time may influence human health. He is collaborating with Professor William Gaze at the University of Exeter School of Medicine, base for the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. The GHI serves as a campus-wide center of gravity for global health activities. This includes providing a central, organized structure for coordinating UC San Diego global health projects, courses, research, and training programs for the local global health community. It is expected that GHI would enable interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations between faculty, students and fellows.
Prof. Andy McCammon has been awarded the 16/17 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry.
The Hirschfelder Prize, from the University of Wisconsin, is the highest university-based award in theoretical chemistry; four previous winners have won the Nobel Prize.
More information on this distinguished award click here
Professor Susan Taylor has been named the 2017 Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
The Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award was established by friends and colleagues to preserve their legacies as scientists and mentors. It is awarded to an established scientist for his or her outstanding achievement in basic research in the fields encompassed by the ASBMB.
Professor and Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien died Wednesday, August 24, at the age of 64. Roger came to UCSD in 1989, where he was a Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Pharmacology. In 2008, he shared the Nobel with Osamu Shimomura and Martin Chalfie for helping turn green fluorescent protein from a jellyfish into a research tool that could literally illuminate everything from brain cells to bacteria. Tsien was a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London. Among his other awards: the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention, the Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Max Delbruck Medal in Molecular Medicine, the Wolf Prize and the Keio Medical Science Prize. A memorial for the campus to celebrate Roger’s work and life will be held at a later date.
Professor Neal Devaraj receives the 2017 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry and the 2016 National Fresenius Award. The 2017 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry award is presented annually to recognize and encourage fundamental research in pure chemistry carried out in North America by young men and women. The recipient must have fewer than ten years of experience since his/her terminal degree and must have accomplished research of unusual merit for an individual on the threshold of her or his career. The 2016 National Fresenius Award is presented annually to an outstanding young scientist who has attained national recognition in the areas of research, teaching and/or administration. The award recipient must be under 35 years of age at the date of the nomination. Both of these awards will be presented at the Society’s 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. For a complete listing of all ACS 2017 National Award winners click here
Prof. Vicki Grassian has accepted the position of Associate Dean in the Division of Physical Sciences. Her extensive research, teaching, and administrative experience make her an exceptional addition to the Dean’s office academic leadership. Professor Grassian will begin her tenure as Associate Dean effective immediately, and will help transition the Divisional leadership to Dean Boggs when he arrives in January. She will serve as an integral part of Divisional administration, and will lead various new initiatives that will be developed over the course of the next year.
The Meteoritical Society announced the selection of Mark Thiemens, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and former dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego, as the recipient of the 2017 Leonard Medal. The announcement was made at the Meteoritical Society's recently-concluded annual meeting held in Berlin.
The Leonard Medal is one of the highest international awards for discoveries in the origin of the solar system and planets. Thiemens' selection was in recognition of his isotopic studies using new quantum mechanically based isotope effects to investigate the origin of the solar system. The work includes studies of solar evolution, Mars origin and its atmosphere, and the Moon. His work also involved a new technique to quantify the origin and evolution of life and oxygen in the earliest history of earth as well as the ancient atmosphere of Mars.
Thiemens is the fourth faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego to win the prestigious Leonard Medal. The previous recipients were founders Harold Urey, Hans Suess, and James Arnold. The Department is unique in that all other winners are from Astrophysical, Geophysical or Earth and Planetary Sciences Departments.