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Brian Liau wins the 2022 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

January 18, 2022

Brian Liau, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is one of ten recipients of the 2022 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award for his research: "Investigating allosteric mechanisms regulating DNA methyltransferase enzymes." Liau recieved received Stage 2 funding this year; he recieved the initial award in 2020. The Award was established to support “high-risk, high-reward” ideas with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer, and designed to provide funding to exceptionally creative thinkers with a...

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Assistant Professor Jarad Mason

Jarad Mason wins the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award

December 14, 2021
Jarad Mason, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has won the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award for his project on treating hypoxia with microporous water. The Dream Chemistry Award is an international competition that recognizes young chemists who "dream of solving fundamental problems with bold ideas." The competition is organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Read more here:... Read more about Jarad Mason wins the 2021 Dream Chemistry Award
CCB Annual Holiday Gift Drive Benefits Heading Home

CCB Annual Holiday Gift Drive Benefits Heading Home

December 8, 2021

This year items donated to the annual CCB gift drive went to Heading Home, an organization who has a mission to “end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.” This year’s drive collected a mix of books, gift cards, and bedding items.

Heading Home provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing, and support services, to low-income homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals in the communities of Boston...

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John Ovian

John Ovian awarded EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship

August 31, 2021

John Ovian, a graduate student in the Jacobsen Lab, has been chosen as a recipient of the EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship for 2021-22. John’s doctoral research focuses on developing catalytic enantioselective methods for the synthesis of chromanes and fluorinated building blocks. He also works to elucidate the catalyst features responsible for achieving high selectivity. Congratulations, John!

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American Chemical Society announces Division of Inorganic Chemistry Awards

August 31, 2021
Dr. Agnes Thorarinsdottir is the recipient of the 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry award together with Dr. Yunjung Baek. Dr. Thorarinsdottir, Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow, received her Ph.D. with Dr. Dave Harris at Northwestern University and currently she is conducting her postdoctoral studies in the Nocera Group. Dr. Yunjung Baek received her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Theodore Betley, Harvard University CCB.
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Harvard Women In Chemistry Launches Spotlight Initiative

August 11, 2021
The Harvard Women in Chemistry (HWIC) student-led group has launched a new series spotlighting female scientists in the department. HWIC leadership is strongly invested in community building and outreach and this platform will help to highight exceptional trainees. HWIC's mission is "dedicated to addressing issues concerning the representation and quality of life of women in STEM fields, particularly chemistry. We are dedicated to outreach to the local community to promote awareness of women in chemistry.... Read more about Harvard Women In Chemistry Launches Spotlight Initiative
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Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award

August 5, 2021
Rebecca Sherbo, a postdoctoral fellow in the Nocera group, has been awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. This award funds the postdoctoral-to-faculty transition for postdocs who have completed a Ph.D. in physical sciences and then transitioned into biological sciences. Rebecca’s work is at the interface of electrochemistry and synthetic biology. She focuses on growing carbon- and nitrogen-fixing bacteria electrochemically to make food products from renewable energy and gases. A full story can be found... Read more about Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award
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Researchers find first experimental evidence of elusive quantum state

August 3, 2021

“The Axion insulator is a new quantum state with truly exciting quantum properties.” said Suyang Xu, an assistant professor of chemistry at Harvard and a lead author of the report. “For a long time, researchers have been searching for materials that can realize this state. Finally, we have found a good one!”

The work, published in the journal Nature, is believed to be the first experimental evidence of this type of quantum state and can one day help generate a magneto-electric effect that can lead to...

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CCB Visiting Scholar, Dr. Frank Laukien, to serve as co-chair of new AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group

August 3, 2021
On July 28, 2021, The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the formation of its seventh and newest scientific working group, which will be dedicated to supporting cancer evolution research. CCB Visiting Scholar Dr. Frank Laukien, PhD, has been selected to serve as co-chair. The newly formed working group's mission is "to advance cancer diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention strategies by fostering a fundamental understanding of cancer evolution amongst its members and the broader cancer research community." A full story can be found... Read more about CCB Visiting Scholar, Dr. Frank Laukien, to serve as co-chair of new AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group