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Evolutionary biochemisty

Evolutionary biochemisty
The Lehman lab is interested in the origins of life on the Earth and primordial RNA networks.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Collaborative Life Sciences Building
The new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) is a next-generation health and science education and research facility that combines the resources and brainpower of three Oregon universities under one roof.

PSU Squared

PSU Squared
PSU Squared is a new portal that connects Chemistry students to degree pathways and career opportunities in the sciences.
The Department of Chemistry at Portland State University maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research.

Portland State University’s location in downtown Portland, the major urban center of Oregon, provides a dynamic and exciting environment in which to pursue science. The University’s Department of Chemistry boasts esteemed faculty who model innovative pedagogy in the University’s state-of-the-art teaching labs and classrooms and access to unparalleled research and support facilities

Research Funding

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow received a New Investigator Grant from the Medical Research Foundation to characterize the molecular mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication through membrane channel proteins.

James Pankow

Professors James PankowDavid Peyton, and Rob Strongin received funding from the National Institutes of Health for their research into Toxicant Production and Mitigation in the Electronic-Cigarette Reaction Vessel.

Professor John Perona was recently awarded a new grant from NASA to fund his work on the biochemistry of sulfur metabolism in the Archaea.

Departmental News

We’re happy to announce that Dr. Jack Barbera will be joining the Department in Fall 2015 as a new Associate Professor. Dr. Barbera’s research focuses on how educators and researchers measure student learning in chemistry.  

Note that courses held in Collaborative Life Sciences Building have been scheduled to allow for travel time to and from the building; starting and ending times are offset from the main campus class time grid. Overrides for time conflicts will not be considered.

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