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New Stem Cell Cancer Treatment on the Horizon?

Stem Cell Research is an amazing field right now, and promises to be a powerful and potent tool to help us live longer and healthier lives. Just last month, for example, Stem Cell Therapy was used to restore sight in patients with severe retinal deterioration, allowing them to see clearer than they had in years, or even decades.

Stem Cell Therapy is the Future

Now, there is another form of Stem Cell Treatment on the horizon—this one of a very different form. Stem Cells have now been used as a mechanism to deliver medical treatment designed to eliminate cancer cells, even in hard to reach places. One issue with current cancer treatments is that, treatments that are effective at treating tumors on the surface of the brain cannot be performed safely when the tumor is deeper within the brain’s tissues.

Stem Cell Science

Stem Cells have the fantastic ability to transform into any other kind of cell within the human body, given the appropriate stimulation. As of today, most of these cells come from Embryonic Lines, but researchers are learning how to backwards engineer cells in the human body, reverting them back to their embryonic state. These cells are known as Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.

How Does This Stem Cell Cancer Treatment Work?

Using genetic engineering, it is possible to create stem cells that are designed to release a chemical known as Pseudomonas Exotoxin, which has the ability to destroy certain tumor cells in the human brain.

What is Pseudomonas Exotoxin?

Pseudomonas Exotoxin is a compound that is naturally released by a form of bacteria known as Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. This chemical is toxic to brain tumor cells because it prevents polypeptides from growing longer, essentially preventing the polypeptides from growing and reproducing. When used in a specific manner, this toxin has the ability to destroy cancerous and malignant tissue without negatively impacting healthy tissue. In addition to its potential as a cancer treatment, there is also evidence that the therapy could be used for the treatment of Hepatitis B.

PE and Similar Toxins Have been Used Therapeutically in the Past

As of now, this chemical, which we will refer to for the rest of the article as PE, has been used as a cancer treatment before, but there are major limitations regarding the use of PE for particular cancers, not because of the risks of the treatment, but because of the lack of an effective method to deliver the medication to where it is needed.

For example, similar chemicals have been highly effective in the treatment of a large number of blood cancers, but haven’t been nearly as effective in larger, more inaccessible tumors. The chemicals break down or become metabolized before they can fully do their job.

How do Stem Cells Increase the Effectiveness of PE Cancer Treatment

Right now, PE has to be created in a laboratory before it is administered, which is not very effective for these embedded cancers. By using Stem Cells as an intermediary, it is possible to deliver the medication to deeper areas of the brain more effectively, theoretically highly increasing the efficacy of the treatment.

The leader of this Stem Cell Research is Harvard researcher Dr. Khalis Shah. His goal was to find an effective means to treat these deep brain tumors which are not easily treated by methods available today. In utilizing Stem Cells, Dr. Shah has potentially found a means by which the stem cells can constantly deliver this Cancer Toxin to the tumor area. The cells remain active and are fed by the body, which allows them to provide a steady stream of treatment that is impossible to provide via any other known method.

This research is still in its early stages, and has not yet reached human trials, but in mice, the PE Toxin worked exactly as hypothesized and was able to starve out tumors by preventing them from replicating effectively.

Perhaps this might seem a bit less complicated than it actually is. One of the major hurdles that had to be overcome was that this Toxin would normally be strong enough to kill the cell that hosted it. In order for the Stem Cells to release the cancer, they had to be able to withstand the effects of PE, themselves. Using genetic engineering, Dr. Shah and his associates were able to create a cell that is capable of both producing and withstanding the effects of the toxin.

Stem Cell delivered medical therapy is a 21st century form of medical treatment that researchers are just beginning to learn how to effectively utilize. Essentially, this treatment takes a stem cell and converts it into a unique symbiotic tool capable of feeding off of the host for energy in order to perform a potentially life-saving function. It’s really quite fascinating.

How Does PE Not Damage or Kill Brain Cells Indiscriminately?

You might be concerned about the idea of a patient having a toxin injected into the brain to cure a disease. It sounds almost like a dangerous, tribal, homeopathic remedy. In reality, the researchers have been able to harness the destructive power of the toxin and re-engineer it so that it directly targets cancer cells while having limited negative effects on healthy, non-cancerous tissue.

The toxin does its damage after it has been absorbed by a cell. By retooling the toxin so that it does not readily absorb into healthy cells, the dangers associated with having such a potentially dangerous toxin in the brain are seriously and significantly mitigated.

