Chem and Biochem at the College of Charleston

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Alumni Affairs took some nice photos of our event in April. Make sure you join us for the next one!

Congratulations to Christopher Taylor, Class of 2019, on his matriculation to the PharmD program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

CofC Alum is Hilton Head's Only Oncologist

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry alumnus Dr. Gary Thomas reflecting on his career as an oncologist on Hilton Head. This alumnus has been Hilton Head Island’s sole oncologist for 25 years, but it’s hardly been a vacation.

CofC Chemistry represents at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Atlanta, (American Society for Mass Spectrometry)! Pictured (back): Dr. Jay Forsythe, Ronja Peter (visiting Master’s student from University of Aalen), Virginia James (Class of 2019, headed to Texas in the PhD program), Keon Rezaeerod (Class of 2020) Front: Mary Britt McDonald (Class of 2020), Dr. Candice Ulmer (Class of 2012, research scientist at the CDC), Dr. Rainey (Patterson) Garland (Class of 2011, working at Eastman), and Taylor Domenick (Class of 2015, PhD student at Florida). Not in the photo but also at the Conference, Michael Wrigley (Class of 2016, PhD student at Kansas). Keon, Ronja and Mary Britt are all working with Dr. Forsythe. Candice, Virginia, Rainey and Taylor all worked with Dr. Cory. Mike worked with Dr. Guirgis. Anyone else at the conference?

Congrats to alumna Jennifer (Downs) Shell, Class of 2001, on receiving a grant for her research project from the Prouty, an annual fundraiser at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). Dr. Shell and her team "are looking to create a better treatment outlook for pancreatic cancer patients by combining drugs traditionally used to treat pancreatic cancer with the vitamin B-12. This drug delivery system is known for its ability to selectively destroy pancreatic cancer tumors in mice in conjunction with radiation therapy." Dr. Shell earned her PhD at Emory and got her start in research here at CofC in the lab of Dr. Charles Beam.

[06/03/19]   Join us for a summer seminar!

Insights into Forensic Toxicology--Analytics beyond CSI

by Jürgen Kempf
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Medical Center - University Freiburg, Germany

Tuesday 06/11/19, 9:30am in the SSMB auditorium

Congrats to Sarah Taylor (Class of 2019) who will be accepting an ORISE fellowship at the CDC in Atlanta. She will be working with Dr. Brandon Kenwood with the Tobacco and Volatile Organics branch.


Are you looking to make a switch to industry? These hiring managers have some insights into the process.

Hey alumni, we are working on a project to advertise where our alumni are working in the chemical industry. Are we missing your company?? Let us know in the comments!

Congratulations to Class of 2019 senior Katelyn Kraichely on her admission to the MD/PhD program at the University of Virginia. The School of Medicine at University of Virginia receives 5,000 applications every year; they interview 650 and have an incoming class of ~150 students. The MD/PhD applicants are the top of this elite group.

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Biochemistry majors Dashiell Jay and Mason Huebsch have received prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, one of the nation's highest honors for undergraduates studying STEM disciplines.

[05/22/19]   Congrats to Kenny Hsu, DMD! Kenny is a class of 2013 graduate who finished Dental School last week at the Medical University of South Carolina.

[05/22/19]   Congratulations to Ethan Gerrald, Katherine Fary, and Michael Askarian from the Class of 2015 who received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina this past week!

[05/22/19]   Congratulations to Parth Patel, Class of 2013, who graduates today from the medical school at Columbia University.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


The MOFBOTS are coming! Spurred along by magnetic fields, these helical swimmers are the latest step toward building microscopic vehicles that carry therapeutic drugs to precisely where they’re needed in living tissue. Read more at

[05/13/19]   Congratulations to our graduates of 2019, half of whom graduated with Latin honors for the 3rd year in a row. Very few departments on campus top this rate of high GPA graduates. Special shout out to Biochemistry major Katelyn Kraichely who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA and who received a John Lewis Gervais Jr. Award for this achievement. Biochemistry is 2nd ranked major on campus for percentage with 66% of graduates earning Latin Honors this year.

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Biochemistry and Chemistry graduate from Class of 2004, Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz was our commencement speaker. Great advice, Ebony!

Slow down and appreciate the journey of life, Ebony Jade Hilton-Buchholz ’04 told the graduates, and take time to appreciate little moments.

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Post-ceremony festivities! Congrats Class of 2019!

Congratulations Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduates!

Almost time!

Senior Party at Baker and Brewer.

Congratulations to our Chemistry and Biochemistry senior award winners who were recognized today at the SSM awards ceremony.

We had a great alumni gathering last night. It only rained on us a little bit. From Class of 2018 to Class of 1969.

