Seminar Archive

The following are Seminars from previous semesters.

Fall 2023 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
December 6, 2023 Atomic-Scale Insights for Batteries and Catalysts Revealed by Cryo-EM Dr. Yuzhang Li, UCLA
November 29, 2023 Capsid Assembly and Genome Packaging in a Plus-strand RNA Virus Dr. Rees Garmann, San Diego State University
November 15, 2023 How Did We Get Here? The Unusual Transport Itinerary of a Novel Rab GTPase Accelerating Protein Dr. Daniel Nickerson, CSU San Bernadino
November 8, 2023 Probing the Kinetics of Apolipoprotein A-I Exchange in Response to Lipid, Particle Size, and Mutation Status Dr. Mark Borja, CSU East Bay
November 1, 2023 Some Stories from Being a Chemistry Student and Chemistry Professor + A Couple of Dive Videos Dr. Stuart Berryhill, CSU Long Beach
October 25, 2023 Quantum Dots for Solar Energy Conversion Dr. Michael Enright, San Francisco State University
October 18, 2023 Engineered Tissues Models for Muscle and Cardiac Repair Dr. Perla Ayala, CSU Long Beach
October 11, 2023 Not Just for Oxides! Sol-Gel Methods for Nanoparticle Assembly Dr. Stephanie Brock, Wayne State University
October 11, 2023 Accelerated Decomposition Kinetics of Ammonium Perchlorate via Conformal Graphene Coating Dr. Alfred Baca, US Naval Research Laboratory
October 4, 2023 Nanostructured Silicon as a Theranostic Tool Dr. Michael Sailor, UC San Diego
September 27, 2023 Nanospace within Metal-Organic Frameworks: Plenty of Room for Imagination Dr. Shengqian Ma, University of North Texas
September 20, 2023 Estrogen receptor and testosterone in women and importance of estrogen in men Dr. Ellis Levin, Long Beach VA Medical Center & UC Irvine
September 13, 2023 Towards Inclusive and Accessible Chemistry Classrooms: Faculty and TAs as Change Agents Dr. Stacey Brydges, UC San Diego
September 6, 2023 Liquid Crystalline Assembly of Conjugated Polymers Dr. Shanju Zhang, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
August 30, 2023 Nanomaterials Interfaced to Photosystem I for BioHybrid Energy Conversion Dr. David Cliffel, Vanderbilt University
August 23, 2023 Novel properties of plasmonic metal nanostructures for sensing and cancer therapy: A case study of hollow gold nanospheres Dr. Jin Zhong Zhang, UC Santa Cruz

Spring 2023 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
May 3, 2023 Elucidating the role of host proteins in HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 infection Dr. Peter Ramirez, CSU Long Beach
April 26, 2023 Vascular contributions in dementia Dr. Zeke Gonzalez, University of Mississippi Medical Center
April 19, 2023 Nanothermodynamics of Metal Nanoparticles Below 4 nm in Diameter Dr. Francis Zamborini, University of Louisville
April 12, 2023 The Evolution of a Chemical Career Dr. Tom Maricich, CSU Long Beach
April 5, 2023 Living Materials: Programming Synthetic Materials with Engineered Living Bacteria Dr. Seunghyun Sim, UC Irvine
March 22, 2023 Compound Semiconductor Technology: Industrial Manufacturing of Materials, Devices Fabrication and Applications Dr. Partha S. Dutta, United Semiconductors
March 15, 2023 Using Chemical Biology to Address Environmental Challenges Dr. Matt Francis, UC Berkeley
March 8, 2023 One is the Loneliest Number: Multivalent and Multielectron Processes for Next-Generation Batteries Dr. Kimberly A. See, Caltech
March 1, 2023 Implementing Digital Badging to Assess Hands-on Laboratory Skills Dr. Marcy Towns, Purdue University
February 22, 2023 Cytoskeletal regulation by formins: effects of disease-associated mutations and small molecule inhibitors Dr. Christina Vizcarra, Barnard College
February 15, 2023 Investigating the Role of Arginine Methylation in PGC-1a, a Metabolic Regulator Dr. Cecilia Zurita Lopez, Chapman University
February 8, 2023 From Remdesivir (Veklury), (−)-Pavidolide B to Clopidogrel (Plavix): Using OChem-I & II Knowledge to Address Diverse Biomedical Challenges Dr. Yaoqiu Zhu, University of Texas at El Paso
February 1, 2023 Nature inspired multi-activity enzymes for improved carbohydrate deconstruction Dr. Renaud Berlemont, CSU Long Beach

Fall 2022 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
October 19, 2022 Uncovering the Roles of Midgut Proteases in the Blood Meal Protein Digestion System of the Aedes aegypti Mosquito Dr. Alberto A. Rascón, Jr., San Jose State University
October 12, 2022 Multiscaling the CRISPR-Cas Revolution from Gene Editing to Viral Detection Dr. Guilia Palermo, UC Riverside
October 5, 2022 Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment Dr. Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University
September 28, 2022 Exploiting Electron-Rich Molecules to Synthesize Bioactive Natural Products Dr. Kevin Kou, UC Riverside
September 21, 2022 Using actin to put our heads and hearts in the right places Dr. Margot Quinlan, UCLA
September 14, 2022 Innovation in Asymmetric Catalysis by Bridging Chemistry and Biology Dr. Yang Yang, UC Santa Barbara
September 7, 2022 Chemical routes to improve the extraction of gold and silver and to use these metals as nanomaterials Dr. Juan Carlos Rodríguez Reyes, Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio
August 31, 2022 Synthesis and evaluation of dipeptide as novel botulinum neurotoxin inhibitors Dr. Nicholas Salzameda, CSU Fullerton

