College of Chemistry

Catalyst Magazine

Current Issue Spring/Summer 2023, V 18.1

College of Chemistry breaks ground on new state-of-the-art building – Heathcock Hall

May 6, 2024
The College of Chemistry celebrated the groundbreaking of its new research and teaching facility, Heathcock Hall, on Thursday, May 2.

Targeting tryptophan: New technique opens door to novel drug synthesis

March 28, 2024
Chemists have devised a novel method to selectively tag tryptophan residues within proteins, potentially leading to the development of new types of drugs and engineered proteins.

Markita Landry receives 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award

July 18, 2018
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Markita Landry has been awarded a prestigious two-year Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for her project Brain Chemical Signaling: A New Input Signal for Brain-Computer Interfaces.

Molecular Sciences Software Institute launches open-source data sharing project for COVID-19

May 26, 2020
The Molecular Sciences Software Institute has launched an open-source website that will allow biomolecular scientists from around the world to share computer-aided drug-testing simulations targeting the protein at the center of COVID-19.

Teresa Head-Gordon receives COVID-19 research funding

June 25, 2020
Teresa Head-Gordon, Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, joins three colleagues from Berkeley Engineering who have received funding from the Digital Transformation Institute for COVID-19 projects.

New AI Speeds Discovery in Synthetic Biology

October 8, 2020
Synthetic biology, like artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning, is a relatively modern field that applies emerging technologies to achieve innovation. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California have merged the two fields by creating a machine learning algorithm for synthetic biology called ART (Automated Recommendation Tool),

Groundbreaking collaborative research program will explore common characteristics of Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s

July 14, 2022
Assistant Professor Karthik Shekhar will participate in the Catalyst for a Cure sponsored by Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Surprisingly simple explanation for alien comet ‘Oumuamua’s weird orbit

March 29, 2023

An artist’s depiction of the interstellar comet ‘Oumuamua

An artist’s depiction of the interstellar comet ‘Oumuamua, as it warmed up in its approach to the sun and outgassed hydrogen (white mist), which slightly altered its orbit. The comet, which is most likely pancake-shaped, is the first known object other than dust grains to visit our solar...