University of South Florida

Department of Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences


Faculty Honors and Awards

Kaitlyn Kroner wins the College of Arts & Sciences Individual Performance Bonus Recognition Award

Kaitlyn was recognized for her extraordinary work as an Academic Program Specialist in the Department.

Dr. Woodcock wins USF World's global achievement faculty award

Congratuations to Prof. H. Lee Woodcock for winning the Outstanding Global Research Award for 2018. This is presented by USF World in recognition of exceptional work that enhances USF's mission as a global research university. Dr. Woodcock won this award based on both his efforts to co-lead an international team that focused on Characterization and engineering of a plastic-degrading aromatic polyesterase, and his long-term international collaboration that has been very successful in terms of both publications and external funding. Read more here. 

Dr. Guida elected AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to our Chair, Wayne Guida who has been Elected as an AAAS Fellow in the Chemistry Section! Read more here.

Dr. Li Group's Nature Communications publication gains attention

Dr. Li's recent publication in Nature Communications describes work on giant, nested, supramolecular architectures with antimicrobial activity. The article has since been featured by the USF News Channel and

Dr. Leahy publication selected for Synfacts

A recently published article authored by Dr. Leahy's group has been selected by the Editorial Board of Synfacts for its important insights. In Synfacts, current research results in synthetic organic chemistry are screened, selected, evaluated, summarized, and enriched with personal comments by experts in their field. The aim of Synfacts is to inform readers of the most significant recent developments and future trends in synthetic chemistry. The article is available online.

Congratulations to Kayla Li and Alejandro Navas for full scholarships at oxford

Kayla Li was awarded the prestigious Medical Sciences Graduate School Studentship, while Alejandro Navas has earned a Frost Scholarship. Full story here: Four Graduating USF Students Earn Full Scholarships to Study at Oxford

Congratulations to our FAME 2018 presentation winners

Ying He of Dr. Shi's lab received an Outstanding Graduate Poster award and Alex Filosa (an incoming graduate student in Dr. Li's lab) received an Outstanding Undergraduate Poster award.

Dr. Cai Group Makes JACS Cover

The paper "Hydrogen-Bonding-Driven 3D Supramolecular Assembly of Peptidomimetic Zipper" by Prof. Cai and his collaborators Prof. Ma and Prof. van der Vaart is featured on the cover of JACS.

Publication from Dr. Woodcock's group gains international attention

A PNAS paper titled "Newly Engineered Enzyme Could be the Key to Reducing Petroleum's Prominence in Creating New Plastics" emanating from Professor Woodcock's group with graduate students Fiona Kearns and Ben Pollard is receiving national and international attention. Check out this USF press release and CBC television interview. The work also involved scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth.

Dr. Ming Featured by ACS/USF News

A study conducted by Dr. Ming's group was featured in the news conference of the New Orleans ACS meeting final. The study suggests that a compound in beet extract shows promise in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Congratulations to Dr. Weldegirma for recieving a 2018-19 fullbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Solomon Weldegirma for receiving a 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for "Supporting Green Chemistry Education in Ethiopia and Contributing to the current need for sustainable chemical methodology".

Congratulations to Drs. Cai and Li on being awards an NIH R01 Grant!

Congratulations to Drs. Jianfeng Cai and Xiaopeng Li from the Chemistry department, together with Dr. Prahathees Eswara from CMMB, who were awarded a $1,417,197 NIH R01 grant! Its purpose is to design, synthesize and investigate a new class of antibacterial biomaterials based on 2D metallo-supramolecules with multilayered structure.

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Lewis and Dr. Shenqian Ma on being recipients of 2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Dr. Malik's Work Featured on JoSS Cover

Congratulations to Dr. Malik and his Ph.D. student, Dr. Sheshanka Kesani. Their work will be featured on the cover of the Journal of Separation Science

Dr. van der Vaart Featured on NRM Cover

Dr. van der Vaarts's research was recently featured on the cover of Nature Reviews Materials: Uncovering the structure–function relationship in spider silk.

Kaitlyn Kroner Receives USF Staff Award

Ms. Kaitlyn Kroner recently won the Quiet Quality Award, a campus-wide USF staff award given to recipients based on—among other qualities—their conscientiousness, professionalism, and positive attitude.

Dr. Ming Featured on EJIC Cover

Dr. Ming's research was recently featured on the cover of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 

Dr. Gelis' group and collaborators publish ground-breaking paper in Nature Communications

Dr. Ioannis Gelis, Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at USF, reports a ground-breaking study on the Hsp90 chaperone. His Nature Communications paper entitled "Phosphorylation induced cochaperone unfolding promotes kinase recruitment and client class-specific Hsp90 phosphorylation" was published this January.

USF affiliated company awarded USF Bull Ring Accelerator Grant

Dr. Wesley Brooks, Research Assistant Professor and CEO of CuPRx, L.L.C., a USF affiliated company founded to commercialize inventions made in the Guida Lab, has announced that CuPRx has been awarded $25,000 by the USF Bull Ring Accelerator Grant (BRAG) program to continue to work on the Virtual Target Screening (VTS) software being developed by Dr. Brooks of CuPRx, and Rainer Metcalf and Alan Caragal in the Guida Lab. VTS is a computational approach to drug repurposing and identification of potential adverse effects of drug candidates.

Dr. Scott Lewis named Associate Editor

Dr. Scott Lewis has been named an Associate Editor for Chemistry Education Research and Practice. Congratulations, Dr. Lewis!

Dr. Xiaopeng Li named as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, RSC activities span education, conferences, science policy, and the promotion of chemistry to the public. The designation FRSC is given to a group of elected Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to chemistry. The names of newly elected Fellows are published each year in The Times (London).

New Pre-Med/Business Dual Degree

Graduates of this dual-degree program will be educated about the business of medicine, which is useful to both physicians and administrators in the health care sector.

Dr. Jennifer Lewis named AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Lewis who was named a 2016 AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

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