Early stage clinical trial of antimalarial drug begins Enrollment has begun in a Phase 1 clinical trial of a new investigational drug invented in the Peyton Lab and designed to treat malaria.
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

ELEX Biotch Inc., a drug discovery and development company founded by Professor Robert Strongin, has received a three year $3M Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health to pursue research into the development of novel compounds for treatment of heart arrhythmias in catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). The company is based in the Portland State University Business Accelerator.

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow was selected to receive the 2019 PSU Early Career Research Award. This award is given annually and recognizes research excellence by an early career faculty member at Portland State. 

Associate Professor Mark Woods and a team from the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at OHSU were recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study HIV infection and inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This research will investigate strategies for interrupting the pro-inflammatory cycle and restoring GI tract integrity in patients with HIV infection.

Departmental News

Assistant Professor Steve Reichow and Professor Gwen Shusterman were both recognized with 2019 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The awards are named in honor of the Department of Geology's founding faculty member, who taught with distinction at Portland State for more than 35 years.

The Department of Chemistry has collaborated with the Office of Sustainability to offer free collection and recycling of pipette tip boxes. These plastic boxes are ground, melted, and extruded to make pellets that can be used in items made from recycled plastics. Empty tip boxes may be dropped off to the Chemistry Stockroom (SRTC 280) at any time. Only empty tip boxes, not the pipette tips themselves, are recyclable through this program

Associate Professor of Chemistry Andrea Goforth and alumna Anna Brown (Ph.D., 2014) recently received a patent for radiopaque bismuth particle polymer composite materials. Dr Brown has licensed the patent to her start-up company, Stark Street Materials Corp (SSMC). Drs Goforth and Brown and another collaborator received an award from the NSF Innovation Corp program for market discovery research. SSMC has also received support from the Portland State University Venture Development Fund for prototyping.

Drs Tami Lasseter Clare and Steve Reichow were named recipients of the Sigma Xi Outstanding Researcher Awards, Dr Clare in the division of Physical Sciences and Dr Reichow in the division of Biological Sciences. 

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

At the Department's 60th Annual Commencement and Awards Ceremony David Fuller will receive the Graduating Senior Award; Matthew Veter will receive the Clyde Johnson Award and a Carl Wamser Student Summer Research Scholarship; Shawna Vreeke will receive the Paul Emmett Award; James Barnes will receive the Alfred Levinson Award; Brandy Border will receive the Analytical Chemistry Award; Natham Smith will receive the George S. Hammond Award; and Trine Kay Quady will receive a Carl Wamser Student Summer Research Scholarship

Aleksandra Nilova (PhD candidate, Stuart Group) has been selected to present her work at the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, which is scheduled for July 11-14, 2019 on the campus of Duke University.

Elizabeth Perez (undergraduate Biochemistry major) has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award, which she will accept as a graduate student at Harvard University in Fall 2019. Elizabeth is a first-generation student and affiliate of Portland State's EXITO, HHMI EXROP, LSAMP, and McNair Scholars programs. The Department of Chemistry congratulates Elizabeth on her accomplishments.

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Kim Dolan (B.S. 2018, Reichow Group). Kim is currently pursuing graduate study in biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. 

Ian Munhenzva (PhD Candidate, Strongin Group) received the Office of International Student and Scholar Services' 2019 Outstanding International Student Award in honor of his exemplary efforts to overcome obstacles, improve the PSU community, and inspire others. The Department of Chemistry joins in congratulating Ian and recognizing the value international students bring to the Portland State community.


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