Luke Freeman Receives Jefferson Fellowship | Gilliard Research Laboratory

Congratulations to Luke Freeman, Class of 2017, who was awarded University of Virgnia's Jefferson Fellowship for his PhD work in chemical synthesis in the Gilliard Laboratory. UVa's Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, Jefferson Fellowships are designed to identify Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates who demonstrate outstanding achievement and the highest promise as scholars, teachers, public servants, and business leaders.

opportunities. Tuesday, April 16, 2019Congratulations to Luke Freeman who has been selected to receive the Jefferson Fellowship from the Jefferson Scholars Foundation! This award will support his work on molecular s-block compounds for bond activation and energy storage.

Congratulations to junior Biochemistry majors Dashiell Jay and Mason Huebsch who both found out today that they are receiving Goldwater Scholarships! The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

Dashiell's research is in the lab of Dr. Mike Giuliano and Mason has been working with Dr. Jenn Fox.

For those of you keeping track at home, that makes SEVEN Goldwater Scholars from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the last six years.

Congrats to Dr. Mike Giuliano whose grant to S.C. INBRE’s Developmental Research Project program was funded for a second year!

Congratulations to senior Katie Kraichely on being awarded an ACS Outstanding Senior Student award at the spring meeting of the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. Katie has been working in the lab of Dr. Mike Giuliano determining the solution structure of the neuropeptide galanin. She is headed to the MD/PhD program the University of Virginia.

Congrats to Profs. Brooke Van Horn and Tim Barker who were recognized yesterday for chairing the Faculty R and D Committee for two consecutive years and for being awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, respectively.

Congrats to faculty members Jim Deavor and Jenn Fox who both received awards of recognition at the annual School of Science and Math Picnic. Dr. Deavor was recognized with the Gordon Jones Award for his part in organizing the renovations of the Rita Hollings Science Center. Dr. Jenn Fox was recognized for her excellent work in mentoring undergraduate students in the research lab and was one of three faculty members who received the Michael Auerbach Award for Research Mentorship.

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni, are you coming to Charleston Affair for the weekend of May 3-5? The Chemistry Department is hosting an Alumni Reception from 5-7pm on Friday, May 3 in the SSMB building. If you are local or are in town for the big event on Saturday, come join us! You can register here (it is free!): Spring Alumni Weekend 2019 will be held May 3-5 with parties, brunches, A Charleston Affair, and other events planned throughout the weekend to welcome College of Charleston alumni home to campus.

Congratulations to class of 2017 graduate Ted Carrigan-Broda who will be starting the MD/PhD program at University of Massachusetts (in Worcester) in July. Ted will be studying structural biology using x-ray crystallography and cryo-EM. Ted hopes to combine his interests in synthetic chemistry and biochemistry in his PhD project and to apply his expertise to medically relevant research projects.

Great Chemistry and Biochemistry posters at today’s SSM poster session! Congrats to senior Patrick Gross for being selected as the Best Chemistry poster.

Tuesday was the final lab for long time adjunct faculty member, Dr. Tom Cuff. After 24 years of teaching for us at night after his day job at MeadWestvaco (now Ingevity), Dr. Cuff is retiring from the teaching business. Thanks Dr. Cuff for many years of faithful service to our students and the College.

Alpha Chi Sigma Bake Sale today! SSMB

[04/09/19]   Congratulations to Class of 2019 Ginny James and to alumni Luke Freeman ('17) and Erin Day ('18) who were all recognized by the National Science Foundation with Honorable Mentions in the fierce competition for graduate fellowships. NSF says that being selected for the Honorable Mention "is considered a significant national academic achievement". Ginny is headed to University of Texas at Austin, Erin is in the PhD program at UNC, and Luke is in the PhD program at Virginia.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department welcomes Ronja Peter, a graduate student from the University of Aalen in Aalen Germany. Ronja is the first student we hope of many from both CofC and University of Aalen who will benefit from a cross-cultural exchange through science. We now have a partnership with University of Aalen specifically to make chemistry internships and coursework available to chemistry students. Ronja is visiting through the summer and will be working with Dr. Jay Forsythe.


Chalk under an electron microscope! 🔬


A nurse who smelled her husband’s Parkinson's disease before he was diagnosed has helped researchers in the UK identify four biomarkers of the disease.

Scholarship Paves CofC Student's Way to Medicine

Chemistry research student Victoria Bailey featured on CofC page. Victoria was the recipient of an endowed scholarship created by Chemistry alumnus Gary Thomas, Class of '83. Thanks to the J. Gorman ’43 and Gladys Thomas Memorial Alumni Scholarship,Victoria Bailey’s path toward a medical career is clearer than ever.


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Watch out, CRISPR. The RNA editing race is on Start-ups and academic labs are designing molecules that hijack our own enzymes to precisely edit RNA


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