A promising breakthrough against a deadly foe: Streptococcus pneumoniae

Results of research by chemical biologist Yftah Tal-Gan and his team may lead to medical advances to aid the treatment or prevention of deadly bacterial diseases like Streptococcus pneumoniae in the future.

Learn more about Professor Tal-Gan's research

Chemistry is the central science, and its principles operate in all aspects of our daily lives. Understanding chemistry is fundamental in understanding the world around us, everything from energy to biology, medicine to materials, and more. Our Department offers an exceptional foundational undergraduate program as well as three graduate degrees, including one interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. Research is conducted in state-of-the-art facilities at the University as well as through scientific collaborations at research centers across the country.

Department of Chemistry news

A vial of bright yellow crystalline vulpinic acid sits on a lab bench next to various fuzzy lichens.

NASA grant funds research for sunscreen on Mars

High radiation on Mars is one of the many reasons the Red Planet seems inhospitable. Two chemistry professors from the University are using solutions from early Earth to solve that problem on Mars.

Yareli Navarro Chavez in a lab holding a vial.

Faces of the Pack: Yareli Navarro Chavez finds first-generation opportunities through Undergraduate Research

Pack Research Experience Program and TRIO STEM Scholars offer mentorship and sense of belonging to sophomore pre-med student

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Faces of the Pack: Luke Miers

University freshman Luke Miers represented the USA at the Snowshoe MTB World Cup

State-of-the-art facilities Explore the Department of Chemistry's facilities and equipment available to our students, including a full list of laboratory support staff.
Female student conducting an experiment using a chemistry glove box.
The promise of chemical ecology The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology enhances the highly successful interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the field of chemical ecology.
Chris Jeffrey inspecting a leaf in the jungle.