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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chemistry, the “central science,” deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.

Current Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

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People | November 17, 2022

Vice President for Research David Hatchett's first goal is hiring more staff to make it easier for faculty to get grant funding.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Research | June 23, 2022

Here's how UNLV's radiochemistry program is building a diverse workforce for the nation's nuclear energy sector.


UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV student Mary Blankenship poses for a photo on campus wearing a vyshyvanka, a traditional embroidered Ukrainian blouse
Research | March 16, 2022

Ukraine native, chemist, and policy researcher Mary Blankenship explains how one aspect of the Russia-Ukraine war is being fought online, on TV, and on social media platforms.

Chemistry and Biochemistry In The News

February 2, 2023

Even though you can't see them, your home is full of microscopic germs that can make your family or visitors sick. "Even the cleanest home has bacteria and viruses," says Ernesto Abel-Santos, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "In fact, most have benefits for us."

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 22, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding for a project focusing on the nuclear energy workforce.

Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2022

Biology student Citlally Lopez wants to help medical patients every step of the way.

TV Azteca Noticias
March 31, 2022

Citlally López has two clear goals: to find a cure for cancer , through her new research grant , and to break down the cultural and gender barriers that surround the very masculine world of science .

Voice of America
March 30, 2022

Citlally López has two clear goals: to find a cure for cancer and to break the cultural and gender barriers that surround the very masculine world of science.

STEM Magazine
March 21, 2022

Organic chemistry undergraduate Citlally Lopez strives to diversify science.

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Recent Chemistry and Biochemistry Accomplishments

February 1, 2023
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration announced the establishment of a $25 million cooperative agreement with a University of Florida-led consortium of 16 universities for research in topical areas relevant to nuclear forensics. This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five…
January 2, 2023
A research article by Ph.D. candidate Joel Castillo, his advisor and program director Artem Gelis (both Radiochemistry), and collaborators from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was recently published in Inorganic Chemistry. The article, "Multiplicity of Th(IV) and U(VI) HEH[EHP] Chelates at Low Temperatures from Concentrated Nitric Acid…
December 7, 2022
Art Gelis, Ken Czerwinski, and Dan Koury (Radiochemistry) have been notified that their proposal, "Research Traineeship for Nuclear Forensics," has been selected for a Nuclear Forensics Research Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. The $1,395,000 award, which is expected to start in…
November 17, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Chemistry) was invited and participated in a workshop hosted by the US-EU Trade and Technology Council to discuss Russian disinformation in Africa and Latin America. Blankenship has appeared in the media numerous times discussing disinformation and misinformation, and has published…
November 16, 2022
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun’s (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) biochemistry laboratories recently published a research article titled “The Assembly of Mammalian SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Complexes is Regulated by Lysine-Methylation Dependent Proteolysis,” in Nature Communications. This research revealed for the first time how the mammalian SWI/SNF…
August 16, 2022
Cory Rusinek (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was awarded $315,000 from Batelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC for his project titled, "Long-term monitoring of pertechnetate and other radionuclides in groundwater using passive sampling and a novel elecrochemical sensor." The funding comes from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP…