Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

On the Research Frontier: A BYU Alumnus and Pfizer Employee Dedicated to Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

Posted: Sep 10, 2021

Erik Hicken finished his schooling at BYU in 2005 after receiving his degree in Organic Chemistry and working in Dr. Merritt Andrus’ lab. Of his experience at BYU he remembered, “I got a breadth of experience which has really set me up for success going forward… It was a great place to work.” In Andrus' lab he was able to begin his years of cancer-related research, including studies in the total synthesis of geldanamycin.

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Josue Dominguez Ramos- Showing Pride in his Home Country and College

Posted: Aug 04, 2021

Balancing studies and athletics is never an easy feat, let alone becoming an Olympian.

Josue Dominguez Ramos, a biochemistry major from the department, recently participated in the Tokyo Olympics. Dominguez Ramos not only holds three BYU records, but holds eight records in the Dominican Republic. He represented the Dominican Republic in the 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke this past week. To read more about Dominguez Ramos and his journey to the Olympics, visit the following ...

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This Year's REU and Talmage Interns

Posted: May 27, 2021

Welcome to the REU and Talmage interns for the summer. 

These students come from universities all across the country for a 10 week program on BYU campus. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and future career opportunities. REU interns have the opportunity of working in several labs, participating in department-wide research projects, attending various professional training workshops, and further connecting with the industries of chemistry and ...

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Recognizing Student Excellence, an Annual Affair

Posted: May 19, 2021

Awards night this year may have been different from previous years, but it surely didn’t disappoint.

Students, faculty, and administrators gathered on April 14th, 2021 for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry annual awards night- only this year it was different than most, due to current COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Utah. Instead of the typical awards night and dinner, individuals gathered via Zoom to be recognized by the department.

The Department of Chemistry ...

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“It’s a Trap!”

Posted: Apr 23, 2021

The world’s first marine chronometer, the legendary Star Trek tricorder, and innovations toward portable mass spectrometers.

Dr. Austin’s Efforts Toward Mass Spectrometry and Portable Mass Analyzers

On March 9th, 2021 Dr. Daniel Austin from the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was presented the Izatt-Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research award for his extensive laboratory innovations and accomplishments. This endowed award of excellence is presented annually, alternating between BYU’s Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty. ...

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COVID-19 Myths and Misconceptions

Posted: Mar 08, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines are becoming increasingly available to the general public, many misconceptions about the vaccine and its effect have began to circulate.

A recent poll across the United States indicates that 30% of the population does not plan on receiving the vaccine, thus postponing the possibility of herd immunity and potentially putting the nation's health at risk.

Josh Andersen, a current BYU Professor with a PhD in molecular virology, leads research in the Fritz. ...

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Samurai, Swords, and Scientists

Posted: Feb 19, 2021

Look out, BYU — there’s a new club on campus and they’ve got swords. 

Scientists with Sword Skills (SwiSS) is exactly what it sounds like: a group of scientists (all members are currently from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry) with swords and the skills to use them… skills honed under the watchful eye of the club advisor, department postdoctoral fellow Dr. Richard Carson.

“The genesis of all this occurred when I was a graduate ...

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Three Minutes to Success

Posted: Feb 19, 2021

Student Concordia Lo has won the Chemistry Department and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 3MT competition!

Now she will advance to the university-level competition. Student Grant Ludlam of the Chemistry Department also received an honorable mention at the college level of the competition.

The 3MT competition is a three-minute research presentation performed by students and judged by faculty. The competition takes place at multiple universities worldwide.

Last year, student Reuben Dass of the ...

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