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Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

The Perrin Lab's synthesis of alpha-amantin has made C&EN News "Molecule of the Year" list. Congratualtions to David Perrin and his group for all their work on this!

Read More: https://cen.acs.org/synthesis/CENs-molecules-year-2018/96/i49

Congratulations to Dr. Curtis Berlinguette and Dr. Jason Hein!

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources has just announced an $8-million investment to develop a first-of-its-kind robotic platform called ADA that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the development process for new energy efficient materials.  UBC Chemistry Professor's Berlinguette and Hein, in conjuction with Prof. Aspuru-Guzik (U of T), are developing the platform called the Autonomous Discovery Accelerator for Materials Innovation.

ADA—essentially an AI-driven materials...

Congratulations to Erika Siren!

Erika Siren, PhD Candidate in the Kizhakkedathu Group, is the recipient of the Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. Friedman Scholars receive funding for six or more months of study outside western Canada and Erika will be carrying out a fellowship at Harvard University. Congratulations to Erika on this achievement!

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New Insights into the Formation of Thiophene-based Molecular Electronics

Weiying He, a graduate student working with Prof. Pierre Kennepohl, recently uncovered important new insights into the mechanism of formation of polythiophenes – considered to be prime candidates as building blocks for molecular electronics. This work is discussed in a new report published in...

UBC shines at undergraduate RISE Conference in Montreal

The annual RISE Conference was held at UQAM in late August and featured two students with connections to UBC Chemistry. Teresa Howard, now in her 3rd year in Chemical Biology at UBC, spent the summer at the Université de Montreal working with Prof. Will Skene. She presented her excellent work on stimuli-responsive polymers. Another of the presenters at the conference was Usman Jamshed, a 3rd year in chemistry student at McMaster...

Congratulations to the Momose Group!

Congratulations to Prof. Momose and his research group for their recent Nature publication, Observation of the 1S–2P Lyman-α transition in antihydrogen. The Lyman-alpha laser team is led by Takamasa Momose (UBC), and consists of scientists, students, postdocs from UBC, TRIUMF and Calgary. 

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Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

Congratulations to the Perrin Group. Their work on the synthesis of α-Amanitin, a bicyclic octapeptide produced by the death-cap mushroom, and one of the deadliest known peptide toxins, has been featured as an ACS Molecule of the Week.

For more information: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/a/alpha-amanitin.html

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Tao Huan

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tao Huan as an assistant professor in the area of Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Huan received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from University of Alberta with Dr. Liang Li and did postdoctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Gary Siuzdak. He will join the department in July 2018.

Dr. Huan has an outstanding research track record in the synergetic development of analytical and computational tools for...

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 UBC Chemistry Awards for Graduate Research Excellence!

These awards are given for demonstrated research excellence in all areas of chemistry for work carried out at UBC.

Congratulations to Dr. Kayli Johnson!

Dr. Kayli Johnson has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

Congratulation to Dr. José Rodríguez Núñez!

Dr. José Rodríguez Núñez has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Dr.Núñez!

Congratulations to Anka Lekhi!

Anka Lekhi has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Anka!

Congratulations to Dr. David Perrin!

Dr. Perrin and his group have been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News for their synthesis of α-amanitin, a bicyclic octapeptide produced by the death-cap mushroom, and one of the deadliest known peptide toxins. Now that they have a synthetic route for making α-amanitin, they plan to use it to make antibody-drug conjugates and to study the chemical biology of the toxin.

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Congratulations to Sheri Harbour!

Congratulations to Sheri Harbour as a recipient of the 2017/2018 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Allan Bertram!

Dr. Bertram has been awarded a UBC Killam Research Prize. This award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Allan's achievement will be recognized at UBC's annual Awards Reception in the spring. Congratulations Dr. Bertram!

Congratualtions to Dr. Jennifer Love!

Dr. Love is the recipient of the 2018 IntelliSyn RD Research Award. This CSC award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Love!

Congratulations Tannaz!

Congratulations to Tannaz Ebrahimi!

The Macromolecular Science and Engineering division (MSED) has selected Tannaz Ebrahimi from the Mehrkhodavandi group as the winner of the 2017 edition of the MSED Graduate Award.

GET READY TO SHAKEOUT!

On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. British Columbians can join by registering for the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from...

Exploring the Activity Space of Multifaceted Host Defence Peptides

Host defence peptides (HDPs) are polypeptide sequences found ubiquitously in nature that have garnered significant attention as alternatives to antibiotics. Originally appreciated for their direct antibacterial effect, recent work has revealed that many HDPs possess antibiofilm activity, anticancer activity and/or the ability to modulate the immune response of the host. Curiously, HDPs with potent activity in one arena are often weakly active with respect to other activities described for...

Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Schafer!

Dr. Laurel Schafer has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.The Royal Society of Canada is the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country. The Fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Congratulations Dr. Schafer!