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We are now accepting applications for Laboratory Services Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit the following link: https://boisestate.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=171472&tz=GMT-07%3A00

Department News Highlights:

Jerrett HoldawayCongratulations to Jerrett Holdaway of the M.S. Chemistry Program for successfully defending his thesis titled “Potent and Potentially Non-Cardiotoxic Anthracyclines; Their Synthesis, Biological Evaluation, and Comparison of Hydrozone-Mediated Reductions”.


Wine SamplesAssistant Professor Michael Callahan and Research Scientist Karen Smith were part of a multi-disciplinary and international research collaboration involving chemistry, archaeology, agriculture, environmental sciences, climatological sciences, and natural history. This research effort led to the discovery that winemaking existed 8,000 years ago, around 6,000 B.C, and the findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here…


Jon Scaggs and Donna HarrymanCongratulations to Donna Harryman (right), Jon Scaggs (left), and Israel Shebley (not pictured) for their dedicated years of service to Boise State University and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Read more here…


Lisa Warner, Owen McDougal, Ken Fujise, Matt KingDr. Lisa Warner, Dr. Owen McDougal, and Dr. Matthew King have received a $1 million collaborative NIH grant to work toward a cure for heart disease. Read more here…


Mike Callahan, Henry Charlier, Daniel Shin, Raj NagarajanCongratulations to Daniel Shin of the Boise State M.S. Chemistry Program for successfully defending his thesis titled “AHL based Modulators for RhII, a Quorum Sensing Signal Synthase in P. aeruginosa“.

Daniel is pictured with his thesis committee members, Dr. Mike Callahan and Dr. Henry Charlier, and his advisor, Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan.


Owen McDougal, Mila Lam, Rajesh Nagarajan, and Eric BrownCongratulations to Nhu (Mila) Lam of the Boise State M.S. Chemistry Program for successfully defending her thesis titled “Investigation of Catalytic Activity of Stable β-Ketoacyl-ACP Substrate Analogs in Quorum Sensing Signal Synthesis”.

Mila is pictured with her thesis committee members, Dr. Owen McDougal and Dr. Eric Brown, and her advisor, Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan.