Neil Garg:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Neil Garg's exceptional research develops synthetic strategies and methods that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules. He is also beloved for his Organic Chemistry course, in which students create music videos about chemical reactions.


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Juli Feigon:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Juli Feigon's work sheds light on how the enzyme telomerase is assembled in cells, which may lead to a way to turn off telomerase in cancer cells and prevent them from multiplying.



Andrea Ghez:
Physics & Astronomy

Andrea Ghez researches the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy using the largest telescope in the world. Watch her talk about why she came to UCLA.



Andrea Bertozzi:

Andrea Bertozzi applies mathematics to social problems that affect people's lives, including using swarm models to help solve violent gang crimes in Los Angeles.


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Edward Wright:
Physics & Astronomy

Edward L. Wright, a leading researcher in infrared astronomy and cosmology, is the principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which completed a survey of the whole sky.



Jianwei Miao:
Physics & Astronomy

Work by Jianwei Miao's Coherent Imaging Group has allowed scientists to view the interior structure of a nanomolecule for the first time.


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James McWilliams:
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

James McWilliams researches the natural fluid dynamics of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. His three-dimensional simulation model of the U.S. West Coast is an important tool for interpreting coastal data and predicting future coastal changes.



Sabeeha Merchant: Chemistry
& Biochemistry

Sabeeha Merchant is a lead researcher on the gene sequencing of single-cell green algae, work which may have wide-reaching implications for the study of human disease.



David Jewitt: Earth,
Planetary, & Space Sciences

David Jewitt, director of the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets (iPLEX), won the Shaw Prize and the Kavli Prize for astrophysics, each worth $1 million, for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt.


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Terence Tao:

Terence Tao took calculus as a seven-year-old high school student. By age 20 he had received a Ph.D. from Princeton and joined the UCLA faculty. He has won the Fields Medal in Mathematics, a MacArthur "genius" grant, and the Crafoord Prize for Mathematics. Watch him talk about how he approaches problem solving.


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The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry presented its annual Norma Stoddart Award ceremony and lectures on Oct. 2, 2017. Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, who received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was in attendance to tell a standing room only-crowd about the remarkable woman who was his wife. Read more...

Giovanni ZocchiUCLA Physicist wins 2017 Feynman Theory Prize

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Mike Hong$2 million gift from alumnus establishes UCLA faculty chairs in chemistry and biochemistry

Hong came to the U.S. from South Korea in 1954 as an exchange student and graduated from UCLA in 1959 with a degree in chemistry. His gift of the two chairs will support scientific research with applications ranging from regenerative medicine to environmental sustainability. Read more...