Our most-read news from 2017

January 4, 2018
Top Stories of 2017

In 2017, our department made daring discoveries, pursued new frontiers, and excelled in teaching and research. Below, we countdown the year's ten most-read news and celebrate the varied successes of our faculty, students, researchers and alumni.





Alan YangAlan Yang, an undergraduate in the Kahne Lab, wins a Rhodes Scholarship

One of only 32 Americans to win a Rhodes Scholarship, the Class of 2018 undergraduate will travel to the University of Oxford next October.




Kevin MellemAlumnus joins Bay Area pharmaceutical start-up

After a postdoctoral research fellowship with Professor Andrew G. Myers, Kevin joined the start-up company Revolution Medicines as one of its first two chemists.





Undergraduate ChemistryAdvanced Laboratories (CHEM 100R and 165) Poster Session

Maria Brouard, a spunky undergraduate studying Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, beamed next to her poster. She had only one problem with her final project: it didn’t have enough color. 




Dependency of a therapy-resistant state of cancer cells on a lipid peroxidase pathwayStuart Schreiber's latest discovery in his fight against treatment-resistant cancers

Stuart Schreiber has been searching for vulnerabilities in treatment-resistant cancer cells. Recently, he found one.




Li Zha Nature Publication, August 2017New use for SAM from Li Zha and the Balskus Group

Li Zha, a sixth-year graduate student in the Balskus Lab, is the lead author on a new paper titled "Colibactin assembly line enzymes use S-adenosylmethionine to build a cyclopropane ring," from Nature Chemical Biology.




Professor Balskus Nature PublicationNew publication from Professor Emily Balskus, the "Microbiome Code Breaker"

Nature Chemical Biology published "A new strategy for aromatic ring alkylation in cylindrocyclophane biosynthesis."




ACS Award Winners 2018ACS honors David Liu and Emily Balskus

Two CCB faculty members, David Liu and Emily Balskus, earned prestigious ACS National Awards.




Using human embryonic kidney cells, researchers have come up with a way to edit specific letters in the genome.David R. Liu's latest paper on DNA "Base Editing" published in Nature

Liu and team's new technique targets individual letters, or genetic bases, and has the potential to correct more than half of all human genetic diseases.




Professor Nocera's Artificial LeafArtificial Leaf Named a 2017 Breakthrough Technology

The artificial leaf, an innovation from Daniel Nocera and Pamela Silver, promises to transform the world of energy technology.




Jarad Mason

Warm welcome to Dr. Jarad Mason

Dr. Mason joins the department on January 1, 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.




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