Beyond that, Dr. Shah and his associates have been able to take steps to effectively “turn off” PE while it is inside the host stem cell, and only activates when it has entered the cancerous tissue. Dr. Shah explains that, although this research has only been conducted in animal subjects, there is no known reason why the effectiveness and safety of the treatment would not be applicable to human patients.

In this treatment, surgeons remove as much of the tumor as possible from the brain, and insert the engineered Stem Cells submerged in a sterile gel in the area where the tumor was removed or partially still exists. Researchers found that, when they used this treatment on laboratory rats, they could tell through imaging and analysis that the modified PE toxin effectively killed the cancer cells, and that this cancer treatment effectively lengthened the life of the rat, as compared to control subjects.

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Of course, cancer treatment is far more complex than a single treatment, no matter how effective that treatment may be. Because human cancer treatment is a comprehensive therapy approach, the end goal of this research is to create a form of therapy in which the method used in animal subjects is combined with other existing approaches, increasing and maximizing the effectiveness of the comprehensive treatment.

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New Advancement in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research

A recent change in how well we understand stem cells may make it easier for scientists and researchers to gather stem cells for use in scientific research as well as medical application. A new study was released in the research publication, Cell, which was performed by representatives from the University of California San Francisco.

One of the issues which hinder the use of stem cells as a more widespread treatment or field of research is that researchers and patients have a bottleneck of available healthy stem cell lines which can be used for research. Researchers hope that this new discovery will allow future scientific discoveries and applications in the areas of creating new and healthy tissue for patients with kidney failure or any other form of organ tissue failure. The future of medical therapy lies with Stem Cell Research, but many other forms of treatment, including Hormone Replacement Therapy, are already in practice today.

Researchers have discovered that it is possible to essentially “flip a switch” in an adult cell, reverting it back to the preliminary state at which cells existed in one of the earliest stages of development—the embryonic stem cell. Medical researchers hypothesize that Stem Cell treatments could be used for a variety of medical health issues which plague the world today, including kidney failure, liver disease, and Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes.

Use of Embryonic Stem Cells Contentious

There is an ethical issue in Stem Cell Research today. Many Pro-Life Advocates are vociferously against the use of Embryonic Stem Cells harvested from procedures such as fertility treatments designed for conception. They believe that the use of embryonic stem cells harvested from donors and couples looking to conceive is unethical.

Using current research, it may be possible to bypass this ethical quandary completely by using adult cells and converting them into embryonic stem cells. Furthermore, because these stem cells are genetic derivatives of the patient from which the adult cells were harvested, this potentially paves the way for patient-specific medical treatments using stem cells.

After adult cells have been converted back into Embryonic Stem Cells, it will be possible to convert them into any possible cell that the patient needs or would benefit from.

Hijacking the Blueprint of the Cell Allows Scientists to Revert Adult Cells to their Earliest State

Researchers have increased the capacity to produce Embryonic Stem Cells by identifying previously unrecognized biochemical processes which tell human cells how to develop. In essence, researchers have discovered how the body blueprints cells, and can change the blueprints so that a new cell is made.

By utilizing these newly recognized pathways, it is possible to create new stem cells more quickly than ever before. One of the researchers explains the implications of this research. Dr. Miguel Ramalho-Santos is an associate professor of obstetrics, medicine, and cancer research at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Ramalho-Santos is also a member of the Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

He explains that these stem cell discoveries have the ability to alter the way that the medical sciences can take advantage of stem cells with regard to both cancer research and regenerative medicine. Dr. Ramalho-Santos was the lead researcher for this study, and the research was largely funded by the Director of the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, granted to promising young researchers which are leading highly innovative and promising medical research studies.

Dr. Ramalho-Santos’ research builds off of earlier research which discovered that it was possible to take adult cells and turn them back into embryonic stem cells. These stem cells don’t have any inherent aging processes, and they can be turned into any other kind of tissue. In the process of this conversion, the adult cells lose all of their unique characteristics, leaving them in an ultimately immature and malleable state.

This earlier research was conducted by researchers from UC San Francisco in partnership with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto University and Gladstone Institutes. These entities all gained a piece of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from their part in the study.

