Research Description

Chemical biology at UCI focuses on understanding and manipulating the complicated chemical structures, reactions, and interactions of biology. Research projects include developing new spectroscopic methods for elucidating the structures of biomolecules, engineering and expressing novel proteins, mimicking biomaterials, studying electron transfer processes in proteins, using X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, optical microscopy and computer simulations to gain insight into biomolecules and biomolecular assemblies, inventing new chemical probes to address biomolecular interactions, controlling protein interactions and bioactivities, synthesizing biologically active compounds, and understanding the chemical basis for diseases.

Area Adviser: Prof. David Van Vranken

Courses that all chemical biology students are expected to take:

Chemistry 219 Chemical Biology

Chemistry 223 Biological Macromolecules

Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Rotations:

The chemical biology, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry rotation assignments are listed on the link below. Every effort was made to accommodate the preferences submitted by each student; however, owing to space limitations in some groups, not every request could be granted. Remember that you may still join a group, even if you did not rotate in that group. If you are or become interested in a group other than those in which you are rotating, ensure to interact with the PI and the group in other ways, including attending group meetings and discussing science with the PI. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the appropriate area advisor.
Rotation Schedule: 
  • Rotation 1: Monday, September 24 to Friday, October 12
  • Rotation 2: Monday, October 15 to Friday, November 2
  • Rotation 3: Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 30

2018-2019 Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Rotation Assignments

Advising Handouts

Associated Faculty