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The Running Life of a Student Researcher

Sheila Paintsil contributes to knowledge about cells and molecules. Read her story HERE.


Experiments in the Sky

UMD graduate student, Erica Lueth experiments in the sky with Cirrus Aircraft. Click here to watch the video. Thank you Erica!!


Major Gift Launches Advanced Materials Center

UMD and its Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) announced the creation of the UMD Advanced Materials Center (AMC). The new Advanced Materials Center will catalyze innovative research, student learning, and stakeholder partnerships in an interdisciplinary, cross­departmental initiative in the emerging field of materials science, in which UMD has already established itself as a regional leader. See full story at


Special Recognition

Katherine McMahon, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Spanish, Caitlin Peterson, Chemistry, Kathryn Peterson, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, and Megan Strehlke, Biochemistry & Molecuular Biology presented in the 2016 University Honors Capstone Project.

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University Honors provides some of our most motivated students the opportunity to push themselves academically and personally. University Honors students graduate by achieving the highest academic standards and by engaging deeply in a broad array of honors-level academic courses, cultural and leadership experiences, research and creative expression projects, and meaningful work within the Duluth community. University Honors students commit hundreds of hours of work to expand their undergraduate experience.


Anthony Meger, a first year Master students working with Dr. Berry and Dr. Cembran, was awarded a $1,000 prize as a finalist at the 2016 Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Exhibition where his research on azurin variants was selected among over 60 posters. Tony will be using the funds to travel to a national conference in the coming months. Congratulations Tony!


The UMD Chemistry & Biochemistry Club Show was featured on the news last Friday, April 15. Watch it here:


Dr. Venkatram Mereddy was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Rho Chi Research Day in the College of Pharmacy Duluth held on March 31.


It is with pleasure that we announce the Chemistry & Biochemistry 2016 UMD Student Awards Recipients, recognizing the outstanding service and leadership to our campus and community by students, and the incredible work by staff and faculty for our students. Recipients and nominees will be honored at the 2016 Students Awards Program, Sunday, April 10, 2016. 

Outstanding Academic Adviser
Ahmed Heikal, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Outstanding Student Organization Adviser
Romesh Lakhan, Chemistry & Biochemistry Club

Bulldog Award - Undergraduate
Jasmin Mellesmoen, Chemistry & Biochemistry Club and Pre-Dental Club

Arrowhead Award
Chemistry & Biochemistry Club (Officers: Matt Iverson, Jasmin Mellesmoen, Cyrina Ostgaard, Kaelt Simpson)

For full descriptions of all the awards (including a list of last year's recipients) - click here.


Congratulations Dr. Nemykin! We are pleased to announce that our own, Dr. Victor Nemykin, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has received the 2015-2016 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. Seminar topic: "New Materials for Solar Energy Conversion, Nano-scale Electronics, and Imaging."


Sheila Paintsil, an undergraduate researcher in the Sheets Group and BMB major, was chosen to participate in the highly selective Summer Research Program in Biophysics. This program will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during May-July 2016. Congratulations on your acceptance, Sheila!


2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

UMD graduate Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Wednesday, along with another U.S. scientist, for studies about how cells in our body sense their environments. These studies are key for developing better drugs.

Kobilka shares the prize with fellow American Robert Lefkowitz. Kobilka graduated summa cum laude from UMD in 1977 with bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry.

Kobilka obtained his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1981, trained in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (1981-1984) and served as a research fellow (1984-1989) and assistant professor (1988-1989) at the Duke University School of Medicine. In 1989 Kobilka joined the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine where currently he is professor of medicine, and molecular and cellular physiology. He was inducted into the UMD Academy of Science and Engineering in 2005.

Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Maryland who shares the prize, is also a professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.