Pluripotent Stem Cells vs. Embryonic Stem Cells

Thus far, we’ve described these cells as Embryonic Stem Cells, but in fact, the more accurate term for these cells are Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPS). These cells are biologically and functionally similar to Embryonic Stem Cells, but have a different name because they are sourced from adult cells. The difference between Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Embryonic Stem Cells is that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells do seem to retain some of the characteristics of their previous state, which appears to limit their ability to convert into any other type of cell. This new research identifies new pathways by which it may be possible to increase the number of cells that an individual IPS Cell can turn into, perhaps allowing them to convert into any other kind of human cell.

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are not explicitly considered an alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells, but are considered a different approach to produce similar cells. If researchers fully uncover the mechanisms of how to reprogram these cells, it will lower many barriers to stem cell research and the availability of stem cell treatments.

As of today, researchers have figured out how to make these Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, but the percentage of adult cells which are reverted successfully is quite low, and frequently, these cells still show some aspects of specialization, which limits their use.

How Do Scientists Make Stem Cells From Adult Cells?

There are genes within every cell which have the ability to induce pluripotency, reverting the cell to an earlier stage of specialization. The initial stage of this process is the result of activating Yamanaka Factors, specific genes that initiate this reversion process.

As of today, this process of de-maturation is not completely understood, and researchers realized from the start that the cells they created were not truly identical to Embryonic Stem Cells, because they still showed signs of their former lives, which often prevented them from being successfully reprogrammed.

The new research conducted by Dr. Ramalho-Santos appears to increase our knowledge regarding how these cells work, and how to program them more effectively. Dr. Ramalho-Santos and his team discovered more genes associated with these programming/reprogramming processes, and by manipulating them, they have increased the viability and range of particular stem cells.

It appears that these genetic impulses are constantly at play to maintain the structure and function of a cell, and that by systematically removing these safeguards, it is possible to increase the ability to alter these cells.

This research increases researchers’ ability to produce these stem cells, by increasing the ability of medical scientists to produce adequate numbers of stem cells, while also increasing the range of potential treatment options by more effectively inducing the total pluripotency which is available in Embryonic Stem Cells. This research may also help scientists treat certain forms of cancer which are the result of malfunctions of these genes.

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Prof. Pratim K Chattaraj, Department of Chemistry and Center for Theoretical Studies, IIT Kharagpur, will give a seminar on, “All-metal aromaticity and conceptual DFT”, on 29 June 2015 at 3:00 pm conference room 2

The DSC meeting to review the progress of Ph. D. students in the department is scheduled at 9:30 am on 26 and 30 June 2015 in conference room 1

The comprehensive and scholarship enhancement seminar of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Ph. D. student, is scheduled on 30 June 2015 at 2:30 pm in conference room 2

Welcome to the website of Department of Chemistry at IIT Ropar!

The department is actively engaged in cutting-edge research in emerging areas like Biomaterials, Biosensors, Catalysis, Drug Delivery, Materials, Organometallic Chemistry, Renewable Energy, Supramolecular Syntheses, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, etc. The research activities at the department are supported by a large number of sponsored research projects and state-of-the-art research facilities that exist at the department and institute levels. The department is served by nine faculty and an INSPIRE fellow, and more than thirty PhD students and project fellows. The department is visited by a large number of experts and short-term students from India and abroad. Learn more about the research activities of the department by visiting links to “Research”, “Publications”, “Facilities”, and individual “Faculty” pages provided on the top.

The department offers Dual M. Sc. – Ph. D. and Ph. D. degrees. Learn more about the academic programs of the department by visiting the link to “Programs” provided on the top.

