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Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Collaborative Life Sciences Building
With state-of-the-art teaching labs and classrooms, as well as unparalleled research labs and infrastructure, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building offers students in the life sciences the premier educational experience in the Pacific Northwest

Ethiopian Religious Texts

Ethiopian Religious Texts
Research in the Lasseter Clare Lab focuses on the intersection of materials chemistry and the conservation of artistic and historic works. The lab's work has included the first materials analysis of Ethiopian manuscripts from both Islamic and Orthodox Christian religions.

Inorganic Nanoparticles

Inorganic Nanoparticles
The Goforth Lab synthesizes size-controlled, uniform nanomaterials of diverse kinds for biomedical imaging applications with emphasis on photoluminescent silicon & X-ray opaque bismuth nanoparticles
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 Highlights

Professor Dirk Iwata-Reuyl and his collaborators were recently awarded a new 5-year grant from the NIH to expand their studies on RNA modification
Professor James Pankow and his group published new results in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrating that tobacco companies use the same flavorings in their products as those found in kids candy, presumably as enticements for young people. 
Professor Rob Strongin was awarded NIH funding to develop methodology for detection and quantitation of whole blood glutathione. Click here to read more in detail about this research project.


Seminar Series  

The Department welcomes University of California, Davis Professor of Chemistry, R. David Britt for a presentation on Biosynthesis of the Catalytic H-Cluster of [FeFe] Hydrogenase at this week's seminar.

Departmental News

We’re happy to announce that Dr. Steve Reichow will be joining the Department in Fall 2014 as a new tenure-track Assistant Professor. Dr. Reichow comes from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and will be initiating a research program on the structure of membrane protein complexes. 
Portland State University, led by Professor Gwen Shusterman, PSU STEM Liaison, has been awarded a five year, $2-million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve student persistence and retention in science.