Spring 2022 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 27, 2022 Exploring Color and Heat Reflectance Tunability of "Cool" Pigments Dr. Joya Cooley, CSU Fullerton
April 20, 2022 Exploring the Biochemical Environment of Insulin Secretory Vesicles Dr. Kate White, USC
April 13, 2022 Electrification and Decarbonization of Chemical Synthesis Dr. Karthish Manthiram, Cal Tech
March 23, 2022 Atomic and nanoscale characterization of chemical segregation in multiphase ceramics and nanocomposite functional oxides by TEM Dr. William Bowman, UC Irvine
March 16, 2022 Strategies and Methods for Bioactive Diterpenoids Dr. Chris Vanderwal, UC Irvine
March 9, 2022 Heterogeneous materials for electrochemical catalysis – using simple tools to understand complex interfaces Dr. Eleanor Gillette, University of San Diego
March 2, 2022 Dynamic catalytic interfaces: ensembles of metastable states break the rules of catalysis Dr. Anastassia Alexandrova, UCLA
February 23, 2022 Problematic Proteins: Mechanisms of Protein Aggregation and Dysfunction in Cellular Models of Neurodegenration Dr. Danny Hatters, University of Melbourne
February 16, 2022 Complex Chemical Mixtures - What is Inside of Them? Dr. Petr Vozka, CSU Los Angeles
February 9, 2022 Efficient quantum dynamics for two-dimensional electronic and vibrational spectroscopies Dr. Tomislav Begusic, Cal Tech

Fall 2021 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
December 8 The Expanding Amyloid Family: Structure, Stability, Function, and Pathogenesis Dr. David Eisenberg, UCLA
December 1 The Chemical Logic of Natural Product Biosynthesis Dr. Yi Tang, UCLA
November 17 The Role of Electric Fields and Aqueous Solvation for Catalyst Design / From photons to fuels by computation: Modeling electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 on copper electrodes Drs. Teresa Head-Gordon and Martin Head-Gordon, UC Berkeley
November 10 A Tale of DNA Modifications: Chemistry, Biology, and Applications Dr. Linlin Zhao, UC Riverside
October 27 Actin in self-defense: How the cytoskeleton protects neurons during cerebral ischemia and energy stress Dr. Shelley Halpain, UC San Diego
October 20 Small molecule electrocatalysis and interfacial charge speciation Dr. Hadi Tavassol, CSU Long Beach
October 13 Strange things happen at the nanoscale: Spectroscopy, entropy and quantum effects at solid/liquid interfaces Dr. Tod Pascal, UC San Diego
October 6 Reaction Networks and the Metric Structure of Chemical Space(s) Dr. Dmitrij Rappoport, UC Irvine
September 29 Connecting DNA Shape with CRISPR Target Discrimination: Mechanistic Insights Informing Applications Dr. Peter Qin, USC
September 15 Examining the morphology and chemical reactivity of 2D and 3D carbon structures Dr. Michael Groves, CSU Fullerton
September 8 Enzymatic Oxidative Coupling Reactions to Make Protein Therapeutics Dr. Matthew Francis, UC Berkeley
September 1 Anatomy of chemical reactions: Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide Dr. Jerry LaRue, Chapman University

Spring 2021 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 28 Development of multitarget inhibitors for the
treatment of pain: design, synthesis, biological
evaluation and molecular modeling studies
Dr. Stevan Pecic, CSU
April 21 Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysis: Mechanisms of CC
and C-Heteroatom Bond Forming Reactions
Dr. Xiaotai Wang, University of
April 14 Proteins and Drugs Controlling Cancer Cell
Dr. Seth Rubin, US Santa Cruz
April 7 The Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Simple Nitrogen
Oxides (NOx): Not So Simple
Dr. George Richter-
Addo, University of
March 24 The Fifth Element in Disguise Dr. Shiyuan Liu, Boston College
March 17 Single-Molecule Imaging of the Electrochemical
Dr. Bo Zhang, University of Washington
March 10 Recombinant protein-polymers in medicine and
Dr. Andrew MacKay, USC
February 17 Uncovering the proteomes and transcriptomes of
cellular protrusions using Laser capture
Dr. Karine Gousset, CSU Fresno
February 10 Fast and Accurate Quantum Chemistry Simulation
for molecular design and discovery
Dr. Fang Liu, Emory University
February 3 Cheminformatics: Using SWIF's to Identify Binding Modes in Non-Covalent Complexes Dr. Eric Sorin, CSU Long Beach
February 3 Stepping into Light: Developing a General Photo-
Initiated Hydroacylation of Alkenes
Dr. Paul Buonora, CSU Long Beach

Note: most of the Spring 2020 seminars were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Spring 2020 Department Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 11, 2020 From Photooxidation to Photobasicity: Adventures Exploring Photochemistry with Undergrads Dr. Andrew Petit, CSU Fullerton
March 4, 2020 Oxylipins and HDL, an explanation for pro- and anti-inflammatory activities Dr. Gregory Shearer, Penn State
February 26, 2020 Epitope-Targeting Cyclic Peptides as Chemical Biology Tools Dr. Min Xue, UC Riverside
February 19, 2020 Twists and turns along the path of reactivity-driven methodology development Dr. Hosea Nelson, UCLA