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Do EACH of the following activities: a. Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used. b. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used. c. Obtain an MSDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these two common household products. d. Discuss the safe storage of chemicals. How does the safe storage of chemicals apply to your home, your school, your community, and the environment? Do EACH of the following activities: a. Predict what would happen if you placed an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Then, put an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Describe your observations and make a conclusion based on your observations. Compare your prediction and original conclusion with what actually happened. Write the formula for the reaction that you described. b. Describe how you would separate sand from water, table salt from water, oil from water, and gasoline from motor oil. Name the practical processes that require these kinds of separations. c. Describe the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change. Construct a Cartesian diver. Describe its function in terms of how gases in general behave under different pressures and different temperatures. Describe how the behavior of gases affects a backpacker at high altitudes and a scuba diver underwater. Do EACH of the following activities: a. Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion. Explain what happens to molecules in the onion during the cooking process. b. Describe the chemical similarities and differences between toothpaste and an abrasive household cleanser. Explain how the end use or purpose of a product affects its chemical formulation. c. In a clear container, mix a half-cup of water with a tablespoon of oil. Explain why the oil and water do not mix. Find a substance that will help the two combine, and add it to the mixture. Describe what happened, and explain how that substance worked to combine the oil and water. List the four classical divisions of chemistry. Briefly describe each one, and tell how it applies to your everyday life. Do EACH of the following activities: a. Name two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for commercial or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe its responsibilities to the public and the environment. b. Define pollution. Explain the chemical effects of ozone, global warming, and acid rain. Pick a current environmental problem as an example. Briefly describe what people are doing to resolve this hazard and to increase understanding of the problem. c. Using reasons from chemistry, describe the effect on the environment of ONE of the following: 1. The production of aluminum cans or plastic milk cartons 2. Sulfur from burning coal 3. Used motor oil 4. Newspaper d. Briefly describe the purpose of phosphates in fertilizer and in laundry detergent. Explain how the use of phosphates in fertilizers affects the environment. Also, explain why phosphates have been removed from laundry detergents. Do ONE of the following activities: a. Visit a laboratory and talk to a practicing chemist. Ask what the chemist does, and what training and education are needed to work as a chemist. b. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent’s permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the four jobs, find out the education and training requirements. c. Visit an industrial plant that makes chemical products or uses chemical processes and describe the processes used. What, if any, pollutants are produced and how they are handled. d. Visit a county farm agency or similar governmental agency and learn how chemistry is used to meet the needs of agriculture in your county. The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited by an administrator. Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article’s Talk Page.

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Chemistry mainly deals with chemical and physical changes associated with any substances. All chemical changes can be represented with the help of chemical equations which are symbolic representations of chemical reactions. The physical changes are mainly associated with the change in state of matter. Chemistry also provides necessary information related to the physical state of matter with their inter-conversion into each other.

Chemistry explains the atomic structure of any substance with the help of atomic models and theories. These concepts help us to understand some common concepts which we can observe in our surroundings such as cooking, burning, melting of ice etc. These are either chemical changes or physical changes. But how can you identify them? Definitely chemistry can help you with this.

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Chemistry is the study of matter and the ways in which matter changes. Matter is anything that takes up space and has mass. Chemistry therefore takes in all that we see around, the chair we are sitting, the book we are reading, the clothes we arewearing and flowers on the windowsill. Matter appears in many different forms, including metals, plastics, ceramics, living plants and animals, clouds, oceans and stars.

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Chemical structures determine the unique characteristics of polymers as well as their limitations.

A chemical symbol is a one or two letter designation for an element derived from the elements name.

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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. All living things contain DNA, with the exception of some viruses with RNA genomes. The main role of DNA in the cell is the long term storage of information. It is often compared to a blueprint, since it contains the instructions to construct other components of the cell, such as proteins and RNA molecules. The DNA segments that carry genetic information are called genes, but other DNA sequences have structural purposes, or are involved in regulating the expression of genetic information.

DNA is a long polymer of simple units called nucleotides, which are held together by a backbone made of sugars and phosphate groups. This backbone carries four types of molecules called bases and it is the sequence of these four bases that encodes information. The major function of DNA is to encode the sequence of amino acid residues in proteins, using the genetic code. To read the genetic code, cells make a copy of a stretch of DNA in the nucleic acid RNA. These RNA copies can then be used to direct protein synthesis, but they can also be used directly as parts of ribosomes or spliceosomes.

James D. Watson and Francis Crick produced the first accurate model of DNA structure in 1953 in their article The Molecular structure of Nucleic Acids. Watson and Crick proposed the central dogma of molecular biology in 1957, describing how proteins are produced from nucleic DNA. In 1962 Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins jointly received the Nobel Prize.

Friedrich Whler (July 31, 1800 – September 23, 1882) was a German chemist, -known for his synthesis of urea, but also the first to isolate several of the elements. In 1828 Whler proved by his preparation of urea from inorganic materials that organic substances do not have to come from biological sources, disproving the doctrine of vitalism.

Wikipedia:WikiProject Chemicals/Data is a collection of links and references that are useful for chemistry-related works. This includes free online chemical databases, publications, patents, computer programs, and various tools.

