Education & Training

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Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Lab Members

The Biological Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Graduate Programs provide state-of-the-art training in biochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and molecular biology to prepare students to make significant research contributions at this interface of chemistry and biology.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Candidates should contact faculty members directly with curriculum vitae and three references. Support is available for selected postdoctoral researchers through the Sara and Frank McKnight Fellowships.

Molecule of the Year Award Recipients

Year Recipients Molecule Topic
2021 Jet Tsien and Yangyang Yang, Ph.D. Bpin BCP This bench-stable solid compound represents a general precursor to modularly access more sophisticated BCPs.
2020 Aloysus Lawong and Suraksha Gahalawat, Ph.D. ALCHM3 A novel tetrazole with antimalarial activity targeting heme polymerization.
2019 Juan Manuel Povedano Selfa, Ph.D. and Rameshu Rallabandi, Ph.D. SNARTUB For nucleophilic aromatic substitution with tubulin as the target of neuroendocrine cancer cells killing.
2018 Yu-San Yang Pbp1 For discovering that yeast ataxin-2 ortholog Pbp1 acts as a molecular redox sensor to regulate the TORC1 complex in response to the activity state of mitochondria.
2017 Yulani Zhen, Ph.D. ADP-Ribose For the discovery of the role of PARP modification in breast cancer sensitivity to chemotherapy.


Post-Baccalaureate Fellows


Grant Showell

Grant Showell

Chilton Foundation Post-Baccalaureate Scholar
B.S. from Morehouse College
Biology Major
Member of Kohler Group
Interested in Ph.D. in Biochemistry

Alyza Roman

Chilton Foundation Post-Baccalaureate Scholar
B.S. from UC Irvine
Biological Sciences Major
Member of Wetzel Group
Interested in Ph.D. in Microbiology

Andres Delarosa

Andres Delarosa

B.S. from UC San Diego
Chemistry Major
Member of Tambar Group
Interested in Ph.D. in Synthetic Chemistry