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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. Sixteen faculty and instructors are engaged in teaching and research involving more than thirty graduate students and 290+ undergraduate majors. Our courses serve both majors and non-majors in thousands of hours of instruction. The Department offers a wide variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate student research that lead to various careers in Chemistry & Biochemistry.

The Program in Chemistry & Biochemistry at FAU involves cross-disciplinary, multilevel approaches to education and research in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular medicine. Achieving an understanding of chemical and biochemical phenomena through scientific inquiry is becoming increasingly cross-disciplinary. Hence, a perspective that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and views chemical knowledge as an integrative process that span levels of chemistry, biology, biotechnology and biophysical chemistry is considered timely.

Current faculty strengths are in chemistry, biophysical chemistry, biochemistry and bioinformatics. The research conducted by faculty in the program contributes to fields such as synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, natural products, drugs from the sea, biomedical science, environmental science, molecular biology, proteomics and bioinformatics. The research activities are supported by a state-of-the-art instrumentation and drug discovery core facility. Active collaborations with faculty from the Colleges of Biomedical Science and Engineering & Computer Science across FAU and Scripps Florida, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and Max Planck Florida (soon to be initiated) provide valuable opportunities for our graduate students. Our faculty are funded by numerous federal (NIH/NSF), State and other agencies including the American Cancer Society. Our recent graduate students have gone on to work at Harvard and other major universities, GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical industries and Scripps Florida, Wistar Institute and other research institutes.


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