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Linus Pauling Medal Award Christopher Cummins will be recognized at the 2017 Linus Pauling Medal Award Symposium and Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 18, 2017
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.

Research Funding

Associate Professor Tami Lasseter Clare received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish the Pacific Northwestern Consortium for the Science of Cultural Heritage Conservation. The consortium will give five major regional museums in the Northwest access to conservation science for scholarly and educational purposes. READ MORE


Associate Professor Andrea Goforth and Assistant Professor Steve Reichow were both awarded Pilot Project Funding from the NIH BUILD EXITO program. Both grants are designed to engage undergraduate researchers at PSU with meaningful and mentored research experiences.

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow received funding from the National Institutes of Health to apply methods in single particle CryoEM to visualize the molecular mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication guided by the gap junctions. Dr Reichow also recently received funding from the Whitehall Foundation to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in neuronal plasticity and memory formation.

Departmental News

Science Lab Preparator, Sarah Bartlett, was recognized as the Portland State University Service Employees International Union employee of the year at the University's annual 'Top of the Class' celebration on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Department relies on Sarah's expert and tireless support for its teaching lab curriculum and congratulates her on this well-earned recognition.

Professor Niles Lehman has been elected president of The International Society for the Origins of Life, the oldest and largest society dedicated to elucidating life’s chemical origins. Dr Lehman will hold this office from 2017-2020


Researchers at DesignMedix, led by Professor of Chemistry David Peyton, have successfully combined two bioactive compounds to restore the effectiveness of anti-malarial drug neutralized by the emergence of resistant strains. Their work is featured in the inaugural issue of Research Features magazine.

More departmental news is available through the University website's news feed; additional items are recorded on our In the News page.

Student & Alumni News

Arnob Das, a high-school student volunteering in Research Associate Professor Shankar Rananavare's research lab, won a 1st place International Grand Award in Chemistry as well as recognition from the American Chemical Society at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

University of Kentucky Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Steven Van Lanen (PhD, 2003), seeks to discover new antibiotics in effort to combat the ever-increasing problem of antibiotic resistance. His work is featured in People Behind our Research, a video series produced by the University of Kentucky.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Courses held in the 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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