Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Dr. Gary Patti Presents Rossiter Lecture Series

Posted: Mar 23, 2018

Professor Gary Patti in the Department of Genetics and Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, will be presenting the 2018 memorial Rossiter lecture series. During his graduate studies, Dr. Patti focused on applying NMR to study metabolic pathways in bacteria that could be targeted in antibiotic-resistant bugs. Dr. Patti completed his postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute with Professor Siuzdak, who is a pioneer of metabolomics and known for establishing key resources in ...

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Shiladitya Chatterjee Wins IM Flash Competition

Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Congratulations to Shiladitya Chatterjee, PhD, (pictured center) who won the 2018 TechTalks IM Flash competition between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, marking the very first time that the Department of Chemistry has won this annual event!  Chatterjee is a 3rd year graduate student pursuing his PhD in Analytical Chemistry. His areas of expertise include microfabrication, surface characterization, and chemometrics (mathematical analysis of chemical data).

Out of the copious number of students who ...

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Chemistry Department Welcomes Dr. Daniel Mortensen

Posted: Dec 14, 2017

 Professor Daniel Mortensen graduated with a BS in Chemistry from BYU in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2016. Dr. Mortensen had a post-doc position at BYU for about six months between graduate school and his current position; during this time he worked with Dr. David Dearden on developing new ways to measure the size and shape of molecules. Dr. Mortensen will be assuming the post as Assistant Professor. Currently ...

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In Good Faith, and Science

Posted: Nov 28, 2017

Twice named the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Dr. Julianna Boerio-Goates is a retired professor of thermo-dynamics. In this episode of In Good Faith, Boerio-Goates discusses the intersection of science and faith, navigating a mixed-faith marriage and what keeps her connected to God in her everyday life and in her service to her Catholic parish.

Listen to the full radio discussion here

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Helping Young Chemists See Themselves—and Their Cells—in the Lab

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The 13- and 14-year-olds at Biochem Camp, a new camp for young scientists put on by the Chemistry Department, got to see something new during their three days of experiments: the chemicals in their own bodies.

Along with testing various everyday foods to discover what chemicals were inside, students extracted the DNA from the cells lining their cheeks. These experiments—and many more—put the test tubes in the campers’ ready hands. Seeing the chemistry ...

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Congratulations to Dr. Milton Lee and Dr. Adam Woolley

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The Department would like to recognize Emeritus Professor Milton Lee, and Professor Adam Woolley for being listed among the top ten scientists in the October 2017 issue of The Analytical Scientist magazine. Lee and Woolley were recongized for the “Separation Scientists: Cutting-edge chromatographers and experts in electrophoresis,” and the “Giants of Nano: Microfluids and nano science” categories respectively.

Ranked at number 9 for the "Separation Scientists" catagory, Milton Lee has been contributing for more than ...

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Chemistry Professors Kara Stowers and Rebecca Sansom Taking Strides

Posted: Oct 19, 2017

This women’s flag football team is full of Ph.D.s

Between running a summer science camp for kids,  Chemistry professors Kara Stowers (wide receiver) and Rebecca Sansom (offensive line) are part of the BYU womens faculty football team! 

Read the full article here!

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2017 BYU annual University Conference: Remembering More Than Just Names

Posted: Oct 17, 2017

The 2017 BYU annual University Conference was held Monday, August 28, 2017 in the Marriot center. The names of Karl G. Maeser and Abraham O. Smoot are more than familiar to BYU faculty and staff members. Perhaps it is even a cultural requirement to know them in order to work at the university. The contributions of these men to the foundation of BYU are well heralded and well deserved, and every year we remember them ...

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