Science is Fun University of WisconsinMadison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, shares the fun of science. A good place to figure out what equals what.

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CHEM 110 Introduction to General Chemistry (3-5) NW Introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Covers basic concepts of chemistry along with the mathematics required for quantitative problem solving. For students without high school chemistry or with limited mathematics background. Successful completion of CHEM 110 prepares students to enroll in CHEM 142. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 110

CHEM 120 Principles of Chemistry I (5) NW, QSR First course in a three-quarter overview of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Not for students majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, or engineering. Includes matter and energy, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, modern atomic theory, chemical bonding. Laboratory. Only 5 credits can be counted toward graduation from the following: CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 145. Offered: AS. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 120

CHEM 142 General Chemistry (5) NW, QSR For science and engineering majors. Atomic nature of matter, quantum mechanics, ionic and covalent bonding, molecular geometry, stoichiometry, solution stoichiometry, kinetics, and gas laws. Includes laboratory. Cannot be taken for credit if CHEM 120 already taken. Recommended: high school chemistry; placement into MATH 120 or higher. Offered: AWSpS. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 142

CHEM 145 Honors General Chemistry (5) NW, QSR CHEM 145 and CHEM 155 cover material in CHEM 142, CHEM 152, and CHEM 162. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: either MATH 124 or MATH 134, either of which may be taken concurrently; score of 66% on HCHEMC placement test, score of 3, 4 or 5 on AP Chemistry exam, or IB score of 5, 6, or 7 on high level chemistry exam. No more than the number of credits indicated can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: CHEM 142, CHEM145 (5 credits); CHEM 145, CHEM 155, CHEM 162 (10 credits). Offered: A. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 145

CHEM 152 General Chemistry (5) NW, QSR Gas phase and aqueous equilibria, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Includes laboratory. No more than 5 credits can be counted toward graduation from the following course group: CHEM 152, CHEM 155. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in either CHEM 142 or CHEM 145. Offered: AWSpS. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 152

CHEM 155 Honors General Chemistry (5) NW, QSR Continuation of CHEM 145. Includes laboratory. Together CHEM 145 and CHEM 155 cover material in CHEM 142, CHEM 152, and CHEM 162. No more than the number of credits indicated can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: CHEM 152 or CHEM 155 (5 credits); CHEM 145, CHEM 155, CHEM 162 (10 credits). Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.2 in CHEM 145. Offered: W. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 155

CHEM 162 General Chemistry (5) NW, QSR Molecular bonding theories, liquids, solids, solutions, and introduction to organic and transition metal chemistry. Includes laboratory. No more than 5 credits can be counted toward graduate from the following course group: CHEM 162, CHEM 165. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in CHEM 152. Offered: AWSpS. View course details in MyPlan: CHEM 162

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Chemistry News – Biochemistry, Polymers, Materials Science

Solar battery receives 20% of its energy from the sun

( October, researchers at Ohio State demonstrated the world’s first solar batterya solar cell and a lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery combined into a single device. The main attraction of the solar battery …

( A is a naturally occurring compound found in the Chinese mangrove plant (Sonneratia paracaseolaris). Among its abilities, it inhibits an important enzyme in the cell cycle progression and affects …

Scientists at the University of Arizona have discovered a mysterious molecule with a structure simple enough to make it into high school textbooks, yet so elusive that chemists have argued for more than a century over whether …

Rice University scientists have achieved the total synthesis of a scarce natural marine product that may become a powerful cancer-fighting agent the molecule shishijimicin A.

Many people who live in developing countries do not have access to the pain relief that comes from morphine or other analgesics. That’s because opiates are primarily derived from the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum) …

Despite decades of industrial use, the exact chemical transformations occurring within zeolites, a common material used in the conversion of oil to gasoline, remain poorly understood. Now scientists have found a way to locatewith …

( using solar energy to reversibly attach and detach hydrogen atoms on a 6-carbon ring called benzene, scientists have developed a simple and efficient method to store, transport, and release hydrogen potentially …

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a clean photo-driven pathway for the efficient synthesis of aryl iodides under extremely mild conditions. The finding, published June 18 in Journal of the American Chemical …

Rice University scientists are forging toward tunable carbon-capture materials with a new study that shows how chemical changes affect the abilities of enhanced buckyballs to confine greenhouse gases.

