We are pleased to announce that Prof. Tatiana Segura was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2012. Prof. Segura's research focuses on regenerative medicine with emphasis on strategies to promote vascularization. Her projects rage from the synthesis of materials for the delivery of DNA to the delivery of stem cells in vivo. She has made significant contributions to the area of gene delivery and the design of scaffolds to promote vascularization.
Julius Glater, a UCLA adjunct emeritus professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering who was instrumental in developing water desalination technologies, died of age-related causes on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. He was 91.
Prof. Yi Tang is the winner of the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his work with Codexis on an efficient process for manufacture of the statin (cholesterol lowering drug), Simvastatin. The award is presented by the EPA in Washington, in June 2012.
James C. Liao, the Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the holder of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Chair in Chemical Engineering.
This is a national American Chemical Society (ACS) award "to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry". It is noteworthy that Yi, as a chemical engineer, is receiving a prestigious award in organic chemistry. As such, this is a particularly special award for Yi who recently accepted a joint appointment in the Organic Chemistry Division of the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Professor James Liao’s laboratory recently made three major advances in biofuels: 1) direct conversion of cellulose to isobutanol, 2) protein-to-fuel conversion, 3) record-setting n-butanol production in E. coli. Click to read White house blog and various news media reports.