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Welcome | Department of Chemistry

The Central Science. Chemistry is the link that connects problems in the fundamental nature of matter to the most complex problems in the processes of life. Members of our department bring chemistry to life as cutting-edge researchers and as teachers for students across the university.

Undergraduates majoring in chemistry can go on to several professional fields, including medicine and graduate study, and are also in high demand in fields like secondary education. Our commitment to teaching is also reflected in our desire to build a community environment and provide every opportunity of success for our undergraduates. Toward that end, we have initiated a Chemistry Learning Community for our first year and transfer students.

Our Ph.D. program has a history of cutting edge and often interdisciplinary research that will teach you to be an independent scientist, ready for a career in industry or academia. Our goal is to help you learn the most modern research techniques and to think creatively about solutions to major scientific problems.



The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce new faculty joining us in 2015.

Robbyn K. Anand

Robbyn K. Anand will join the chemistry faculty in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using extended electric field gradients.

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Thank you for your interest in the chemistry department at Columbia University. Please follow the links at the left to learn about our degree programs, faculty, and research opportunities. You can view our Weekly Colloquium Schedule and Events Calendar by clicking here. To find phone numbers and e-mail addresses of faculty, students, and staff, just click on our Department Directory link. And, if you have questions after browsing these pages, please get in touch with us by following our Contact Us link.

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Professor Ruben Gonzalez named “Scientist to Watch”

Congratulations to Professor Ruben Gonzalez, who has been named a “Scientist to Watch” by the editors of The Scientist a leading and very widely-subscribed-to life science research magazine that aggregates and summarizes recent research findings in the life sciences. The September issue includes an article describing Professor Gonzalez’ career and published work. You can also learn about his research interests on the Gonzalez group website. In addition to directing his research program, Professor Gonzalez is Director of Graduate Studies for the Columbia chemistry department.

Wei Min received the 2015 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Nature Chemistry focuses on the work of Luis Campos and Colin Nuckolls with Latha Venkataraman/p>

An editorial in this months Nature Chemistry recognized three research groups in the Chemistry Department for advancing the field of molecular electronics. The editorial highlights three papers that appear in the journals March 2015 Focus, including one from the research groups of Latha Venkataraman and Luis Campos, and another from the groups of Venkataraman and Colin Nuckolls. You can read the editorial online here. You can read the Campos groups article from Dell et al. here. You can read the Nuckollss group article from Su et al. here.

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has not been awarded yet. It will be announced on Wednesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. CET at the earliest.

“for the development of methods for identification and structure analyses of biological macromolecules”

“for their development of soft desorption ionisation methods for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules”

“for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution”

“for contributions to the developments of methods within DNA-based chemistry”

“for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method”

“for his fundamental contributions to the establishment of oligonucleotide-based, site-directed mutagenesis and its development for protein studies”

No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.

No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.

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Welcome to the home page of the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. For recent news items and regular updates, please visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

We have nearly 30 research-active faculty members across a range of topics, including new methods for synthesis of biomedically important compounds, nanomaterials, energy storage, computational models for assorted phenomena, ultra-fast lasers, and designer polymers. Research projects are funded from assorted sources including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy and the Louisiana Board of Regents. We have excellent facilities that are maintained by experienced scientists. LSUs Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) is located on the ground floor of our new (2012) Chemistry & Materials Building. We have a small number of postdoctoral researchers and about 150 graduate students, along with undergraduates, engaged in cutting-edge research. We take diversity seriously in all our endeavors but are particularly proud of being ranked number one in the US for percent female and percent underrepresented minority PhD graduates from 2005-9 (Laursen & Weston, J. Chem. Ed. 2014, 91, 1762-1776).

Most of our researchers are also active teachers, joined by a strong team of instructors and teaching assistants. During the 2014-15 academic year there were 6,764 enrollments in general chemistry lecture classes. There were 2,350 enrollments in organic chemistry lecture classes, reflecting the large number of pre-professional students that we teach. Enrolments have grown 20-30% for most undergraduate classes over the past five years.

We have three very active student organizations based in our Department: the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), the Chemistry Graduate Student Council (CGSC) and the National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).

Further information is available through various links on this homepage. Please do not hesitate to contact me ([email protected]) with any comments or inquiries. If I cannot help myself, I will be sure to direct you to someone who can address your request.

Carol M. Taylor Professor and Department Chair

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